The Worship Quote of the Week for (10/21/2003):

Knowledge of God Leads to Worship
Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is from a wonderful sermon on worship by John Stott. You can actually hear this entire message by going to and accessing the RealAudio file.

Worship is not a mindless exercise. First and foremost, worship is a rational activity. It arises from careful reflection on who God is (in the infinite glory of His being) and what He has done . . .. Worship without theology is bound to degenerate into idolatry; hence, the essential place of Scripture both in public worship and private devotion. It is the word of God that evokes the worship of God . . .. True knowledge of God will always lead us to worship.

—John Stott, in a sermon entitled "Worship," based on Romans 11:33-36, preached at All Souls Church, Langham Place, London, as part of a 1992 series of messages entitled "Living in the Light of the Gospel." I am extremely grateful to the tape ministry of All Souls Church for allowing me to include this audio message on my web site at If you have never heard John Stott preach, I suggest that you take about 26 minutes and listen to this wonderful message.

[Hundreds of other SERMON TAPES from All Souls Church, Langham Place, London, can be found at]

Have a great week,

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