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Monday, August 10, 2009
Deep Thought of the Week: Worship and the Knowing Beyond Knowledge
Here's how most of us are accustomed to approaching life.

1. Think.
2. Understand.
3. Know.

This approach will lead to knowledge, but not necessarily knowing. Too often, our worship gatherings create contexts for gaining knowledge. Could this be one of the driving rationales for building worship sets around sermon themes?

True worship creates a context where the opposite approach happens.

1. Know
2. Understand
3. Think

Consider the following 2 prayers from Paul for the Ephesian Christians:

1:17I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe.

3:14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Think about it. . . . ;-)


posted by John David Walt | at 8/10/2009 07:09:00 PM



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shouldn't we KNOW about it first.

What are you basing the statement "Here's how most of us are accustomed to approaching life.
1. Think.2. Understand.3. Know." on? Just curious.

Glad your back.

10:18 AM EDT  
Blogger John David Walt said...

thanks anonymous

"I think, therefore I am." Descartes

In the enlightenment era-- reality and identity is defined primarily rationally.

make sense?

it's why we would try and get the right "thought" in our head before we take communion. mystery simply can't be approached most effectively in this fashion-- in my judgment.

i am not talking about suspending rational faculties-- but i am talking about another plane of knowledge altogether. The danger-- which we have seen-- is gnosticism. but the risk of the danger need not steer us away from the real place.

10:48 AM EDT  
Anonymous Chad Brooks said...

One of the things that we have been talking about this week was the idea of knowledge and what it meant to a Jew. It isn't this gnostic idea of information, but a level of intimacy that we have with God...think back to when you read the passages about Adam "knowing" eve and you giggled.

12:03 AM EDT  

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