“Worship: Evangelical or Reformed?” by Dr. W. Robert Godfrey

Have you ever wondered what is the difference between an evangelical church and a Reformed church? Dr. Godfrey, President of Westminster Seminary in California, answers this question at The Aquila Report with regard to the worship service here. Here is a snippet from the article:

“The Reformed faith has a fundamentally different understanding of the presence of God. God is indeed present to hear. He listens to the praise and prayers of his people. But he is also present to speak. God is not only present as an observer; he is an active participant. He speaks in the Word and in the sacraments. As Reformed Christians, we do not believe that he speaks directly and immediately to us in the church. God uses means to speak. But he speaks trulyandreally to us through the means that he has appointed for his church. In the ministry of the Word—as it is properly preached and ministered in salutation and benediction—it is truly God who speaks. As the Second Helvetic Confession rightly says, “The preaching of the Word of God is the Word of God.””

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