Abounding Grace Radio: How does God want us to worship? [video]

Pastor Chris Gordon and Dr. Robert Godfrey ask what’s really motivating people to go to church on Sunday. They discuss Reformed worship and how its God-focused structure isn’t particularly attractive to many. They look at modern culture and how it has led some churches to focus on entertainment and emotion, particularly in song. They discuss the historical role of music in church worship, its original intent, and how it has changed over the centuries.

Dr. W. Robert Godfrey is a Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow and chairman of Ligonier Ministries. He is president emeritus and professor emeritus of church history at Westminster Seminary California.


00:00 – What is Reformed worship?

01:31 – The foundation of worship

02:30 – Reformation issues

03:13 – Calvin’s view of salvation

04:00 – Church liturgies

05:01 – How the church moved away from liturgies

06:17 – Formalism in the church

07:52 – Queen Elizabeth I’s influence on the church

09:28 – Changes to church music

10:38 – Music wars in the church

11:25 – No music in the church for 1000 years

12:42 – Breaking down the Psalms

15:10 – Feelings

15:50 – What does God want in worship?

16:54 – Eager to hear the Word?

18:02 – Why do people come to worship?