The All-Embracing Gospel

This story is the good news (evangelion).  In worship we signify it (leiturgia); in evangelism we proclaim it (kerygma); in fellowship we experience it (koinonia); in our ministry to each other and in our service to others we live it (diaconia).  It is the very heartbeat of who we are.

—Robin Parry, Worshiping Trinity: Coming Back to the Heart of Worship, 20

Common Grace

Out of of the lavishness displayed in the marvelous variety and richness of creation itself, God continues to pour out his common blessings on all people. . . . He is an inexhaustible fountain of loving generosity. Therefore, we neither hoard possessions as if God’s gifts were scarce nor deny ourselves good pleasures as if God were stingy.

—Michael Horton, Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples, 114

A Covenantal God

It’s not just in a few doctrines here or there where biblical faith differs from its rivals; rather, biblical faith springs from a radically different paradigm. In addition to providing a different understanding of God and the God-world relationship generally, a covenantal paradigm grounds a fundamentally different view of human personhood. We do not meet God in the inner realm of our spirit or at sacred rivers, trees, or mountains. Rather, God hallows common places as historical venues of His discourse. Places are special (holy) in biblical faith because God met with His people there and spoke to His covenant word.

—Michael Horton, Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples, 123-24

Liturgical Life

Worship, therefore, is our acknowledgment that all that we believe, know, and seek to proclaim to others pertaining to the history and present life of the Christian faith is communicated to us in a living relationship with God in Christ, expressed initially in our liturgical life.

—Robert W. Duke, “Seminary Worship,” Theological Education 2.1 (Autumn 1965):42