The Worship Quote of the Week for (11/06/2007):

Dangerous Worship
Do we approach Christian worship as "same ole same ole"? Or do we expect that a vital encounter with the God of creation and redemption will change us, stretch us, and form us? Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is a reminder that the God of the universe is not a tame god--echoes of Hebrews 10:31.

Nothing is as dangerous as encountering the true and living God. Why? Because meeting God redefines everything we call normal and commands us to seek first his kingdom (Matthew 6:33). This is why God's messengers speak these words of assurance again and again in the Bible: "Fear not." The righteous, holy, all-powerful God, maker of heaven and earth, is no one's peer. "Is there any god besides me? / There is no other rock; I know not one (Isaiah 44:8).

God cannot be tamed. God alone lives in perfect and uninhibited freedom. God is and will be God. There is no other. The witness of all who have had the closest and most personal encounters with God-- from Abraham to Peter, from David to Paul, from Sarah to Mary--agree encountering God means you will never be the same. This is the greatest (and best) danger of worship.

óMark Labberton, THE DANGEROUS ACT OF WORSHIP: LIVING GOD'S CALL TO JUSTICE. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2007, pp. 63-64. ISBN-13 978-0-8308-3316-0.

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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