The Word of God

In my last post I wrote about the importance of the ordinary means of grace (the Word, sacraments, and prayer) to our sanctification. I would like to think a little further about that first means of grace: the Word of God. It is so true that it is important for us to spend time in God’s Word, both as individuals and as families, but we sometimes overlook the importance of the Word of God in our corporate worship.

 

Terry Johnson said it so well in his description of a corporate worship service: “Thus our praise is modeled on Biblical Psalms, our confession of sin on Biblical repentance, our confession of faith on Biblical doctrines, and our preaching on Biblical texts. We address God intelligently (in Biblical praise and confession) and He addresses our understanding (through His Word). To put it simply, in worship we pray the Bible, sing the Bible, read the Bible, and preach the Bible and see the Bible (in the sacraments). The language of Christian worship is the language of Scripture. Why? Because this is what converts, sanctifies, and edifies God’s people.” (Reformed Worship by Terry L. Johnson)

 

Thus, God’s Word should be at the center of all corporate worship because it is through His Word that God condescends to reveal Himself to us. It is true that “the heavens declare the glory of God” but the heavens do not disclose to us the perfect holiness of God’s Law and our need for God’s gracious Gospel; that comes to us only through His perfect written Word. May you all have a blessed Lord’s Day tomorrow.

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2 Comments

  1. Dr. James Galyon said,

    March 2, 2009 at 2:44 AM

    Clifton:
    I plan on adding you to my blogroll. I’m glad to have another blog in the blogosphere when it is one like this!
    James

  2. Brent said,

    March 2, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    “To put it simply, in worship we pray the Bible, sing the Bible, read the Bible, and preach the Bible and see the Bible (in the sacraments). The language of Christian worship is the language of Scripture.”

    This is the reason why it has been such a blessing for my family to worship at RPC. May the LORD continue to grow us all in His grace through these ordinary means.

    Brent


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