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The Westminster Directory of Public Worship

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The Directory of Public Worship was composed by the same group who wrote the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms. They were appointed by the British parliament to restructure the Church of England. Their recommendations were adopted in England and Scotland but later revoked in England. These documents form the basis of the Presbyterian sys ...more
Paperback, 127 pages
Published March 20th 2009 by Christian Heritage (first published March 10th 2009)
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Brandon
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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The Westminster Directory of Public Worship: Discussed by Mark Dever & Sinclair Ferguson brings to our time some deep wisdom for the public and private worship of God, along with two fine recommendations of the Puritan contribution to Christian ministry. The opening essays come from the pens of two Pastor-Scholars. Sinclair Ferguson's piece deftly explains the Puritan model for the Minister of the Gospel. Ferguson conveys a concise history of the Reformation in England and Scotland and the h ...more
Tim
Aug 20, 2012 rated it liked it
This little book contains Westminster's Directory for Public Worship (well worth reading) and two essays. The first essay is from Sinclair Ferguson, which addresses the Puritan world in which the Westminster Assembly did its work. The second essay if from Mark Dever and concerns Puritan preaching. I found the first essay interesting and informative, but the second a bit dry (though also informative). This book would be much better if it also had essays on Puritan liturgical theory and practice b ...more
Nathan Good
By far the best part of this book was the section by Sinclair Ferguson explaining the position of the Puritans in regards to preaching and the history behind the writing of the Westminster Confessions and Directory. I was amazed by how unbiblical and Roman Catholic much of the liturgy seemed. The section on preaching was very helpful and insightful, but most of the rest of the Directory sees to have been a great improvement at the time but to need still greater improvement at this present time. ...more
Peter Michell
Aug 10, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a sympathetic introduction in the form of an essay each from the two named authors. The Directory itself takes up nearly half the volume. The title is a little misleading because the essays focus almost exclusively on one aspect of worship as described in the Directory and that is preaching. So the book serves very well as a basic text on puritan preaching for those with little previous knowledge.
The puritan approach to the sermon is hugely impressive and is worthy of contemporary study
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Job Dalomba
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Encouraging.
Victor Chininin
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good historical material. Excellent essays by Drs. Ferguson and Dever.
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Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Though it's severely dated, this book still has value in the debate and discussion on what is and is not appropriate worship to God.
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Sinclair B. Ferguson is Associate Preacher at St Peter's Free Church in Dundee and also Distinguished Visiting Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, South Carolina and prior to that, he was minister of St. George's-Tron Church in Glasgow.
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