Obviously, the most important thing that the church of Jesus Christ is to corporately worship Her Lord and Savior, so over the next few weeks I want to look in detail at the content of our worship from an Old School Presbyterian [hereafter OSP] perspective.
I want to start out being as deliberately simple as possible, and no doubt this simplicity may be irritating or tiresome to those of you who are Pastors, Elders, or layman who are well versed in the subject of Reformed Worship, but I want to try to a craft an explanation that is intelligible even to those who have just started attending an OSP church and have no background whatsoever in the Reformed faith. I do this because far too often our discussions of vitally important subjects like worship start out well above the heads of the people we most need to convince – the people in the pews. It will do us no good whatsoever if our finely crafted biblical, theological, and historical argument for the Regulative Principle is utterly unintelligible to a visitor to our church. For instance, when Reformed people talk about the basis for Christian worship we all generally agree that it should be the bible and then start our argument with the question “what does the bible teach about worship?” The problem is that when we are dealing with visitors to our church, we actually need to start one step back and explain why it is the bible, and just the bible, that should be our standard for worship. And if we can establish that point, generally we will have won most of the battle over whether we can add our own traditions and preferences to our worship.
So, with that in mind, most of my early posts on the subject of worship are going to be very simple and then gradually become more complex. What I hope to do is provide people with the ammunition they need to win the argument for biblical worship at the congregational level.