Although worship is our response to love, it is actually better thought of as the Spirit’s gift to us of a response to God or, in Matt Redman’s words, ‘a gifted response’. We can only respond to God in praise because the Holy Spirit causes love for God to arise in our hearts (Rom. 5:5), enabling us to cry ‘Abba, Father!’ (Gal. 4:6). Without the Spirit we could not even sincerely say, ‘Jesus is Lord’ (I Cor. 12:3). And, as we have seen, even that is not the full story, because the response the Spirit enables us to make to the Father is actually simply a sharing in Christ’s own response to the Father. The Spirit, in other words, is the one who baptizes us into Christ (I Cor. 12:13) and enables us to share with Christ in His worship of the Father.
—Robin Parry, Worshiping Trinity, 97
The answer to bad theology is not no theology but good theology. Christians want to speak about God, and if you want to do that there simply isn’t a ‘no theology’ option.
—Robin Parry, Worshiping Trinity, 7
Although very few Christians are called to be academic theologians, all Christians are called to think theologically. My conviction is that theology is relevant to Christian living. Theology that does not have some cash value for a life of obedient worship is, at best, of secondary interest.
—Robin Parry, Worshiping Trinity, 8
Christian worship is nothing more, nor less, than the Spirit enabling us to join in with Christ’s worship of the Father. Christian prayer is nothing more, nor less, than the Spirit enabling us to join in with Christ’s prayer to the Father.
—Robin Parry, Worshiping Trinity: Coming Back to the Heart of Worship, 16
Those who shape worship are the de facto theologians of the church, whether they want to be or not.
—Robin Parry, Worshiping Trinity: Coming Back to the Heart of Worship, 13
‘Right belief’ about God is intimately connected to ‘right worship’ because believing right things about God is an essential component in honouring God appropriately. This is why Christians speak of right belief about God as ‘orthodoxy’, which means ‘right glory’. If we are to give God the glory He deserves, we need to think and speak rightly about God. . . . The Trinity should be at the core of our worship because the God who is at the heart of worship is Trinity.
—Robin Parry, Worshiping Trinity: Coming Back to the Heart of Worship, 8
The Trinity is not a theoretical doctrine—some form of theological algebra, but the life of God within which all Christians live. The doctrine of the Trinity provides the basic grammar for all Christian life and thought. Nowhere is this more true than in regard to worship—the first calling of the people of God.
—Robin Parry, Worshipping Trinity: Coming Back to the Heart of Worship, viii