God is not disinterested in how His people worship Him.
From start to finish, the Bible is clear that the manner in which we worship God matters.
So the discussion of how churches should order their worship services is not merely an academic exercise. It is also not simply an ongoing battle over musical styles and whether or not the pastor has to tuck his shirt in.
How worship should be conducted in our churches is an important theological question, and there are many views on this topic.
One such view is called the Regulative Principle of Worship. If you’ve been around the world of Reformed theology long, this is likely a term that you’ve heard used in discussions about Christian worship.
But what is the Regulative Principle? What does it look like, and how does it compare to other methods of regulating how worship looks in our churches?
Below is a brief explanation of the Regulative Principle of worship, as well as a quick look at two alternative principles: The Inventive Principle and the Normative Principle.