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Spiritual Disciplines of the Christian Life: Public Worship

By Rev. Ryan Barnhill - Posted at Reformed Free Publishing Association : "My purpose is not to elaborate on the principles and elements of worship; many fine articles, pamphlets, and sermons can be consulted for that. Rather, I will make only a few brief points that touch on worship as a spiritual discipline." The final spiritual discipline of the Christian life we consider together is public, corporate worship. By public worship is meant the gathering of believers and their seed in church, on Sunday (or during the week for a special service), to meet with God and give him the honor due to his name. This worship is the meeting of God with his people in covenant fellowship, the purpose of which is to give glory to God for who he is and what he has done in Jesus Christ. Sadly, the public worship of God in the church world has become largely optional. Attendance at worship services has dropped off. The elderly who come to church scan the auditorium with grief as they note t

The Importance of Spiritual Disciplines – Foundations of a Worldview

By T.M. Moore - Posted at The Christian Observer: Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make us gods that shall go before us….” Exodus 32:1 Spiritual disciplines are those activities and exercises we submit to which allow us to train our souls and bodies for enjoying a proper relationship with the God of the covenant. The natural inclination of our minds, hearts, consciences, and lives is to seek out something other than God to be devoted to, and to walk in paths other than those which He has marked out for us in His Law. This is the unseen work of sin within our souls. If we are ever going to be the kind of people who may expect to know the glory and blessings of God, we must apply ourselves to the disciplines God prescribes for us. We’re all in some ways like the people waiting at the foot of the mountain for God to come down. That smoke and light display a bit earlier was p