The Worship Quote of the Week for (08/22/2006):

Just How Sinful Am I?
Have you ever come across an altered version of "Amazing Grace" that used the phrase, "Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a soul like me"? It is easy to understand why people would want to take some of the "wretched" offense out of our confession of sin. I am sure that I am a part of the for-all-have-sinned group that the apostle Paul references; but just how sinful am I? Am I totally depraved? What does that mean, anyway? Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is from John Stott's commentary on the book of Ephesians.

The biblical doctrine of "total depravity" means neither that all humans are equally depraved, nor that nobody is capable of any good, but rather that no part of any human person (mind, emotions, conscience, will, etc.) has remained untainted by the fall.

óJohn Stott, THE MESSAGE OF EPHESIANS. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1980, p. 79.

["Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it!" That's Chip Stam. I need a Savior. I need to remember the rest of the song: "Let thy grace, Lord, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee." Amen.]

Blessings to all!
Have a great week.

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

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