Testament language, literature and theology at the University of Edinburgh,
The worship of Christians today should be informed and enriched by biblical
teachings and that worship should be conducted thoughtfully in the light of
the need to distinguish between mere human religion (which is always
idolatrous in tendency, whether Christian or non-Christian) and the
revelation of God. Precisely if worship seems a familiar activity to
contemporary Christians, there is all the more reason to do some serious
reflection, taking nothing for granted and considering afresh the meaning and
implications of Christian devotion.
. . . Intelligent worship of Jesus includes bringing to that worship a grasp
of what the gospel of Jesus Christ tells us of God’s purposes. Reflecting
today on the worship of Jesus can lead Christians to a deeper discovery of
God and of who Christians are called to be in God’s redemptive grace.
—Larry W. Hurtado, AT THE ORIGINS OF CHRISTIAN WORSHIP: THE CONTEXT AND
CHARACTER OF EARLIEST CHRISTIAN DEVOTION, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999, p.
118. ISBN 0-8028-4749-8
Have a great week!
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary