Private and Public Worship
PRIVATE AND PUBLIC WORSHIP
How is it possible to worship God publicly once each week when we do not worship Him privately throughout the week? Can we expect the flames of our worship of God to burn brightly in public on the Lord’s Day when they barely flicker for Him in secret on the other days? Isn’t it because we do not worship well in private that our corporate worship experience often dissatisfies us? "There is no way," says the Welsh Baptist, Geoffrey Thomas, "that those who neglect secret worship can know communion with God in the public services of the Lords Day."
— Donald S. Whitney, SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES FOR THE CHRTISTIAN LIFE. Chapter 5, "Worship . . . For the Purpose of Godliness." Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2002, pp. 93-94. ISBN 1-57683-330-5. Don Whitney’s web site at www.spiritualdisciplines.org.
THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
SCHOOL OF CHURCH MUSIC & WORSHIP
INSTITUTE FOR CHRISTIAN WORSHIP LECTURES
Donald S. Whitney is associate professor of spiritual formation at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. He is the author of SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES FOR THE CHRISTIAN LIFE, HOW CAN I BE SURE I'M A CHRISTIAN? SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES WITHIN THE CHURCH, TEN QUESTIONS TO DIAGNOSE YOUR SPIRITUAL HEALTH, and SIMPLIFY YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE. Dr. Whitney keeps an active schedule as a guest speaker (www.spiritualdisciplines.org).
Tuesday, October 14
12:30pm--"Private Worship Essential for Every Worship Leader: Part I"
1:30pm--"Worshipping in Truth without Losing the Spirit: Part I"
Wednesday, October 15
12:30pm--"Private Worship Essential for Every Worship Leader: Part II"
Thursday, October 16
1:30pm--"Worshipping in Truth without Losing the Spirit: Part II"
All lectures are in Cooke Choral Rehearsal Hall on the campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and are free and open to the public. For more information, please call 502-897-4115 or contact Carl Stam at email@example.com. Other lectures in this series may be accessed at www.sbts.edu/icw. I hope you can join us.
Have a great week,
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary