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Order of Worship
Twelve Marks of Our Worship and Life
Twelve Marks of our Worship and Life
What are some of the identifying marks of our congregation and of our worship? The things that we value, that we hope you see in us, and for which we strive?
Here is a list of twelve of those marks.
1. HISTORIC: grounded in the stability of the past, not obsessed with the contemporary
We believe that the past is valuable. We have something to learn from history. Years of biblical scholarship and of church tradition do not have to be passed over in an effort to “reinvent the wheel.” We are not the first people to be a church. We are not the first people to worship God. This does not mean we refuse contemporary music or expressions but that we do not believe we have to reject the past in order to be relevant in the present. We are thankful for the stability and deep theological life manifested in historic doctrinal standards and practices of the Church. Theology (what we believe about God) drives and determines our doxology (our worship).
2. WORSHIP: edifying and evangelistic, not one or the other
Worship is something that believers do. Worship does not have to be downgraded in order to be evangelistic. Evangelism is a by-product of worship. The apostle Paul anticipates that unbelievers will come into worship services and say, “God is really among you!" (1 Corinthians 14:25). Biblical worship will be edifying to the saints and as such, will be evangelistic toward the unbelieving. Worship should be marked by reverence and joy. It should be simple, heartfelt, historic, and above all, it must be Scriptural. Expository preaching is to be valued and practiced.
3. ORDER and LITURGY (the order of worship): structured but not stuffy
Disorder, confusion, and disorganization in worship are not the marks of God who reveals Himself in Scripture as “not a God of disorder but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33). It’s ok for a corporate worship to be structured. Many Christians will likely only spend one hour a week in formal, corporate worship. Why should it not be structured? At the same time, we do not believe that you will find us to be “stuffy.”
4. DISCIPLESHIP: faithfully maturing in Christ, but not yet perfection
God calls us to be disciples and to make disciples. A disciple is one who possesses and who is maturing in a right relationship with God’s Son (Jesus), God’s Word (the Bible), and God’s People (the church). Each of these three facets is necessary for the life of discipleship to which we have been called.
5. MISSIONS: our heart, not merely a program
We desire that missions would be in the very fabric of what we are, not merely another “program” of the church. We desire a heart for missions, rather than simply a program of missions. Our understanding of Scripture drives and defines missions, rather than discouraging it.
6. CHURCH LIFE: a matter of relationships, not numbers
As a body of believers, we are family. Relationships matter. Programs and agendas serve family, build relationships, and provide a means of maintaining our oneness in Christ. The well-being of the church family rests on, and grows out of, biblically structured homes and family life.