The Worship Quote of the Week for (01/07/2003):

Church and Worship
Christians understand that all of life should be lived as worship before God.
Recently many authors have referred to this concept as "lifestyle worship."
Todayís WORSHIP QUOTE goes a step furtherósuggesting that worship as such was
not the focus of the early churchís gatherings. The provocative authors are
Anglican evangelicals doing college ministry in Australia. [Please note that
I have included both a short and a long version of today's WQOTW.]


CHURCH AND "WORSHIP" [short version]
The purpose of church is fellowship with Godís people around Godís Word. We
worship in every aspect of our lives day by day as we offer our bodies as
living sacrifices to God. To confuse the two, as most evangelicals seem to
today, is a drastic error.

ó Phillip Jensen and Tony Payne, "Church/Campus Connections," in TELLING THE
TRUTH: EVANGELIZING POSTMODERNS, D.A. Carson, general editor. Grand Rapids:
Eerdmans, 2000, p. 202-203. ISBN 0-310-23432-8



CHURCH AND "WORSHIP" [a longer excerpt from the same source]
At this point, many readers may be thinking, "But donít we basically go to
church to worship God, and isnít this what Sunday supplies that the midweek
parachurch activity cannot?"

That this view is so common among evangelicals today is testimony both to our
lack of serious engagement with what the Bible actually says about church and
to our short historical memories. We write as Anglican evangelicals whose
denomination has basically been destroyed by this view of church and worship
over the past 150 years. When we hear evangelicals talking about church being
worship, and our buildings being sanctuaries, with the Lordís table as an
altar, it is greatly disturbing, not least because it is so biblically wrong.
All the language of temple, altar, sanctuary, service, priests, and offerings
is taken up and fulfilled in the death of the Lord Jesus Christ, our Great
High Priest. He is our temple, our tabernacle, our offering, our sacrifice,
and thus our whole lives are our spiritual worship as we obey him and do his
will. We do still worship in churchóbut only in the sense that we breathe in
church. We donít go to church to worship any more than we got to church to
breathe.

The purpose of church is fellowship with Godís people around Godís Word. We
worship in every aspect of our lives day by day as we offer our bodies as
living sacrifices to God. To confuse the two, as most evangelicals seem to
today, is a drastic error. You certainly wonít find the two confused in the
New Testament . . ..

These ideas no doubt go somewhat against the grain. We have sat, Sunday after
Sunday, for years on end, hearing our pastor say, "We welcome you today to
our hour of worship." Yet study the Scriptures and see.

ó Phillip Jensen and Tony Payne, "Church/Campus Connections," in TELLING THE
TRUTH: EVANGELIZING POSTMODERNS, D.A. Carson, general editor. Grand Rapids:
Eerdmans, 2000, p. 202-203. ISBN 0-310-23432-8



Happy New Year!


Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky
www.carlstam.org
www.sbts.edu