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About the Editor
Jonathan L. Master is dean of the school of divinity and professor of theology at Cairn University.
The chapters in this book started as addresses delivered at The Princeton Conference on Reformed Theology, associated with the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. The conference focused on the God who is worthy to be worshiped, and how God transforms sinners into worshipers. Many leading evangelical thinkers contributed to this work. They explore various facets of God’s character and work, showing how God is intrinsically worthy of all honor and glory. They also look at how Christ is uniquely to be praised for all that he is and has done.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 God’s Glory Revealed: Bryan Chapell
Chapter 2 Called by God to Worship: Charles D. Drew
Chapter 3 Sought by Christ to Worship: Richard D. Phillips
Chapter 4 Guided by God’s Sovereign Providence: Joseph “Skip” Ryan
Chapter 5 Redeemed by God’s Sovereign Mercy: Philip Graham Ryken
Chapter 6 Sanctifying Grace: Michael Horton
Chapter 7 Our Holy Redeemer: Richard D. Phillips
Chapter 8 The Spirit of Holiness: Michael A. G. Haykin
Chapter 9 Know the Truth: R. Albert Mohler
Chapter 10 I Am the Truth: D. A. Carson
Chapter One: God’s Glory Revealed
We all have significant moments of national tragedy or glory frozen in our memories. When King Uzziah died, Judah lost a king who had kept them prosperous and strong; this was a tremendous loss to them. But at this time God showed his glory to the prophet Isaiah. God’s angels in his throne room cannot even look on his glory, but cry out “holy, holy, holy.” There is storm and smoke in the presence of God. Isaiah recognized that his own sin makes it impossible for him not to be overwhelmed and destroyed by the holy glory of God. It is only when we recognize our sin and unworthiness in the face of a holy God that we will be able to receive salvation. Isaiah had seen the glory of God and knew that he must die, but the God of transcendent glory provides for the atonement of Isaiah’s sin. God is not only transcendent in glory, his glory is shown by his intimacy with sinners, and his provision in Christ for their sin. It is only in the death of God’s Son that atonement is accomplished. God’s glory is revealed in this incredible salvation, that he would save fallen sinners. God not only takes away our sin and our guilt, he gives us his righteousness; he lets us share in his glory. When Isaiah’s sin is taken away, his new heart prompts him to serve God in response to God’s call. The fact that God accepts us on the basis of his love and grace rather than on the basis of our goodness and performance is very liberating. Once we have experienced the amazing nature of God’s glory and grace, it is a joy to share it with other people. The greatest glory is that a God of glory has loved and redeemed sinners, and it is our joy and privilege to praise him for it and tell the world about him.
Chapter Two: Called by God to Worship
Charles D. Drew
When Jesus encounters the Samaritan woman at the well, he tells her that the Father is desiring to create worshipers who worship in spirit and in truth. God seeks after and pursues worshipers very hard. The fact that Jesus was the incarnate Son of God, affected by human weaknesses and capable of being tired and thirsty, shows the seriousness of God in finding the lost and making them into people who worship. Jesus also defied all social conventions by talking to this Samaritan woman and asking for a drink. He steered the conversation to. . .[To continue reading this summary, please see below....]
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The God We Worship: Adoring the One Who Pursues, Redeems, and Changes His People