Worship as a Driving Force Behind the Reformation - Dr. Joel Beeke
How was worship a driving force behind the Reformation?
Joel Beeke explains in this video that the worship of God as He has prescribed in His Word was a major driving force behind the Reformation. Making the Word of God central to the pulpit and to the Church was a big part of the Reformation.
For instance, one of the Reformers, Ulrich Zwingli, started preaching from the first chapter of Matthew and continued through the entire New Testament - this had never happened before. Believers began to participate in the singing and the sacraments. Thus, the centrality of Scripture and God-glorifying worship were two driving forces behind the Reformation.
John 4:23-24 (NKJV) - But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Dr. Joel R. Beeke serves as President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics, as well as Academic Dean for students from the Heritage Reformed Congregations. He is currently a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a position he has held for 30 years. He is also editor of the Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books, president of Inheritance Publishers, and vice-president of the Dutch Reformed Translation Society. He has written, co-authored, or edited eighty books and contributed over two thousand articles to Reformed books, journals, periodicals, and encyclopedias. His Ph.D. (1988) from Westminster Theological Seminary is in Reformation and Post-Reformation Theology. He and his wife, Mary, have 3 children: Calvin, Esther, and Lydia.
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