Though great efforts were put forth during the times of the kings to effect reform, yet the vestiges of idolatry were often left untouched. It is noted as a defect in the reform wrought in the days of the kings that...Read More
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Directory For The Publick Worship Of God Pt. 2 - Of The Assembling Of The Congregation, And Their Behaviour In The Publick Worship Of God.
First prepare the heart, then stretch forth thy hands in prayer. This duty of heart preparation is held forth in the following considerations: 1.) The fixing or preparing of the heart is that which precedes the service of God, Ps. 57:7, 8; Judges...Read More
Isa. 66:2; Jer. 23:29; Rom. 10:17. It is a mark and sign of dependence and subjection to God noted throughout the Scriptures, Ex. 24:7. Question 2.—Is the reading of the word a means sanctified by God for the edifying of his people? Answer.—Yes. Luke 16:29. Thus it appears: 1.) It was the...Read More
It is a great part of our adoration of God to have a proper estimation of our own meanness and unworthiness to draw near to God and speak to him, 2 Sam. 7:18-22. Question 2.—Ought there to be a confession of sinfulness by reason of Original sin? Answer.—Yes. Ps. 51:5. So far from...Read More
Clearly, preaching of the word is that instrument ordained by God to be the power of God unto salvation, 1 Cor. 1:21; Rom. 1:15, 16. It is one of the greatest and most excellent works entrusted to those in the ministry, 1 Cor. 9:16; 2 Cor. 2:12. Indeed, other duties of Gospel ministers...Read More
The Word of God is likened unto a hammer and ought to be wielded with precision, Jer. 23:29. Its message should be pointed, not dulled, Matt. 3:7. Question 2.—Ought he to do this, though it prove to be a work of great difficulty...Read More
Prayer is the means by which all things lawful are sanctified unto God’s appointed use, 1 Tim. 4:5. It is through prayer that it can be expected that the word preached is effectual to the salvation of those who...Read More
Directory For The Publick Worship Of God Pt. 8 - Of The Administration Of The Sacraments: And First, Of Baptism.
Whether children or adults, baptism is not to be unnecessarily delayed, Luke 18:16; Acts 8:36. Christ’s command to his ministers was to baptize, and that, as long as there is a standing ministry, Matt. 28:19, 20. Those who by deliberation reject the sign and seal of the covenant...Read More
Directory For The Publick Worship Of God Pt. 9 - Of The Administration Of The Sacraments: Of The Celebration Of The Communion, Or Sacrament Of The Lord’s Supper.
The word often indicates that the supper is repeatable and that more than seldom, Heb. 9:25, 26. Under the Law, God prescribed the times of the sacraments, but under the Gospel circumstances are at more liberty, and spiritualness is more called for. In this sacrament...Read More
The Lord requires us not only to take heed of the matter of our duties, but also to the manner of them. As we must seek God in due ordinances, so we must seek Him in due order, 1 Chron. 15:13. We must, therefore, remember the sabbath before it come so as...Read More