Volf on Adoration and Action

Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is another that points to the “both/and” of authentic Christian worship—a lifestyle of obedient service and a heart of thankful adoration.

Christian worship consists both in obedient service to God and in the joyful praise of God. Both of these elements are brought together in Hebrews 13:15-16, a passage that comes close to giving a definition of Christian worship: “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” The sacrifice of praise and the sacrifice of good works are two fundamental aspects of the Christian way of being-in-the-world. They are at the same time the two constitutive elements of Christian worship: authentic Christian worship takes place in a rhythm of adoration and action.

—Miroslav Volf, “Worship as Adoration and Action: Reflections on a Christian Way of Being-in-the-World,” Chapter 13 in Worship: Adoration and Action, edited by D. A. Carson, (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1993), p. 207. ISBN 0-8010-2584-2.

This same chapter is also included in a newer volume, Worship at the Next Level: Insight from Contemporary Voices, edited by Tim A. Dearborn and Scott Coil. (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2004), p. 35. ISBN 0-8010-9167-5. This volume will be easier to find.

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