Let’s begin with public worship…

I trust that you can see from our new website that we believe in the importance of public worship. And how can we not? Public worship is our duty before God, as well as our privilege. In fact, our confession of faith (Chapter 26, paragraph 5) speaks of the importance of “our due performance of that public worship, which he requireth of them (his churches) in the world.” Thus, whether churches should be committed to God-centered, biblically-regulated public worship is not up for debate.

Yet, many Christians today have been led to believe that public worship is far less important than private worship, and that what we do in public worship is pretty much left up to us to decide. But neither of these notions is true. And two short blog posts by Dr. David Murray can be helpful in directing our thoughts in the right direction on these issues. The first article, simply entitled 12 Reasons Why Public Worship is Better than Private Worship, gives us some ammunition for insisting that while private worship certainly should be stressed, the duty of public worship should receive greater emphasis, since it glorifies God more, and is more edifying to us than when we worship God privately. The second article, entitled Everyone Has a Regulative Principle, reminds us that what we do (or allow) in public worship is not to be decided on the basis of what we have always done, or on what we personally prefer, or even what is not prohibited, but upon what God prescribes in holy Scripture. To deviate from what God has prescribed for public worship in His Word is not acceptable worship at all, and it is no less than idolatry.

I urge you to read these two blog articles and to think through them carefully and prayerfully. In view of the greatness of the God we worship – and considering the seriousness in which we should engage in the worship of Him – we cannot afford to be ignorant or indifferent on these matters. Rather let regular, regulated public worship be a real priority for God’s people; for truly God has the right to require it.