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Some Collected Quotes on Worship


“Christian worship is the most momentous, the most urgent, the most glorious action that can take place in human life.” Karl Barth

“When we begin to glimpse the reality of God, the natural reaction is to worship him. Not to have that reaction is a fairly sure sign that we haven’t yet really understood who he is or what he’s done.” N.T. Wright

“Worship changes the worshiper into the image of the One worshiped.” Jack Hayford

“Worship is to the Christian life what the mainspring is to a watch, what the engine is to a car. It is the very core, the most essential element.” John MacArthur

“If worship is just one thing we do, everything becomes mundane. If worship is THE one thing we do, everything takes on eternal significance.” Timothy J. Christenson

“Worship is the proper response of the creature to the Creator. Worship does not create something new; rather, it is a transparent response to what is, a recognition of our creaturely status before the Creator himself.” D.A. Carson

“Worship is giving God the best that He has given you.” Oswald Chambers

“If there is one characteristic more than others that contemporary public worship needs to recapture, it is this awe before the surpassingly great and gracious God.” Henry Sloane Coffin

“Worship is no longer worship when it reflects the culture around us more than the Christ within us.” A.W. Tozer

“Worship is not about our cozying up to God, our buddy or pal. There is, of course, intimacy with Abba, but we are in no way being set up in a partnership of equals in worship. A partnership or koinonia between equals results in fellowship, not worship…Worship inherently implies a distinction between the worshiper and the one worshiped.” Ben Witherington

“In Isaiah’s day the human crowds were still present for worship; it was God who had opted out. The problem for religious leaders then was not how to get people to come back to attending worship; it was how to get God to attend. It might be wise even in the present to look at worship from that perspective.” J.J.M. Roberts

“A good shoe is a shoe you don’t notice…The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of; our attention would have been on God. But every novelty prevents this. It fixes our attention on the service itself, and thinking about worship is a different thing from worshipping.” C.S. Lewis

“Increasingly you find people talking about the worship experience rather than the worship service. That reflects what’s happening in the outside world. I’m dismayed to see churches abandon the means of grace that God ordains simply to conform to the patterns of the world.” John Gilmore

“We meet with the high and holy one, the God of fire, in order that we may ourselves be transformed and be agents for the healing of this world…To enjoy worship for its own sake, or simply out of a cultural appreciation of the ‘performance’ would be like Moses coming upon a burning bush and deciding to cook his lunch on it.” N.T. Wright

“The Christian community sings. It is not a choral society. Its singing is not a concert. But from inner, material necessity it sings. Singing is the highest form of human expression…We can and must say quite confidently that the community which does not sing is not the community.” Karl Barth

“Worship is not and never was intended to be a spectator sport or the performance of the few for the benefit of the many couch potatoes in the pew. The consumer approach to worship puts the emphasis almost entirely on the wrong syllable. It leads to pastors desperately seeking to change acts of worship or worship patterns in an attempt to attract a bigger crowd, the theory being that worship should be a matter of giving the people what they want and crave. This is completely wrong. Worship is a matter of giving to God what he desires and requires of us. If you end up with a nice ‘buzz’ because of it, that’s a bonus and a by-product; it’s not what worship is striving for.” Ben Witherington

One Response to “Some Collected Quotes on Worship”

  1. I really enjoyed reading these.

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