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10 August, 2007 / theexpositor

Seeker-Sensitive Worship and the Worship Wars

from Principles of Reformed Worship by R. Scott Clark,  Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology, Westminster Seminary California

“We want to be seeker-sensitive, but we must identify the true seeker in worship. Scripture teaches that “no man seeks God”, certainly not the unregenerate, rather it is God who seeks us (Romans 3:11). Our Lord taught us that the Father seeks those who will worship in spirit and truth (John 4:23). Therefore the primary focus in Reformed worship is our living, holy, righteous, awesome Triune God. Thus when we gather before his face (Hebrews 12:18-20) we are in a sacred assembly where he has promised to give us an audience. More than that God has promised to be with us as our covenant God (Genesis 17:7-10; John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7; Matthew 28:20), to make us a holy priesthood (1 Peter 2:5) It is our earnest prayer that it will be so obvious that God is in our midst, that when an unbeliever enters the assembly he will be convicted of his sin, fall down and worship God exclaiming, “God is really among you!” (1 Corinthians 14:25).”

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2 Comments

  1. chuck bridgeland / Aug 12 2007 0 14

    So what are your thoughts on this?

    My suspicion is that most of your modern evangelicals don’t have any real rigorous theology of worship.

    Until encountering the concept of the “regulative principle of worship” last year I’d never seen anything articulated, and I’ve been in these circles over 30 years now. We have no real notion of why we do what we do, other than a hand-me-down tradition. We have no restraint other then good taste and good sense, neither of which you can count on any more. You get movie clips and “clown masses” and Simulcast sermons and all these kinds of goings on that you hear about because most churches are running on tradition instead of principle, and the memory of the way things used to be is wearing a bit thin these days.

    BTW, I found your site a couple weeks ago by following the link from Scott Clark’s blog.

  2. theexpositor / Aug 12 2007 1 34

    Thanks Chuck for your comment and I agree with you. You may be interested to know that I plan on doing a program, probably in September, with Paul S. Jones about his book Singing and Making Music, Issues in Church Music Today. Paul is Organist and Music Director at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA. I am really looking forward to vbisiting with Dr. Jones.

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