P Gallegher 4 2017

(pic credit: ©2017 by Paul Gallegher. Used with artist permission)

THESE QUOTES all came from various web sites, quoting some Giants of the Faith (historic and modern) regarding Adoration and Worship… just to prime the pump on our journey to answer ‘what is God-worship and adoration??’…


  • Louie Giglio: Worship is our response, both personal and corporate, to God for who He is, and what He has done; expressed in and by the things we say and the way we live.
  • John Piper: Worship is what we were created for. This is the final end of all existence-the worship of God. God created the universe so that it would display the worth of His glory. And He created us so that we would see this glory and reflect it by knowing and loving it-with all our heart and soul and mind and strength. The church needs to build a common vision of what worship is and what she is gathering to do on Sunday morning and scattering to do on Monday morning.
  • Harold Best: Worship is the sign that in giving myself completely to someone or something, I want to be mastered by it.
  • Warren Weirsbe: Worship is the believer’s response to all they are – mind, emotions, will, body – to what God is and says and does.
  • William Temple: Worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness; the nourishment of mind with His truth; the purifying of imagination by His Beauty; the opening of the heart to His love; the surrender of will to His purpose – and all of this gathered up in adoration, the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable and therefore the chief remedy for that self-centeredness which is our original sin and the source of all actual sin.
  • David Peterson: Worship of the living and true God is essentially an engagement with him on the terms that he proposes and in the way that he alone makes possible.  David Peterson
  • Dan Block: Reverential human acts of submission and homage before the divine Sovereign, in response to his gracious revelation of himself, and in accordance with his will.
  • John Stott: Christians believe that true worship is the highest and noblest activity of which man, by the grace of God, is capable.
  • A.W. Tozer: To great sections of the church the art of worship has been lost entirely, and in its place has come that strange and foreign thing called the ‘program.’ This word has been borrowed from the stage and applied with sad wisdom to the type of public service which now passes for worship among us.
  • William Temple: To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.
  • William Barclay: The true, the genuine worship is when man, through his spirit, attains to friendship and intimacy with God. True and genuine worship is not to come to a certain place; it is not to go through a certain ritual or liturgy; it is not even to bring certain gifts. True worship is when the spirit, the immortal and invisible part of man, speaks to and meets with God, who is immortal and invisible.
  • D. A. Carson: To worship God ‘in spirit and in truth’ is first and foremost a way of saying that we must worship God by means of Christ. In him the reality has dawned and the shadows are being swept away (Hebrews 8:13). Christian worship is new covenant worship; it is gospel-inspired worship; it is Christ-centered worship; it is cross-focused worship.
  • John Frame: Redemption is the means; worship is the goal. In one sense, worship is the whole point of everything. It is the purpose of history, the goal of the whole Christian story. Worship is not one segment of the Christian life among others. Worship is the entire Christian life, seen as a priestly offering to God. And when we meet together as a church, our time of worship is not merely a preliminary to something else; rather, it is the whole point of our existence as the body of Christ.
  • John Piper: Strong affections for God, rooted in and shaped by the truth of Scripture – this is the bone and marrow of biblical worship.
  • Josh Riley: Worship is everything we think, everything we say, and everything we do, revealing that which we treasure and value most in life.
  • Mark Driscoll: Worship is living our life individually and corporately as continuous living sacrifices to the glory of a person or thing.
  • John Wimber: Worship, the act of freely giving love to God, forms and informs every activity of the Christian’s life.
  • Fernando Ortega: Charles Wesley, Isaac Watts and Martin Luther agreed that that the collective worship of the church must be, at once, decidedly beautiful, graciously evocative of our shared humanity, deeply personal and rooted in sound theological reflection.
  • Scotty Smith: Creation perfectly reflected God’s glory and declared His immeasurable worth, and all of life should be lived to the glory of God and for the pleasure of God… offered the ceaseless praise of worship service in work, play, relationship, and direct communion with God.
  • Matt Redman: overflow of your heart…Worship is about getting personal with God, drawing close to God. All worship is a response to a revelation–it’s only as we breathe in more of the wonders of God that we can breathe out a fuller response to Him….the key to a life of passionate and powerful worship comes from seeing God. The revelation of God is the fuel for the fire of our worship. Reverence is such a biblical posture in worship. If you look through the Bible, there’s a whole host of people who faced up to the glory of God and found themselves facedown in worship.
  • Chris Tomlin: True worship, worship in spirit and truth, has never been and will never be a trend. This style of music may be a trend, but that’s because God’s blowing a fresh Wind of His Spirit in so many people who are coming to realize that anything that just builds us up as people isn’t worth much. What gives God the spotlight is important. And that’s all we’re about. The worship leader God is after is the one whose heart is captured by Him.
  • Christy Nockels: What a concept to come into worship knowing who we are approaching…the absolute fullness of God, pleased to dwell in this Jesus whom we worship. He’s already broken the chains…already seated us with Him…already invited us ‘into the glorious’.


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