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Previous article in this series: February 1, 2014, p. 201. Introduction The Moral Law of God is permanent and therefore useful for the church in the New Testament age. It re­veals the holy character of God in its demands. It drives us to the cross of Christ for forgiveness. This Law also leads us into obedience, freed as we are by the gospel of Jesus Christ to take up our part in the covenant as friend-servants. The Law and the Worship Service The Law can and ought to be used those ways in the worship service of the church. The...

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Previous article in this series: December 1, 2013, p. 104. And God spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:1-3 Introduction In previous articles in this series we examined three great principles of public corporate worship. The first was that public corporate worship is a covenantal assembly. The second was that it is a covenantal assembly carried out in a holy dialogue between God and His people. The third was that it...

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Previous article in this series: September 1, 2013, p. 464. Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation. Psalm 111:1 Introduction Last time we began to examine one of the main ele­ments of Reformed worship that contains our response to God in the service, the element of singing. We dis­covered that the regulative principle requires the singing of praise in public corporate worship. We noticed the unique form of communication that singing is, fitted for our worship of God from our whole hearts. Finally, we saw...

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Previous article in this series: May 15, 2013, p. 368. Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation. Psalm 111:1 Introduction We began this series on Reformed worship by look­ing at various biblical principles of public, corporate worship. At this point in the series we are seeing those principles applied to a Reformed worship service, particularly as that is expressed in a typical Protestant Reformed liturgy. Last time we drove straight to the heart of the cov­enantal assembly by examining the ministry of the Word...

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Previous article in this series: March 1, 2013, p. 260. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, the four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast...

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Previous article in this series: January 15, 2013, p. 175. And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up: So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading. And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them. Nehemiah 8:5, 8, 12 Introduction We are engaged...

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Previous article in this series: November 15, 2012, p. 81.   Introduction Last time we examined the various aspects of what has sometimes been called “the opening service.” This section of the liturgy includes the call to worship, dox­ology, salutation, votum, and benediction. In this ar­ticle we take a step back and see the importance of this first part of the order of worship in context, especially as we remember that worship is a covenantal assembly with Jehovah. The Purpose of the Opening Service You have perhaps noticed that these aspects of the opening service are not strictly the elements...

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Previous article in this series: August 2012, p. 448.   Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heav­en and earth. Psalm 124:8 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 1:7 Introduction We have studied three great biblical principles of worship so far. The first is that public worship is a covenantal assembly gathered to meet with the living God. From that principle we drew other principles: public worship must be simple, centered on the Word,...

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What is the Mission of the Church? Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission, by Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert. Wheaton, Crossway, 2011. 288 pages. Softcover. ISBN 978-1-4335-2690-9. [Reviewed by Rev. Cory Griess.] “Be missional,” “transform culture,” “build the kingdom,” “be incarnational,” “be Jesus to the world,” “ensure social justice,” “be kingdom agents,” “seek the Shalom of the city.” If you have heard any of these buzzwords you have come into contact with the modern view of the mission of the church in the world. Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert have written a book to examine carefully...

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The summer of 1847 was a nightmare for Albertus VanRaalte, leader of the Dutch immigrants who had recently founded the colony now known as Holland, Michigan. The colo­nists had never seen rain like they saw that summer. So many people were dying they could not build coffins fast enough, and when they did have coffins available, many of the people were too weak to bury their dead. However, if you happened to be visiting this little settlement on Sunday, you would have heard a distinct sound. Rather than the wailing of despair you would have heard a congregation singing Psalms....

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