Richard Foster

Foster on when Spirit Touches Spirit

This Worship Quote of the Week is another from Richard Foster's The Celebration of Discipline.

SPIRIT TOUCHES SPIRIT
"Worship is our response to the overtures of love from the heart of the Father. Its central reality is found 'in spirit and truth.' It is kindled within us only when the Spirit of God touches our human spirit. Forms and rituals do not produce worship, nor does the disuse of forms and rituals. We can use all the right techniques and methods, we can have the best possible liturgy, but we have not worshipped the Lord until Spirit touches spirit."

- Richard Foster, The Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth, Chapter 11, "The Discipline of Worship," (San Francisco, CA: Harper, 1988), p. 158.


CHIP’S THOUGHTS

Holy God, touch us with your Spirit as we respond to the amazing overtures of your love! Amen!

Have a great week!


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Foster on Worship and Discipline

This Worship Quote of the Week is from Richard Foster's The Celebration of Discipline.

TO WORSHIP IS TO CHANGE
Just as worship begins in holy expectancy, it ends in holy obedience. If worship does not propel us into greater obedience, it has not been worship. To stand before the Holy One of eternity is to change. Resentments cannot be held with the same tenacity when we enter his gracious light. As Jesus says, we need to leave our gift at the altar and go set the matter straight (Matthew 5:23, 24). In worship, an increased power steals its way into the heart sanctuary, an increased compassion grows in the soul. To worship is to change.

- Foster, Richard J. The Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth. San Francisco, CA: Harper One, 1988, 173.


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