Fear of God Devotional: Worship as a Driving Force Behind the Reformation

How was worship a driving force behind the Reformation?

Joel Beeke explains in this video that the worship of God as He has prescribed in His Word was a major driving force behind the Reformation. Making the Word of God central to the pulpit and to the Church was a big part of the Reformation. 

For instance, one of the Reformers, Ulrich Zwingli, started preaching from the first chapter of Matthew and continued through the entire New Testament – this had never happened before. Believers began to participate in the singing and the sacraments. Thus, the centrality of Scripture and God-glorifying worship were two driving forces behind the Reformation. 

John 4:23-24 (NKJV) – But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”