The Worship Quote of the Week for (03/06/2007):

God's Grace Is Amazing
Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is a collection of short thoughts from a wonderful little book on God’s amazing grace. The author is Timothy George, Dean of the Beeson Divinity School of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.


God’s grace should provoke wonder and worship among all of God’s children (p. 5).

Once we understand who God really is, once we have experienced His inexhaustible lovingkindness, which like the dew is fresh every morning, it will change the way we worship. From a heart overflowing with gratitude, we will want to honor and glorify God by gratefully offering back to Him the many good gifts He has bestowed on us. We will not go to church to be entertained, to see “what we can get out of it” for our own private gratification, but rather to praise and worship the triune God of grace and glory (pp. 118-119).

Our sense of the grace of God, of our neediness in the face of His omnipotent love, is a true barometer of genuine spirituality and biblical worship (p. 120).

—Timothy George, AMAZING GRACE: GOD’S INITIATIVE—OUR RESPONSE, Nashville: LifeWay Press, 2000. ISBN 0 7673 9866 1

1. In John Bunyan's PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, what was main character's name before it was changed to Christian?
2. What is the original source of the wonderful acrostic for "grace"?

GRACE = God's Riches at Christ's Expense

I've also seen it this way:

GRACE = God's Righteousness at Christ's Expense


Friends, may you know and embrace the boundless love of Almighty God, the AMAZING GRACE of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the sweet fellowship and instruction of the Holy Spirit.

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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