Stott on Theology & Worship

It is important to note from Romans 1-11 that theology (our belief about God) and doxology (our worship of God) should never be separated. On the one hand, there can be no doxology without theology. It is not possible to worship an unknown god. All true worship is a response to the self-revelation of God in Christ and Scripture, and arises from our reflection on who he is and what he
has done. It was the tremendous truths of Romans 1-11 which provoked Paul's outburst of praise in verses 33-36 of chapter 11. The worship of God is evoked, informed and inspired by the vision of God. Worship without theology is bound to degenerate into idolatry. Hence the indispensable place of Scripture in both public and private devotion. It is the Word of God which calls forth the worship of God.

On the other hand, there should be no theology without doxology. There is something fundamentally flawed about a purely academic interest in God. God is not an appropriate object for cool, critical, detached, scientific observation and evaluation. No, the true knowledge of God will always lead us to worship, as it did Paul. Our place is on our faces before him in adoration. 

As I believe Bishop Handley Moule said at the end of the last century, we must "beware equally of an undevotional theology and of an untheological devotion."


Today's WORSHIP QUOTE deals with that delicate balance (or combination) of "head and heart" that is needed as we come to worship God. The author is John Stott, author of the best-selling BASIC CHRISTIANITY, and rector emeritus of London's All Souls Church.

Have a great week.

(Originally posted 9/26/2000)

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Bumper Sticker on God's Forgiveness

Today's WORSHIP QUOTE OF THE WEEK is a bumper sticker message that makes me uncomfortable. It rightly challenges my natural tendency to think of myself as independent of God's constant provision for my spiritual and physical well-being. Here it is.

"God gives and forgives.
Man gets and forgets."



Lord, help me to remember your many blessings, to be thankful to you and to bless your name. Amen!

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Bonhoeffer on Sin and Forgiveness

By Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The heart of man is revealed in temptation. Man knows his sin, which without temptation he could never have known; for in temptation man knows on what he has set his heart. The coming to light of sin is the work of the accuser, who thereby thinks to have won the victory. But it is sin which is become manifest which can be known, and therefore forgiven. Thus the manifestation of sin belongs to the salvation plan of God with man, and Satan must serve this plan.

- Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), from TEMPTATION, MacMillan.


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