The Worship Quote of the Week for (12/31/2002):

Saved to Worship
Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE seems to be an amplification of the Westminster Shorter
Catechism’s first answer: "Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy
him forever." The author is John MacArthur.

The foundation upon which true worship is based is redemption. The Father and
Son have sought to redeem us that we may become worshipers. Jesus said that
the Son of Man came into the world to seek and to save that which was lost
(Luke 19:10). In John 4 He reveals the purpose for His seeking: "For such
people the Father seeks to be His worshipers" (v. 23). The Father sent Christ
to seek and save for the specific purpose of producing worshiping people.

Thus, the objective of redemption is making worshipers. The primary reason we
are redeemed is not so that we may escape hell—that is a blessed benefit, but
not the major purpose. The central objective for which we are redeemed is not
even so that we might enjoy the manifold eternal blessings of God. In fact,
the supreme motive in our redemptive is not for US to receive anything.
Rather, we have been redeemed so that God may receive worship—so that our
lives might glorify Him. Any personal blessing for us is a divine response to
the fulfillment of that supreme purpose.

— John MacArthur, Jr., from THE ULTIMATE PRIORITY, Chicago: Moody Press,
1983, p. 23. ISBN 0-8024-0186-4. John MacArthur is pastor-teacher of Grace
Community Church of the Valley, Sun Valley, California

Have a great day!

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