Kendrick on Repentance and Worship

Most of us probably think of repentance as something that prepares us to worship God. We view repentance as prelude to real worship, as prerequisite for praise. Worship leader and songwriter Graham Kendrick sees repentance as central.

We do not always think of repentance as worship, but it can be much easier to sing a rousing hymn than to turn away from our favourite sin. A sinful act involves worship of the wrong kind, submitting ourselves at that moment to serve the appetites of our pride or lust, and so repentance is literally a transfer of our worship back to the One who rightfully owns it . . . Worship has been misunderstood as something that arises from a feeling which "comes upon you," but it is vital that we understand that it is rooted in a conscious act of the will, to serve and obey the Lord Jesus Christ. The feelings, the joy of having been forgiven, follow on as a consequence of our reunion with him.

- Graham Kendrick, Worship, (Kingsway Publications, 1984), 26.


Remember that repenting from sin is quite different from confessing sin. Repentance is turning, changing course.

Kyrie eleison. Lord, have mercy, and by your grace, help us to turn away from sin. Today, help us to turn toward you. Amen!

Have a great week!

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Kendrick on Where Worship Begins

Today's Worship Quote is from songwriter Graham Kendrick.

Everybody worships. Whether it is a hero, possessions, success, pleasure, a political cause, a carved idol or oneself, the way we live and behave makes evident the things we love and give ourselves to. It is in our very nature to worship, and that inner drive is God-given; the disaster is that as part of a fallen race, we have replaced the object of our worship. To be converted to faith in Jesus Christ is to return to the worship of the true God, and to dethrone all rivals to his authority.

- Graham Kendrick, Worship (Kingsway Publications, 1984), 24.


May we continue to turn our God-given worshiping nature toward the only worthy object. The source becomes the goal.

Have a great week!

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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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