Christian Worship: Recommended Reading

from Dec 21, 2010 Category: Articles

The Church is called to worship God in spirit and in truth, yet sometimes believers are confused about exactly what this means.  Adding to the confusion is the fact that there are numerous ‘styles’ of worship in various Christian churches—styles ranging from the very informal to the highly liturgical.  There are a number of helpful books available on the biblical doctrine of worship. Among those I have found useful are the following:

General Introductions to Christian Worship

R.C. Sproul – A Taste of Heaven. Dr. Sproul’s little book is a wonderful introduction to the subject of Christian worship.

Michael Horton – A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of Christ-Centered Worship. Horton examines the church’s worship by means of word and sacrament and does so in dialogue with our contemporary worship context. Very helpful. 

D.G. Hart and John R. Muether – With Reverence and Awe: Returning to the Basics of Reformed Worship. D.G. Hart and John Muether are both members of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, and their book is a good introduction to this tradition of worship. Readers may not agree with everything they argue, but they will certainly be challenged.

Hughes Oliphant Old – Worship. Old’s book looks at Reformed worship from a historical perspective, offering numerous insights. Most helpful.

Philip Graham Ryken, Derek W.H. Thomas, and J. Ligon Duncan III, eds – Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship. An excellent collection of essays dealing with every aspect of worship from a Reformed perspective.

Jeremiah Burroughs - Gospel Worship. This book by the Puritan Jeremiah Burroughs is on Dr. Sproul’s list of most influential books.

R.J. Gore Jr. – Covenantal Worship: Reconsidering the Puritan Regulative Principle. This volume differs from those above in that Gore finds several weaknesses in the regulative principle. An important book. 

Allen P. Ross – Recalling the Hope of Glory: Biblical Worship from the Garden to the New Creation. Unlike the books listed above, Ross’s work is a biblical theological examination of worship, tracing the relevant topics thematically from Genesis to Revelation. Wonderful book.

In our next installment, we will look at some of the best books on the doctrine of baptism.

Articles in this Recommended Reading series: Systematic TheologiesDoctrine of ScriptureDoctrine of GodDoctrine of the Works of GodDoctrine of Man and SinDoctrine of the Person of ChristDoctrine of the Work of ChristDoctrine of the Holy SpiritDoctrine of Salvation, Doctrine of the Church.