Bible

the Bible provides a blueprint for worship

God’s Blueprint for Worship – Part 3

You may want to read part 1 and part 2 before reading part 3 in this series. There are three passages which unlock God’s design for public worship—what I’m calling God’s blueprint for worship. These three texts are: Text Topic John 4:24 Spirit and Truth 1 Corinthians 14:40 Decently and In Order Hebrews 12:28-29 Reverence and Awe In part 2 we studied the context of John 4:24 and learned that the Father is seeking true worshipers who worship in spirit…
the Bible provides a blueprint for worship

God’s Blueprint for Worship – Part 2

In the previous post (God’s Blueprint for Worship) I stated that God has not left us free to do as we please in the worship service. If God had left us to do as we please during the Lord’s Day gathering we might ask ourselves this guiding question: “What will please the congregation?” Unfortunately, too many churches ask themselves this question and their answer, which means their practice, is usually unbiblical. The right question to ask ourselves about how we…

Would You Rather…? (Applying Proverbs 16:8)

Do you remember the childhood game “Would you rather”? Would you rather have Batman’s powers or Spiderman’s powers? Would you rather the weather be too hot or too cold? Sometimes the choice was easy, and other times it was difficult. If two friends are hanging from a cliff and you can only save one, would you rather save this one or that one? This game is not much fun for adults, especially when the choices are hard. But since hard…
the Bible provides a blueprint for worship

God’s Blueprint for Worship

God has commanded us to worship Him and He alone is worthy to be worshipped. But how are we to worship God when assembled together as a congregation? The answer will transform your worship service, your congregation, and your life. How could biblical, God-centered worship of an almighty, infinite God do otherwise? The Westminster Larger Catechism, Question 7, describes God in this manner:  God is a Spirit, in and of himself infinite in being, glory, blessedness, and perfection; all-sufficient, eternal,…

Encouragement for Reading Through the Whole Bible

I love reading God’s Word, but I still haven’t found the perfect Bible reading plan. I find myself switching from one plan to another. Sometimes I want to listen to the audio while I read along. Other times I want to read at a fast pace. And there are also times where I want to slow down and prayerfully consider every word I read. There is no such thing as “the best way” to read God’s Word. The question is,…