All Articles For Vol 74 Issue 08 1/15/1998

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Rev. Gritters is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Introduction It should be a given in Reformed circles that all the members participate when the church gathers for the public worship of Jehovah God. Every heir of the Reformed tradition ought to know well the place of every believer in the worship services of the church. I would imagine that the Reformed officebearers present at this conference, because of their precious reformation heritage, simply assume that each member will be actively involved in the worship. This—participation of the pew—should neither be taken for granted nor assumed. For...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church in Bauer, Michigan. The force of the second commandment is that the one true God is to be worshiped only as He desires. The nature of God, on the one hand, and the nature of God’s fallen-into-sin creatures, on the other hand, are such that God alone can determine how He is to be worshiped. First, let us briefly consider the concept of worship. Worship is the serving of God by His people whenever and wherever God meets with them. Worship can be public or private. Private worship is the serving...

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Prof. Hanko is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Introduction It is my conviction, expressed in this article, that the Word of God requires the exclusive use of the Psalms in the corporate worship of the church. The assumption here is the regulative principle of worship, defined in the Heidelberg Catechism (Q & A 96): “What doth God require in the second commandment? That we in no wise represent God by images, nor worship him in any other way than he has commanded in his word.” I shall not argue the case for the...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth. Psalm 96:9 The subject that we treat today is a subject of great significance. It is immediately evident not only from the passage that was just read, and particularly verse 9 of Psalm 96, but from all Scripture, that to worship God is the highest of all religious obligations and experiences. You and I are called to worship Jehovah. We are, in the words of Psalm 29:2, to “Give unto the Lord the...

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The subject of this editorial contains two distinct truths. Both are of fundamental importance for the right worship of God. One is the nature of preaching. This truth lies on the foreground and is immediately obvious to all. The question at issue is whether preaching is God’s Word or man’s word. The other truth is the place of preaching in worship. This truth lies more in the background of the subject and might easily be overlooked. Does preaching have a place in worship? Does it have a place at all? If it does have a place, is this place central...

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This issue is different. The usual rubrics are missing. The articles that do appear are longer than is customary. The explanation? You have in your hands a special issue on “Reformed Worship” consisting of the addresses given at a Protestant Reformed officebearers’ conference last September. The conference was held in the building of the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL. Including all of the speeches in their entirety in one issue (with the exception of the one that becomes the editorial in this and the following issue) has its advantages. Each address retains its full force, something that is lost when...

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