Philosophy of Worship

Philosophy of Worship

Our philosophy of worship can be summarized in the following three areas:

I. GOD-CENTERED WORSHIP

  1. God alone is deserving of Worship. God, being the highest Being, deserves and demands our worship. He is a jealous God and as His people, we are called to give our highest affections to Him alone. (Ex. 20:3-6; Ps. 148:13)
  2. Corporate Worship is a response to God. Based on what we know to be true about God, we can worship Him. This knowledge comes mainly through the preaching and study of God’s Word. Worship is an overflow from a redeemed creature to his Creator based on what has been revealed through scripture. (Ps. 8; 95:6-7; 147; Rom. 11:33-36)
  3. The Gospel is what unites God’s people in worship. Regeneration is the ultimate enabler of a worshipper. The Gospel frees us to worship God and unites us with others who are regenerate. The Gospel also reminds us of our state before regeneration. As sinners we must remember that without Christ we are utterly lost. This should give us a mindset of humility and reverence as we come before God. (Ps. 86:12-13; 1 Pe. 2:9)

II. BIBLICAL TEXT

  1. Texts used in Worship must be in complete agreement with scripture. The Bible is our authority for sanctification, therefore the texts used to worship the sanctifier must be in complete agreement with His ways, desires, and decrees. (Ps. 119:92-93; Eccl. 5:2; 2 Cor. 2:17; 4:2)
  2. Texts used in Worship are to be both didactic and affectionate in content. Teaching is a main emphasis during worship. The truths expressed in the text must be reflective both of scripture and our response to that scripture. In other words, the texts used in the worship setting should stimulate both our hearts and our minds, causing us to simultaneously muse on the truths of God and express with joy our praise to Him. (Ps. 19:7-11; Col. 3:16; 2 Tim. 3:15-17)

III. TRANSGENERATIONAL STYLE

  1. The style of Worship must be one that is inviting, not offensive. Worship is a time to draw people near to God. Therefore, extremes of any style of music are inappropriate in a Worship setting. People from diverse backgrounds and age groups are brought together at church, and the style should be reflective of that diversity. (Rev. 15:4; Eph. 5:19-21; Col. 3:16-17)
  2. The offering of Worship must be done in an excellent manner. As different gifts from the congregation are utilized in the Worship service, a standard of excellence will be maintained. God is deserving of our best gifts. These offerings may not be perfect by the standards of men, but they must edify the body of Christ, come from a pure heart, and honor God. (1 Cor. 14:26-33, 40)
  3. The attitude of Worship must be one that is preferential to one another. Preferring one another must extend into the worship service. This demands not just an expectance, but an appreciation for fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and their worship styles. (Eph. 5:19-21)

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