The Worship Quote of the Week for (05/25/2004):

Worship: Adoration and Action
Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is another that points to the “both/and” of authentic Christian worship—a lifestyle of obedient service and a heart of thankful adoration.

Christian worship consists both in obedient service to God and in the joyful praise of God. Both of these elements are brought together in Hebrews 13:15-16, a passage that comes close to giving a definition of Christian worship: “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” The sacrifice of praise and the sacrifice of good works are two fundamental aspects of the Christian way of being-in-the-world. They are at the same time the two constitutive elements of Christian worship: authentic Christian worship takes place in a rhythm of adoration and action.

—Miroslav Volf, “Worship as Adoration and Action: Reflections on a Christian Way of Being-in-the-World,” Chapter 13 in WORSHIP: ADORATION AND ACTION, edited by D. A. Carson, (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1993), p. 207. ISBN 0-8010-2584-2.

This same chapter is also included in a newer volume, WORSHIP AT THE NEXT LEVEL: INSIGHT FROM CONTEMPORARY VOICES, edited by Tim A. Dearborn and Scott Coil. (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2004), p. 35. ISBN 0-8010-9167-5. This volume will be easier to find.

WORSHIP TO THE GLORY OF GOD (July 12-16 in Louisville) will feature lectures by Harold Best and Bob Kauflin of Sovereign Grace Ministries. The five-day event is available as a two-credit course at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary or simply as a workshop for interested participants. You can expect an intensive experience combining both theological reflection and practical guidelines for planning and leading authentic biblical worship in today’s church. All lectures and materials will be relevant to both traditional and contemporary expressions of corporate Christian worship. If you have questions, please call 502-897-4115. This and other summer offerings can be seen at Click on “2004 Summer Workshops”.]

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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