The Worship Quote of the Week for (06/05/2001):

Three Fundamentals of Worship
Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is another from Marva Dawn’s fabulous book A Royal
"Waste" of Time. Buy yourself a copy and one for your pastor or worship
leader. [If you appreciate what Dr. Dawn says, please see the note below
about a recent recorded message, available on the Internet.]


THREE FUNDAMENTALS OF WORSHIP
Throughout all my work on issues of worship I especially emphasize three
fundamental criteria that I believe the biblical canon gives us for assessing
what we do in worship and why — that God be the Infinite Center, that worship
upbuild the Body, and that believers be nurtured in faith and life. These may
lead to myriads of different choices in different parts of the world, but
they never mean catering to everyone’s tastes. Instead, if these are our
primary guidelines, we will discover God’s authority, under which we then
will engage with all the Body in the process of exercising our authority to
craft and lead worship according to the gifts given us to be pastors and
teachers (and musicians) as gifts to the churches — until the day prophesied
in Philippians 2:9-11, when the dominion of Christ is complete, and the
medium and the message are finally perfectly one.

— Marva J. Dawn, A ROYAL "WASTE" OF TIME: THE SPLENDOR OF WORSHIPING GOD AND
BEING CHURCH FOR THE WORLD, Chapter 16, "Being Church: Building Community,"
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1999, p. 202.


[Marva Dawn’s lecture "Genuine Church: Musician of Integrity" is now
available as a RealAudio file at www.ACDAonline.org/R&S/worship/marvadawn.shtml. This important message to church musicians was delivered on March 17,
2001, in San Antonio, Texas, at the national convention of the American
Choral Directors Association. Dr. Dawn spoke to about 350 church musicians at
a 7:00am session, hosted by the Carl Stam and the Music and Worship
Repertoire & Standards Committee. Marva J. Dawn is a theologian, author, and
educator with "Christians Equipped for Ministry" (Vancouver, Washington) and
Adjunct Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College (Vancouver, BC).]


Have a great week,


Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky
carlstam@aol.com
www.carlstam.org
www.sbts.educ