“If your local church is doing things right,
it will be seeking to provide a spiritual environment
for your growth predicated on God’s terms—which is to say, not yours. Let’s not neglect to approach that holy ground,
and take our shoes off in reverence when we get there,
even if it means shoving one of them in our mouths.”
From his excellent article, What We Talk Like When We Talk About God
“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
“God has spoken and acted in Jesus Christ.
He has said something. He has done something.
This means that Christianity is not just pious talk.
It is neither a collection of religious ideas nor a catalogue of rules.
It is a ‘gospel’ (i.e. good news) –
in the apostle Paul’s words ‘the gospel of God…
regarding his Son…Jesus Christ our Lord.’
It is not primarily an invitation for us to do anything;
it is supremely a declaration of what God has done in Christ
for human beings like ourselves.”
– John Stott, Basic Christianity
The fuel of worship is
a true vision of the greatness of God;
the fire that makes the fuel burn white hot is
the quickening of the Holy Spirit;
the furnace made alive and warm by the flame of truth is
our renewed spirit;
and the resulting heat of our affections is
pushing its way out in confessions, longings,
acclamations, tears, songs, shouts,
bowed heads, lifted hands, and obedient lives.
– John Piper