The Worship Quote of the Week for (09/03/2002):

Christ-Centered Worship
Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is taken from WORSHIP BY THE BOOK, a brand new volume
edited by D. A. Carson. This selection is by Kent Hughes, the pastor of the
College Church (Wheaton, Illinois), and deals with the importance of
Christ-centeredness in Christian worship.

If you worship Christ as the CREATOR of everything, every cosmic speck across
billions of light years of trackless space, the Creator of the textures,
shapes and colors that dazzle our eyes: if you worship Christ as the
SUSTAINER of all creation, who by his word holds the atoms of your body and
this universe together; if you worship him as the GOAL of everything, that
all creation is for him; if you further worship Christ as the RECONCILER of
your soul—then you worship the God of the Bible. Anything less than this is
reductionist and idolatrous.

— R. Kent Hughes, "Free Church Worship: The Challenge of Freedom," chapter
three of WORSHIP BY THE BOOK, edited by D. A. Carson. Grand Rapids:
Zondervan, 2002, p. 153. ISBN 0-310-21625-7. Other chapters in this book are
by D. A. Carson, Timothy Keller, and Mark Ashton. Highly recommended!

[Read Colossians 1:15-22 in light of the above quote; or rather, read the
above quote in light of Colossians 1:15-22. For another WORSHIP QUOTE from
Kent Hughes, take a look at]

Have a great week,

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky