- Church Life
When we think of the word worship, many times, we immediately think of the music, but in reality, the Bible tells us that worship is much more than that. In fact, Romans 12:1 says that our spiritual worship is when we offer our bodies to God in a way that is holy and pleasing to Him. Jesus tells us in John 4:23 that God desires us to worship Him in spirit and in truth. In other words, we are to worship God as He truly is with our whole being, our very spirit. So when we gather on Sundays to fellowship, sing, and hear from the Lord, we are bringing our everyday, individual worshiping lives together in one joyous response to God.
There are three elements that mark a genuine worship service. We make it our aim to encounter, engage, and express every Sunday morning.
We want to encounter God on Sunday, so we take seriously all that the Bible teaches. The Bible is our only definitive instruction on who God is and what He has done. Therefore, the songs that we sing and the sermons that are preached are filled with the truths of scripture. We do not want our experience of God to be shaped by our own perceptions about who He is, so we submit to the very Word of God that He graciously spoke to us through the Scriptures. The book of Hebrews tells us that God has spoken to us most perfectly and fully through Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:1-2), and Jesus Himself says that there is no way to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). Therefore, if you join us on Sunday morning, you will hear us making much of Jesus Christ, for it is only though Him that we can truly encounter God.
When we encounter God we do not come away unchanged. Moses went up the mountain and spoke with God face to face, and when he came down, his face shined so much that he had to wear a veil for the remainder of his life (Exodus 34:29). The apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 3:7-11 that the glory that we display in Christ exceeds that of even Moses. We do not passively receive the Lord as He reveals Himself, we respond to Him. We turn our minds and hearts toward Him and engage with the very God of the universe, who made us for this very purpose. We want our response to Him to be genuine, passionate, and filled with the reflected glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.
So God reveals Himself to us through His word and we respond with joy, but this joy does not stay inside. We are convinced by the Scriptures that our response with God should be filled with joy that overflows in physical expressiveness. This means that we listen intently to the word preached, we sing with passion, we raise our hands, clap for joy, bow before the Lord, and yes, even dance before Him in reverent praise. We desire to create an atmosphere on Sunday mornings that is not only filled with truth, but filled with truth that leads to freedom (John 8:32).
We are still growing in all of this, but we trust in our Lord Jesus Christ who perfects our offerings and secures our standing as righteous before a Holy God.
We invite you to join us as we seek to encounter God through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, engage with Him in our minds and hearts, and express with passion all the joy with which He fills us in His Holy Spirit.