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)