Worship with the Spirit
WORSHIP WITH THE SPIRIT
Before we can worship in spirit and truth we must have within us the One whose name is the Holy Spirit and the "Spirit of truth" (John 14:17). He lives only within those who have come to Christ in repentance and faith. Without Him true worship will not happen. We’re told in 1 Corinthians 12:3 that "no one cans say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit." That doesn’t mean no one is capable of speaking such words apart from the Holy Spirit, it means no one can say them as an act of true worship unless motivated by the Holy Spirit. He is the One who reveals God to us and makes Christ irresistible, who teaches us the truth of Scripture, who makes alive hearts that were dead toward God. He is the One who makes hearts that were cold toward worship flame with passion for Christ.
— Donald S. Whitney, SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES FOR THE CHRTISTIAN LIFE. Chapter 5, "Worship . . . For the Purpose of Godliness." Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2002, p. 9. ISBN 1-57683-330-5. Don Whitney’s web site at www.spiritualdisciplines.org.
[Notice that one of Dr. Whitney’s lectures this week will be "Worshipping in Truth without Losing the Spirit."] If you are unable to join us, look for the RealAudio file at www.sbts.edu/icw.]
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, 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. Dr. Whitney will also be preaching at Louisville’s Clifton Baptist Church on October 19, 10:45am service.
Have a great week,
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary