BILL’S BLOG ENTRY #63

From “Discipleship and Discipline” by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005:

“BALANCING”

““Another aspect of the balance a disciple must achieve in his/her life is in the content of worship. We are encouraged in John 4: 23 – 24 to “worship the Father in spirit and truth.” In this day and time, there is often a perceived conflict between spirit and truth. Yet the Scripture clearly says that a disciple worships God in spirit and truth. Some teach that worship is not true unless it is primarily an emotionally charged, charismatic, ecstatic experience. If one is not “slain in the Spirit” or “speaking in tongues”, one is not truly worshipping and questions are raised as to one’s salvation! Once I went to worship at a church known primarily for its charismatic style of worship. I was enjoying praising the Lord, but I was seated while doing so. One of the other attendees who was on her feet shouting and dancing actually paused to look at me and ask, “What’s the matter with you?”, because I was not worshiping in the same manner as was she! I could not understand. If she was really focused on God and giving Him praise, how could I and my manner of worship be of any concern to her?! On the other side, there are those who approach worship almost as a purely intellectual exercise, emphasizing the knowledge and “science” of the worship experience. A disciple is not required to “feel” anything at the point of salvation. A disciple does not have to pass a written or oral examination in order to be granted a place as a disciple. Yet, an intimate, personal, loving, living relationship with God and knowledge of His will for you will cause you to rejoice! Emotion and intellect are not incompatible in a disciple. They are complementary.””

About THE DISCIPLE

William H. “Bill” Hicks is a graduate of Wesleyan University, BA, Religion, 1971 who also holds a Masters in Public Health Degree (MPH) from the University of Oklahoma Hudson College of Public Health (1973). Bill also has studied at the Dallas Theological Seminary. He grew up in Harlem, New York City, USA during the 1950s and 1960s, graduating from high school before attending Mount Hermon Preparatory School and undergraduate school in Connecticut. He has spent most of his professional life in the public health arena, while being constantly in ministry. He received his license to preach the Gospel at Oklahoma City, OK in 1971. He has written extensively on Christian topics. He enjoys life in Chattanooga, TN with former District Public Defender Ardena Garth Hicks, his wife of 30 years. They have two daughters, Rachel (BA, University of Memphis magna cum laude, 2014) and Sarah (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, Global Scholar, University of Tulsa, 2017).
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