The Worship Quote of the Week for (07/31/2001):

Lifestyle Worship
Todayís WORSHIP QUOTE is another on the important theme of "lifestyle
worship." Perhaps you can think of some Scriptures that back up the idea that
God cares a great deal about the private thoughts and actions of Christian
worshippers.


LIFESTYLE WORSHIP
What we are individually, twenty-four hours a day, is more important than
what happens in church once a week. The secret of acceptable worship lies in
how we are at home, or at work, and when we are alone and nobody knows what
we are doing. It lies in our total lifestyle. Jesus said, "He that is
faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much" (Luke 16:10). If we
donít get our act together before we come to church, we canít expect to
worship at church. We canít expect something magical to happen once weíre
inside the church doors. We mustnít think, "All I need to do is get to
church," because it doesnít work that way. If we are hypocrites, if our
profession of faith lacks reality, when we come to church to sing and worship
we will be out of tune, and will not be making music pleasing to God.

ó R. T. Kendall. WORSHIPPING GOD: REDISCOVERING THE FULL DIMENSION OF
WORSHIP. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1999 edition with new forward by Darlene
Zschech, p. 95. ISBN 0 340 74588 6


["Tune my heart to sing thy praise." Amen.]


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.edu