In extra-ordinary circumstances where a sacrament may not be performed in the exact way that Christ prescribed, ought a church to forego the sacrament (or that part of it) or ought principled accommodations be made which keep the essential, spiritual principles of the sacrament?
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Recently I have been learning about covenant theology and have come to see that the gospel realities in the NT are present also in the OT. This definitely changes how I read the OT. It makes sense of appeals in the NT to the OT like in 1 Corinthians 10:1-10. However, as I've been reading other...
I was reading "Sola Scriptura and the Regulative Principle of Worship" by Brian Schwertley, and he makes the following statements regarding sola scriptura and divine warrant in the areas of doctrine, government and worship in church:
So it seems that the sufficiency of Scripture...
In reading Dr. Pipa's review of Frame's book "Worship in Spirit and Truth" I came across the following statement on worship from a covenantal perspective:
The ideas that Pipa speaks about regarding worship in the whole of the Bible through the covenants is completely new to me. In fact...
Anyone who reads the book of Acts will be struck with how simple that standard of apostolic worship was. The more simple the worship is, the more spiritual it will be shown to be, when persons have nothing else to cling to in it but the Word of God laid bare, in the praying, the singing, the...
This is a strange thing to me. Apparently, every year on the Sunday during the week of Christmas, my church holds a potluck instead of regular service. So no sermon, nor worship. Just a get together in the space that we rent to sit, eat, and talk together.
I am not sure why I find this...
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...
As a former charismatic, I recently had the opportunity to meet up with one of my former pastors to catch up and share how we had been growing in our faith, and we had a great discussion surrounding worship, why I only sing Psalms, why instruments were a shadow of what was to come and are thus...
John Calvin on worship, in the early pages of The Necessity of Reforming the Church:
"[T]he rule which distinguishes between pure and vitiated worship is of universal application, in order that we may not adopt any device which seems fit to ourselves, but look to the injunction of him who...
Did Jesus celebrate Purim and Hanukkah?
Does it matter if he did?
Does the establishment of Purim (Esther 9:20-22) and Hanukkah (1 Macc. 4:59; see also John 10:22) go against the set patterns of days and festivals that God had given through Moses?
How does this affect the doctrine of the...
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...
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New Books to consider are in our "worship" lineup (with 3 more coming down the pike over the next...
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 just began studying about the Regulative Principle of Worship for the first time. I shared that with a colleague of mine who asked me if the following are elements, circumstances or neither:
- announcements made in every service (usually after the sermon has been preached);
- the triple amen...
Should dance, drama and man-made religious imagery be in worship?
If it is of help to you, I have made an extensive Biblical case for the historic, reformed position that religious imagery in worship is regulated by God's Word, that dancing is not warranted for the regular public...
Carl Trueman, Ash Wednesday: Picking and Choosing our Piety
The rise of Lent in non-Roman, Orthodox or Anglican circles is a fascinating phenomenon.
"Finally, it also puzzles me that time and energy is spent each year on extolling the virtues of Lent when comparatively little is spent on...
WCF 10:III states:
Wouldn't those "incapable of being outwardly called" include a proverbial man living in total isolation, cut off from society entirely? It's come to my attention that some interpret the "incapability" as only referring to those who are disabled (incapable of...
Reframing Presbyterian Worship: A Critical Survey of the Worship Views of John M. Frame and R. J. Gore, by Frank J. Smith, Ph.D, D.D. and David C. Lachman, Ph.D. The Confessional Presbyterian journal volume 1 (2005): 116-150.
I am fairly new to the Regulative Principle. From my understanding, it can be summarized in the following statement: only what God explicitly commands is permissible in the public and corporate worship of God on the Lord's Day.
If that statement is incomplete or incorrect...
I am a German Five-Point-Calvinist and supporter of infant baptism and the Westminster Confession and the regulative principle (puritan principle). I believe that Sunday is the Christian Sabbath and that Christmas and Easter are wrong and sin.
I am member of a Reformed Church in Germany...
I wanted to share a set of sermons I've been working my way through. I think you will find this set of sermons very helpful whether you are new to EP, have questions about it, or are a seasoned psalms-only singer. You will probably be tempted to jump right to the objections - which they are...
Is there anyone who knows the origin of the expression, "regulative principle of worship" ?
Everybody speaks of it.
Bible is said to teach it, and Calvin talked about it, and Westminster Confession ... and so on.
But it is difficult to find who coined the exact expression.
Note: This is not a debate. I would like the following questions addressed according to the verse that's listed below.
I have often heard it argued that the Regulative Principle of Worship precludes having choirs or soloists in corporate worship. Yet, we find in 1 Cor 14:26,
After reading this thread about having a cross in church I wanted to find out what furniture and decorations are allowed during a worship service under the regulative principle. Coming from a non-reformed background and new to the idea of the RPW, here is my working definition of the regulative...