Not What We Do, But What God Does

So often Christians can tend to think of the church worship service as something we do: we sing praise to God; we respond to the gospel; and we rejoice in our saviour. Further, much discussion in the church focuses on what we need to be doing in order for church to be effective. yet church is, first and foremost, something which God does. it is primarily and in origin an act of his grace, not an act of human response. He calls us out to be his people; he gathers us through his spirit; he speaks to us through the reading and the preaching of his word. There is far more passivity in worship than we care to imagine, a passivity that is often belied by our concerns to make sure ‘everybody is involved.’ when the law is read, sins are confessed, and forgiveness declared, we are all involved because we are all included under the words of condemnation and the words of promise and mercy.

– Carl Trueman, “A Word to the Conscience,” Themelios 36-2

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