The Reformation recognized that numerous commands in Scripture were for the good-order of the Church in their given context, and were not absolutely binding, without qualification, on all times and societies.
This Scriptural category of 'Church ordinances' was a common-place in Reformation...
books of church order
culture vs ordinance
The puritans suffered through many spreading diseases and plagues and have given us:
(1) Careful and even handed, cautionary advice in such situations,
(2) noble and heroic examples to follow, and
(3) a wealth of moving and poignant spiritual treasure on this topic.
Here is a webpage that has...
In light of COVOID-19, there are many cancellations of public worship services and/or at risk Christians that ought to stay at home. As such, many of us will be watching live streamed services with our families.
This is categorically difficult for me, and there aren't a...
Christ's Directives on the Nature of True Worship by Arthur Hildersham (1563-1631)
Arthur Hildersham (1563-1631) was a shining light in the puritan party, and celebrated for his exemplary learning and piety as a minister of Jesus Christ.
This work is an abridged version of Arthur Hildersham’s...
The Simplicity of Holy Worship – by John Wilson (1588–1667).
John Wilson (1588–1667) was a passionate and intense Reformed minister of the Gospel who was praised by men such as William Ames, Thomas Goodwin, Jeremiah Burroughs, and other celebrated divines.
Wilson uses John 4:24 to explain in...
I can't tell you how much I love both Owen and Hutchins on this topic.
Owen on worship is astoundingly good (who doesn't love Owen?).
Hutchins on Psalmody, is one of the best reads on the subject concerning the Gentiles singing Psalms under the New Testament. Excellent! (Almost a book in and of...
A Christian’s True Spiritual Worship to Jesus Christ – by Stephen Charnock (1628-1680).
Stephen Charnock (1628-1680) was a Reformed minister of the Gospel and Puritan preacher, widely respected in his day for lecturing on the existence and attributes of God.
From John 4:24, “God is a Spirit...
If God alone determines the manner in which sinners approach him, is any other kind of worship acceptable to Him other than what he has prescribed?
True Worship and the Consequences of Idolatry – by John Knox (1505-1572).
John Knox (1505-1572) was a Scottish Reformer and fiery preacher of...
This classic work by Burroughs deals with the Regulative Principle: God alone determines the manner in which sinners approach him. This is a life-transforming and Christ-glorifying biblical work.
Gospel Worship, or, The Right Manner of Sanctifying the name of God in General, in Hearing the...
WARNING: Do not read this book unless you want to be thoroughly convicted...
How to Serve God in Private and Public Worship – by John Jackson (1600-1648).
John Jackson (1600-1648) was a Westminster Puritan divine with a hearty theological intellect, and tender pastoral understanding.
Would you like to grow in your reverence to God during public and private worship?
God's Will. God's Rules. God's People. God's Worship.
John Forbes explains 1 Timothy 3:13-16 to churches that claim to uphold true worship, but may be missing the mark. This is an amazingly powerful work for...
Reformed Worship resources on the internet, is, in fact, woefully inadequate. I'm taking time to create a more well-rounded resource center for worship that follows the Regulative Principle at APM.
The following are new articles and such in the Worship section of the site:
Art and Music in...
I'm working on a book by John Jackson (1600-1648), dealing with conducting one's self in public worship.
I personally preached through a series called "The Lord's Voice Cries to the City" which surrounded how the congregation should consider the act of preaching from their perspective. I'm also...