Dr. R.C. Sproul is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian education ministry located near Orlando, Florida. His teaching can be heard on the program Renewing Your Mind, which is broadcast on hundreds of radio outlets in the United States and in 40 countries worldwide. He is the executive editor of Tabletalk magazine and general editor of The Reformation Study Bible, and the author of more than seventy books and scores of articles for national evangelical publications. Dr. Sproul also serves as president of Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies and Reformation Bible College. He currently serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew's in Sanford, FL.
This is an excellent book on worhsip. Sproul stresses the importance of the use of the 5 senses in worship. it is also a solid apologetic on infant baptism and he makes a great appeal for the use of wine in the Lord's supper. This book will unfortuntley fall on deaf ears, but happy is the church that follows his suggestions.
This is another great work by R.C. Sproul. He share with me some views i had not previously thought much about and showed through this book the involvement of God in everthing. I especially loved how he connects the old testament with the new to show us our current application of biblical principles. Thanks R.C.
Dr. Sproul goes through great lengths to describe baptism as a sign or seal to the New Testament covenant. As Circumcision was a sign or seal to the Old Testament covenant, Baptism is a sign or seal to the New Testament covenant. The author does a fair job describing the counter argument to believers Baptism. Dr. Sproul argues that Baptism is assign of coming to the Family of God; actual belief is a realization of this fact. I disagree; I believe that a person needs an actual knowledge and belief to be identified with God's Kingdom. The author goes through great lengths in describing the difference between a sign and symbol. A sign points to the actual fact whereas a symbol represents the actual thing. Symbolism is not to be confused with mere symbolism or activity that does not reflect the actual glory of God and His great acts. Dr. Sproul goes to great length to identify worship with the God described in the Bible. If one accepts the idea the Bible is God's word then what the Bible teaches about worship should be prescribed in God's Church. TH e words of the Bible should take precedence over personal taste, enjoyment or fulfillment. Worship is not about oneself. This should not be confused that worship should only touch the cerebral. Yes worship service should provoke thought, understanding about whom God is and the works of God. Pure knowledge of these things should provoke an emotional response. That does not mean that the form, the organization of the service, worship surroundings, and actual activity of the service cannot form additional emotion about God and His great deeds. R.C. Sproul argues the Old Testament worship as prescribed about the Old Testament did this and some of it can be used enlighten us about worship in the New Testament Church.Read more ›
This is book is a good primer for those who have questions or difficulties with "traditional" or liturgical worship.
R.C. Sproul does a decent job of relating the Old Testament priestly system to worship in the New Covenant, but the book lacks focus, and fails to really tie the Old Testament to the worship of Heaven, which is where I believe is the best argument for continuity in certain elements of the Lord's Service. This seems an odd lapse, given the title of the book.
Also, I wish R.C. Sproul had given more Scripture references and had made more practical application for how what we know of the Old Testament worship could possibly be applied to worship today. Of course, lacking a full eschatological focus in the book, this could be difficult to do.
Nevertheless, the book should be thought provoking for those thinking about how worship ought to be done. What manner of worship is glorifying to God? R.C. Sproul has some good insights on this, based on what he does present. The book is short enough to read in a day or so, and is worth reading.
"If God himself were to design worship, what would it look like?" This is the question that Dr R.C. Sproul asks and endeavors to answer in his book A Taste of Heaven: Worship in the Light of Eternity.
I think he did a pretty good job. The book is short (172 pages, 8' x 5.5') but don't let the size make you think it is a paper weight. Consistent with his reputation, Sproul gives you a lot to chew on in small, managable bites. It's good.
Sproul's sounds as if he walked into a typical evangelical church's pastoral meeting and asked, "Hey, have you guys ever thought about what God wants?" From there he is so thoughtful, compassionate, and refreshingly biblical.
Sproul's strength is that he drives everything back to the Scripture. God rules his people through his word. Therefore, Christians love the Bible! This heart cry of the Reformation is the cry of the Bible and should be of every Christian.
He covers reoccuring principles and patterns throughout redemptive history. He shows how God has always employed our senses and minds in our worship of him. He takes us to a wandering nation out of Egypt. He takes us to Jerusalem. He takes us to Geneva. He takes us to Florida. And throughout this guided tour through biblical and church history, Sproul makes us think and interact with the Scriptures.
He also spends considerable time (3 chapters) talking about baptism. Of course Sproul is a Presbyterian and staunch advocate of paedo-baptism. I found this ironic when I noticed that he dedicated the book to John MacArthur (Sproul and MacArthur have publicaly debated infant baptism). If you disagree with Sproul, don't get hung up on this; there is more than enough to help you in your appreciation of private and corporate worship.
The best thing I can say about the book is that it makes you anticipate and appreciate the Lord's Day gathering of the church. It is a very helpful resource.