Where Real Worship Begins
Lessons from the Life of Job
By: James T. Draper Jr.
Category: Study Notes

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The message of Job is not that prosperity is a measure of faith or that personal loss equals spiritual failure. We are not even called to reflect on why God allows suffering. The lesson of Job is to trust in the certain righteousness and goodness of God, regardless of circumstances, and love Him for who He is.

This well-known but little-read Old Testament book tells us more of the character of worship and of God than the character of Job. God used tragedy and personal trial to reveal Himself to Job. In the same way we are challenged to deeper understanding and deeper worship through the suffering that comes into our lives.

About the Author

James Thomas Draper, Jr. was born in Hartford, Arkansas in 1935. Draper graduated from Millby High School in Houston in 1953. He thereafter received a bachelor of arts degree from Baylor University in Waco in 1957. He obtained a Masters degree in theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth in 1961. Draper has received honorary degrees from: Howard Payne University, Dallas Baptist University, California Baptist University and Campbell University.

Between 1956 and 1965 Draper has pastored in Texas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. In 1974 he became associate pastor at First Baptist of Dallas and in 1975 he accepted the pastorate of the First Baptist of Euless, Texas. Draper left Euless after sixteen years to assume the presidency of LifeWay in Nashville, Tennessee. After almost fifteen years in the position Draper retired. Draper is also the author of more than twenty-five Christian books. He has traveled in thirty-three countries to lead evangelistic services and activities as well as conferences and meetings with missionaries and Christian leaders in those countries. Draper resides in Colleyville, Texas in northeastern Tarrant County.


Jimmy Draper has written Where Real Worship Begins so that you may know...the truth about God's revealed character and the depths of His great, great love.

Dr. Ed Young, Pastor, Second Baptist Church, Houston, Texas

Living in a time when people are having an increasing number of Job-like experiences, Dr. Draper's latest book is timely, well written, sound theologically, and applicable to Main Street living.