In Chapter 1 the author introduces the main contention of this volume on the doctrine of the Word of God, that the speech of God to man is real speech. God’s speech can be understood and man can be held accountable to respond appropriately. Frame’s thesis is that God’s Word is a personal communication from him to us.
In chapter 1, John Frame wants to give an answer to the question, “What is worship?" He emphasizes that it should be God-centred, gospel-centred, and it is worship of the triune God. He also explores how in worship attention should be given to the relationship with our fellow believers and society as a whole. Frame also explains his understanding of worship in a narrow and broader meaning.
Looking briefly at the history of cultural involvement of the church, this article looks at art and discusses whether Christians should embrace high art. Though high art can be good, this article shows that Christians must learn to start where people are and work for their growth, while being careful of the influence of the secular world in setting the standard.
Reformed churches sometimes struggle in reaching out to minority groups. In this article, the author discusses some reasons for this. Focus is given to the idea of "learned ministry" - the high educational requirement for entering ministry within the Reformed churches - which hinders such growth of multi-ethnic churches. Rethinking mission work and evangelism may be one way to change things.
Looking at the relationship between intellect, will and emotions, this article shows that the Reformed view has formed a hierarchy of the three with the intellect at the top. Looking at the biblical evidence, the author shows that there is no ground for this hierarchy. The author maintains that Scripture addresses emotions, and based on this he urges Christians to care about the feelings of others.