WHAT IS WORSHIP?
God is so much greater than we can imagine (Psalm 145:3), so it makes sense that worshipping God involves so much more than singing. It also makes sense that there is not just one phrase that captures everything we could say about worshipping Him rightly. Though we can't fit “worship” into a simple definition, there are things we know to be true.
God (Father, Son, & Holy Spirit) is the only Author and object of right worship. For all eternity He has been delighting in Himself. Through Jesus (1 Peter 2:5, Hebrews 10:19-25), we are commanded to join the endless song of magnifying God’s glory, perfections, and beauty (Psalm 96:1-4a). We worship God in two contexts: as we gather and as we scatter.
When we gather together on Sunday mornings, we want people of every generation to see and celebrate the supreme worth of God in Christ. We worship our Triune God together as we sing, pray, give offerings, hear God’s Word proclaimed and taught, participate in Communion and baptism, exercise our spiritual gifts, and more. Because singing is one of the primary ways we speak with one voice, our songs focus on and communicate the truth and beauty of God’s glory revealed in the gospel (Romans 1:16, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Colossians 3:16). The Holy Spirit does wondrous things when Jesus is on display! We gather together as one body to encourage and build one another up (Ephesians 4:11-16). We gather with joyful anticipation and expectation that God will accomplish all his plans for his glory and our good. We look forward to the day when Christ returns and sets all things right.
Gathering together with God’s people to worship Him is our great privilege and delight. However, our services represent little more than 1 out of 168 hours in the week. What about the other 167 hours during which we scatter back out into the world? Article 8 of our EFCA Statement of Faith describes how we should live daily:
“GOD COMMANDS US TO LOVE HIM SUPREMELY AND OTHERS SACRIFICIALLY, AND TO LIVE OUT OUR FAITH WITH CARE FOR ONE ANOTHER, COMPASSION TOWARD THE POOR AND JUSTICE FOR THE OPPRESSED. WITH GOD’S WORD, THE SPIRIT’S POWER, AND FERVENT PRAYER IN CHRIST’S NAME, WE ARE TO COMBAT THE SPIRITUAL FORCES OF EVIL. IN OBEDIENCE TO CHRIST’S COMMISSION, WE ARE TO MAKE DISCIPLES AMONG ALL PEOPLE, ALWAYS BEARING WITNESS TO THE GOSPEL IN WORD AND DEED.”
For more information, contact Aaron Leggett, Pastor of Gathered Worship, .