Michael Horton on Worshiping with the Word

“And now Jesus serves us through each other, and especially through the officers he calls through the church.  Both leaders and parishioners need to be reminded that this public ministry of pastors and teachers is not an authoritarian obstacle to the gifted work of the whole body but the gift from the ascended Christ that prepares the saints to live together in love and to live out their callings in the world (Eph. 4:8-15). Ministers deliver Christ through the ministry of the Word, not only in well-prepared sermons but throughout the service.  In fact, the main purpose of singing in the church is not express our inner experience, piety, and zeal but to serve each other by making “the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Col. 3:16).  We hear the Word, we sing the Word, and meditate on it in the fellowship of saints.  We teach this Word daily to our children in family instruction and as we live out our confidence in Christ before our children.  All of this is so vital because to trust Christ alone is to swim against the stream of human nature.”

–from Christless Christianity by Michael Horton


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