Category Archives: Worship

Understand?

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“The constellation of Virgo (The Virgin) is especially rich in galaxies, due in part to the presence of a massive and gravitationally-bound collection of more than 1300 galaxies called the Virgo Cluster. One particular member of this cosmic community, NGC 4388, is captured in this image, as seen by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3.”

 

“If God were small enough to be understood,
He would not be big enough to be worshiped.”

Evelyn Underhill

Why Go to Church?

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“Certainly one can be self-centered inside a church gathering, but the church gathering is nevertheless where all the sinners ought to be at the appointed time, smack-dab in the middle of a congregational experience specifically organized against the idolatry of personal preference. Not just because God says to do it—although that’s reason enough—but because it is good for us to have our singular voice lost in the sea of corporate praise and it is good for us to shut our social-media-motor-mouths for a bit and hear ‘Thus saith the Lord.’ We should go to church—not mainly, but nevertheless—because it confronts and stunts our spiritual autonomy and individualism. We should go lest we become Cainites, saying ‘I’m not my brother’s keeper.’ Or reverse Cainites, ‘My brothers aren’t my keepers.’”

Jared Wilson

Worship Transfer

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“A sinful act involves worship of the wrong kind,
submitting ourselves at that moment to serve
the appetites of our pride or lust,
and so repentance is literally a transfer of our worship
back to the One who rightfully owns it…
Worship has been misunderstood as something that arises
from a feeling which ‘comes upon you,’
but it is vital that we understand that it is rooted
in a conscious act of the will, to serve and obey the Lord Jesus Christ.
The feelings, the joy of having been forgiven,
follow on as a consequence of our reunion with him.”

Graham Kendrick, Worship

Not Getting, But Giving

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“Gathering with God’s people is not first about being blessed but about being a blessing. It’s not first about getting but about giving. As we prepare to worship on Sunday morning, our first consideration should be ‘how to stir up one another to love and good works.’ We should approach Sunday deliberately, eager to do good to others, to be a blessing to them. In those times we feel our zeal waning, when we feel the temptation to skip out on a Sunday or withdraw altogether, we should consider our God-given responsibility to encourage ‘one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.’ This text is not about us, but about them. This text is not for Christian individuals but Christian communities.”

Tim Challies