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Is private worship more important than public worship?

David Murray suggests that public worship is better than private worship.

If you had the choice between private Bible reading and prayer, or going to church, which would you choose?

The Puritans would choose church.

Surprising isn’t it. We all know the Puritans’ welcome emphasis on private devotion and personal godliness. But they actually rated public worship even higher.

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is on faculty at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He has written two books, dozens of articles, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and two children.

One Response to Is private worship more important than public worship?

  1. Martin says:

    Todd Billings of Western Theological Seminary agrees. In this article in 'Incarnational Ministry', he concludes that communal worship should be emphasized over individualism.
    http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2012/july-aug

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