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During the English Civil War from 1642 to 1649 the English Parliament raised armies in an alliance with the government of Scotland to fight against their king, Charles I. Because the the Church of Scotland had recently overthrown its bishops and adopted elders to oversee the church they wanted the Church of England to also reform so they could support the Parliament.
In 1643, the English Parliament called upon learned and godly men to meet at Westminster Abbey in order to provide advice on issues of worship, doctrine, government and discipline of the Church of England. The members of the Westminster Assembly included 121 ministers of the Church of England as well as 30 laymen, which included 10 nobles and 20 common people, as well as six Commissioners who represented the Church of Scotland.
Their meetings, over a period of five years, produced a confession of faith, as well as a Larger Catechism and a Shorter Catechism. For more than three centuries, various churches around the world have adopted the confession and the catechisms as their standards of doctrine, subordinate to the Bible.
The first question of the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) asks: "What is the chief end of man?" The answer:
"Man's chief end is to glory God and to enjoy Him forever."
The purpose for which we were created is to bring glory to God.
God does everything for his own glory so he might be honored.
Eph. 1 Paul mentions the spiritual blessings God has given us
1. God choose us. 2. Christ died for us. 3. Holy Spirit indwells us.
After each he used the phrase to the praise of His glory (:6,12,14).
John MacArthur wrote, Worship is honor and adoration directed
to God. A fuller definition is: worship is our innermost being responding with praise for all that God is, through our attitudes, actions, thoughts and words based on the truth of God as He has revealed Himself. A ...
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