“Everybody wants to save the earth;
nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.”
“…this little boy with five barley loaves and two fish did the one thing that the disciples never in their infinite wisdom thought to do.
In all their strategy and their frustration about their own inability
to affect any sort of change in their situation,
they neglected to do what was implicit to this little boy:
they never once thought to give what they had to Jesus.”
Worship gatherings are not always spectacular, but they are always supernatural. And if a church looks for or works for the spectacular, she may miss the supernatural. If a person enters a gathering to be wowed with something impressive, with a style that fits him just right, with an order of service and song selection designed just the right way,
that person may miss the supernatural presence of God.
Worship is supernatural whenever people come hungry to respond, react, and receive from God for who He is and what He has done.
A church worshipping as a Creature of the Word doesn’t show up to perform or be entertained; she comes desperate and needy, thirsty for grace, receiving from the Lord and the body of Christ, and then gratefully receiving what she needs as she offers her praise—
the only proper response to the God who saves us.
– Geiger, Eric; Chandler, Matt; Patterson, Josh . Creature of the Word: The Jesus-Centered Church
“It’s possible to claim the name Christian without being Christian at all – that is, without following Christ.
Jesus is far more than a theological icon to believe in;
he is a person to follow.
He is not just the truth; he is the way.
But those who follow Jesus are constantly in danger of getting lost,
for we live in a culture that stands in huge contrast to Jesus…
Jesus shows us how to live this gospel-based life,
but he doesn’t give us a how-to manual.
Rather, the local congregation,
the company of praying men and women,
is the primary place where we discover the way of Jesus.”
“Wonder is a deep, profound experience. The typical secular education of our day makes us suspicious or callous to wonder. It seems so
unscientific, so unsophisticated, and ultimately,
so seemingly unnecessary. So they say.
But to lose the sense of wonder is to lose one of the great beauties of life. Worship, on the other hand, exercises our sense of wonder.
It helps us see things and hear things and feel things
that not everyone recognizes.
Worship, in essence, is wonderful.”
–Hughes Oliphant Old
“Enter into His Courts with Praise: Worship Fills Us with Wonder,”
Worship Leader Magazine, Vol. 8, No. 4, July/August 1999.
“The Scriptures include or allude
to just about every approach to worship there is:
organized, spontaneous, public, private,
simple, complex, ornate or plain.
Yet there is no comment anywhere
about any one way being preferred over another.
Rather, it is the spiritual condition of the worshiper
that determines whether or not God is at work.”
“Sometimes what most hinders our perception of what God is doing
is our own expectation of what God should do or would do.”
“If God were small enough to be understood,
He would not be big enough to be worshiped.”
“Why we sing:
because some longings of the heart are insulted by mere talk.”
“Ongoing involvement in the church is no more optional
than loving Christ for the Christian.
‘Do you love me,’ he asked. ‘Then care for my flock.’
It is in the challenging nature of maintaining long term involvement
with flawed and often frustrating fellow believers
that the process of genuine sanctification is realized.”