The Worship Quote of the Week for (05/10/2004):

Worship and Holiness
Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is from a new book about the church.

If we are in the church, then God is calling us to a life of holiness, and 1 Corinthians is a good place to start. Here God calls us to be holy in the way we handle our disagreements, holy with respect to marriage and divorce, holy in our sexuality, holy in the way we handle our singleness, holy when we are tempted to bow down to the idols of this age, holy in our respect for the gifts of others, and holy in our worship. When we are confronted with the temptation to sin—as we are every day—we need to say, “I am holy for Christ, and I want to live in a way that is pleasing to him.” This is the way God calls us to live because only this kind of life is in keeping with his character: “As he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:15-16).

—Philip Ryken, in THE CHURCH: ONE, HOLY, CATHOLIC, AND APOSTOLIC, by Richard D. Phillips, Philip G. Ryken, and Mark E. Dever. Chapter 3, “A Holy Church.” (Phillipsburg, NJ: R&R; Publications, 2004), p. 64-65. ISBN 0-87552-614-4.

Have a great week.

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

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