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Worship in the Church (page 564)
To worship God is to ascribe to him the worth he is due. The church of Jesus
Christ is by definition a worshiping community called into being by God as "a
spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices
acceptable to GOd through Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 2:5) The Christian church
has from its beginning gathered regularly to worship. The most basic acts of
worship in the early church - the reading and exposition of Scripture; the
prayers; the singing of songs, hymns and spiritual songs; and the observance
of the sacraments - are all derived from the example and comand of Jesus.
However, except for the celebration of the Lord's Supper, these practices
were derived from synagogue worship.
Three principal types of worship came to the American colonies. (1) Some
retained a fixed liturgy, as in the Anglican Church. This allowed maximum
opportunity for formal corporate participation. (2) A characteristic of
churches that arose out of radical Puritanism was rejection of all forms in
worship as quenching the Spirit. This guarded the freedom to personally
praise God and communicate his message to others. (3) Calvinistic churches
sought to worship according to the Word, following the dictum that nothing
was to be allowed in worship except what Scripture commanded. (R.G. Rayburn)
Worship Quiz: What is this last idea called in reformed circles? The
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