3. In the planning and leading of a worship service you must seek to create and maintain a climate consistent with the great realities and distinctives of New Covenant worship.
a. Worship ought to be pervasively Trinitarian.
2 Cor. 13:14
B. B. Warfield, Biblical and Theological Studies, (Philadelphia: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1952), pp. 32-33.
John Owen, The Works of John Owen, vol. 9, (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1968), pp. 56-57.
i) Therefore, in the hymns we select, in the prayers we pray, and in the sermons we preach, it should be patent to any who may come among us that we are Trinitarian monotheists!
ii) While this does not mean that every prayer, every hymn, and every sermon must be dominant with Trinitarian substance, yet all of these ought to have Trinitarian undertones and overtones.
b. Worship ought to be distinguished by its simplicity and its spirituality.
c. Worship ought to be characterized by joyful solemnity
1 Jn. 1:3-4
1 Cor. 14:25
d. Worship ought to be suffused with filial liberty.
Gal. 3:13-16; Gal. 4:4-6
Rom. 8:15-16 with Gal. 4:6
1 Cor. 3:16
William M. Taylor, The Ministry of the Word, (Harrisonburg, VA: Sprinkle Publications, 2003), pp. 210-212.
e. Worship ought to be characterized by believing expectancy.
1 Cor. 3:16
f. Worship ought to be regulated by a sensitive sanctified flexibility.
London Baptist Confession of Faith, Chapter 22, Paragraph 5.
1 Thess. 5:19
Samuel Miller, Thoughts on Public Prayer, (Philadelphia: Presbyterian Board of Publications, 1849), pp. 40- 41.