Worship

What we believe about worship:
Worship is the greatest privilege that we have on earth. When we gather to worship at God’s
command and under the oversight of the elders we are invited into the special presence of
God. In worship we meet with God in a special way and we get a foretaste of the glories of
heaven.

Worship is primarily a gift that we offer to God. Therefore, we believe it is imperative that
we seek to give to God what he desires, not what we desire to give him. Therefore, we seek
to worship according to the principles of Scripture. We strive to offer to God worship that is:

God-Centered: The triune God is the singular focus of our worship. While we are indeed
nourished and challenged to grow during the worship service, our ultimate goal is to honor
God by glorifying him. “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be
glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:36

Gospel-centered: The greatest act of God is his work of salvation on our behalf through
Jesus Christ. Only through the gospel do we have life and salvation. Only when we
understand and believe this gospel do we have the motivation, courage, and strength to
worship Him, to serve Him, and to live for him in every context of life. “Therefore, I urge
you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy [in Christ], to offer your bodies as living sacrifices,
holy and pleasing to God– this is your spiritual act of worship.” Romans 12:1

Joyful: God himself is our chief joy and delight. In our worship we delight ourselves in the
Lord by listening to him speak to us through his word and by responding to his word with
prayer and praise. “Happy are the people who have the Lord as their God.” Psalm 144:15

Reverent: Although God is our friend and Father we must honor him with respect and
reverence. When we enter into God’s presence to worship we must recognize his majesty
and holiness. We are not equals with him. He is our God and we are his servants and so
we stand before him with reverence and awe. “Let us offer to God acceptable worship, with
reverence and awe.” Hebrews 12:28