A view of worship guided by the Regulative Principle, and other important matters.
There is a growing need to study the doctrine of the church and the doctrine of Worship. Ignorance on this subject is not bliss since God commands the gathering together of His people for this express purpose (Heb. 10:25). The Puritans knew worship very well. Much of their writings were directed to this end. Worship should be reflected in the entire life of the believer as his manner of glorifying God. Without worship, men lose a sense of self. That is why the lost try to fill the void that only worship to the Creator of the Universe is meant to hold. They have a gnawing sense of emptiness when true worship is not being given to the sustainer of their being. Worship and the church, then, even on that level alone, is one of the most important, if not the most important doctrine one could study.
The church is also having an identity crisis. Since they do not know their Bibles, they have lost a sense of who they are before God. Hopefully some, if not all of these articles will help the church find her identity again, and the people of God will remember again how to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
Dr. C. Matthew McMahon, March, 2002
Cut from “A Puritan’s Mind” website