worship folder

April 30, 2017

Order of Worship

The Order of Worship and Announcements are posted by Friday each week for the upcoming Sunday.

Quote of the Month

Do not be slothful in zeal,
be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

Religious “enthusiasm” is often despised as fanatical. But Paul has something different in mind, when he bids the Romans not to flag (literally, “be lazy”) in zeal, for zeal is fine so long as it is according to knowledge (10:2). In telling the Romans to be “aglow with the spirit,” he is almost certainly referring to the Holy Spirit, and the picture is not so much of a glowing lamp as of a boiling, bubbling pot. The additional clause (serving the Lord) may well be meant as a “control or check in what might otherwise be interpreted as an invitation to unbridled enthusiasm.” Practical commitment to the Lord Jesus, as slave to master, will keep zeal rooted in reality.

John R. W. Stott, The Message of Romans:
The Bible Speaks Today Series
(pp. 331-332)