The Worship Quote of the Week for (10/08/2002):

Magnifying Christ
The psalmist sings, "O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name
together!" John the Baptist gave his testimony, "He [Jesus] must increase; I
must decrease." But what does it really mean to magnify God? to see Christ
increased? Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is from a new book about the glory of
Christ. The author of this excerpt is Jim Elliff.

When we magnify Christ, we do not make Him any bigger. When you magnify
something, you are simply making it larger to the eye. Christ cannot be made
any bigger or more glorious than He already is. But like the Hubble
telescope, we go out to display the attractiveness and the magnificence of

Do you long to do that? All your other goals may be very important, but this
has to be supreme. If you miss it here, you have missed it all.

— Jim Elliff, from "The Believer’s Passion for the Glory of Christ," chapter
8 in THE GLORY OF CHRIST, edited by John H. Armstrong. Wheaton: Crossway
Books, 2002, p. 159. ISBN 1-58134-298-5. Other authors in this book are John
H. Armstrong, Albert Mohler, Jr., and J. I. Packer.

[Take a look at Psalm 34:1-3; John 3:22-36; Philippians 2:5-11; The Book of

Have a great week,

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