• Baptism and Regeneration

    John 3:5

    John Calvin comments that Jesus “connects the Water with the Spirit, because under that visible symbol he attests and seals that newness of life which God alone produces in us by his Spirit.” God promises in baptism to regenerate His ...Read More

  • The Institution of Baptism

    Matthew 28:18–20

    Matthew Henry comments that “baptism is into the name of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; this was intended as the summary of the first principles of the Christian religion, and of the new covenant.” If a baptism is not administered ...Read More

  • Word and Sacrament Together

    1 Corinthians 11:23–25

    Many of us come from a background in which the sacraments were mere afterthoughts, so we are thankful when we find churches that take these ordinances of God seriously. Yet we must never prioritize the sacraments over the preaching of ...Read More

  • The Sign and the Thing Signified

    1 Peter 3:18–22

    Scripture frequently describes the sacraments as accomplishing certain things without telling us how they do so. Thus, we must take care in describing how baptism and the Lord’s Supper are used by God to accomplish the promises conveyed therein. As ...Read More

  • Signs and Seals of the Covenant Of Grace

    Romans 4:11a

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary Romans, “In the sacraments, God guarantees the consequences of justification to all who believe, not to all who receive the sign.” For those who believe, the sacraments provide further confirmation that God ...Read More

  • Music and Theology

    Psalm 101:1

    The biblical psalms model the kind of complexity that good sacred music has to offer. Psalm 101, for example, is an extended meditation on the love and justice of God as well as His wrath and our responsibility before the ...Read More

  • The Power of Music

    1 Samuel 16:14–23

    Scripture prescribes no particular kind of music, so the choices of music we use in worship and even for leisure must be guided by Christian wisdom. Is the music true, good, and beautiful? Does it present what is noble, pure, ...Read More

  • Forms and Their Communication

    1 Corinthians 14:40

    Though we may not always be conscious of it, all of our forms communicate something. That is why it is important for our leaders to think carefully about what they do in worship and how they do it. It is ...Read More

  • Ritual vs. Ritualism

    Jeremiah 7:1–4

    Any group of professing Christians can fall into ritualism. Even those with simpler liturgies can go through the motions without their hearts’ truly being in the worship. It is a danger for all of us, so we should ask God ...Read More

  • The Beauty of Worship

    Psalm 27:4

    If God thought beauty was important for worship under the old covenant, how much more important is it for new covenant worship since we have a clearer understanding of God’s beauty through the life and ministry of Christ? Let us ...Read More