Pastor Mark Dever Says ‘Gospel Preaching Should be at the Center’ of Church Worship and Not Just Loud Music

Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., addresses the Sing! 2019 conference in Nashville, Tennessee, on August 20, 2019. | Screenshot: Facebook

Congregational singing ought to be what your church is known for and it’s vital that the accompaniment does not drown out their voices, says Pastor Mark Dever.

Speaking Tuesday at the Sing! 2019 conference at the Grand Old Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, the lead pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., unpacked in a seven-point talk how the Gospel must shape corporate worship.

“In what sense is our churches Sunday gathering honoring to God if His holiness is at best assumed?” he began.

Dever anchored his presentation in two statements, “Gospel preaching should be at the center of corporate worship” and “Gospel theology shapes our corporate worship.”

Unlike all the fake gods of the world, the real, one true God still speaks, he emphasized, and Christians hear His voice by the proclamation of the Word.

“Whenever God speaks to man, it is an act of grace. … His Spirit accompanies His Word,” he explained.

Exposition of Scripture should be at the center of worship, he stressed: “If you keep preaching the Bible, you will keep preaching the Gospel.”

When considering the contents of a service, leaders would do well to include reading of Scripture, a biblical sermon, prayer, and congregational singing, as these are biblically mandated elements, he said.

“Take care to have the truths taught and the duties that are enjoined in the sermon passage reinforced throughout the hymns and readings and prayers,” Dever said.

Services at Capitol Hill Baptist Church are approximately two hours long. The first hour is full of hymns, prayers, and Scripture readings. This all precedes the sermon so people can be “softened up” to hear the God’s Word proclaimed, he explained.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter