What to expect when you visit The Church Biblical Worship
". . . we will worship at his footstool." (Psalm 132:7)
What is Biblical Worship? Biblical worship is God-ordained, reverent, humble adoration of the one, undivided, Triune God. The word "worship" in ancient Hebrew meant "to humbly beseech," and to show reverence by "bowing low in homage" which is a wonderful picture of great humility before holy God. The Divinely inspired texts of Scripture: The Old Testament, the Gospels, and the New Testament letters called "epistles" teach us about God, help us to worship Him in Spirit and truth (John 16:12-14; 1 John 4:5-6), and instruct us to hold fast to the faith and traditions taught to us by either word or epistle (2 Thess. 2:15, 3:6).
Biblical worship is genuine reverence like that described by the Psalmists (e.g.,Psalm 5:7, 29:1-2, 95:6, 99:9, 138:2). Biblical worship in the invincible church that Christ is building is Spirit-filled, Christ-centered, reverential adoration to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. For Christians, Biblical worship is a privilege that is transformative, humbling, faith-building, and instructive in the ways of holiness. Worship and is an individual experience that also involves the entire Church.
Biblical Worship Biblical Worship is Psalm Singing
To the church in Ephesus, St. Paul wrote: ". . . speak to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;" (Ephesians 5:18b-20), and to the church is Colossea, he wrote: "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord" (Colossians 3:16). The Book of Psalms in our Bibles was God's inspired songbook for His old covenant people and it served as the hymnal in the first century churches. When you visit THE CHURCH, you will sing Psalms but also the great Christian hymns and spiritual songs like O Gladsome Light, Trisagion, Gloria Parti, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, Holy, Holy Holy, Lord God Almighty, All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name, etc).
Biblical Worship Administering the Sacraments Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are sacraments appointed by the Lord Jesus and are to be continued in his church to the end of the age. Sacraments are more than mere reminders or memorials, they are sacred signs and seals of God's covenant of grace instituted by Him for our blessing. The living experience of the Christian sacramental and liturgical life is the outworking of Biblical Christian truth. The Word of God is at the center of the Church’s life and the Divine Liturgy and the Holy Eucharist (the sanctified bread) and wine are living portraits of Christ in His Gospel. The Christian Eucharist is a ceremonial meal that emerged from the Passover meal of the Old Testament. Jesus transformed the Passover repast into a meal in remembrance of Him. While eating the Eucharist we call to remembrance Christ's perfect finished work in our redemption: His sinless life, sufferings, atoning death, and glorious resurrection. In this sacrament we celebrate God the Son, the Son of God as our New Covenant Passover Lamb who has delivered us from the slavery of sin and death and transfers us into the everlasting Kingdom of God.
At the supper Christ took the bread and the wine and He shared them with His disciples, telling them to eat and drink it as His own Body and Blood. This sacrament then became the center of the Christian life as the experience of the real presence of the Risen Christ in the midst of his People (see Matthew 26; Mark 14; Luke 22; John 6 and 13; Acts 2:41–47; 1 Cor 10–11). By eating the consecrated bread and drinking from the consecrated cup, we enjoy genuine communion with God through Christ who is Himself “the bread of life” (John 6:26-51). The supper of the Lord Jesus is a perpetual ordinance in His churches as well as a remembrance and illustration of our Lord's sacrifice of himself in his death, and is our bond and pledge of communion with Christ and each other.
Biblical Worship Teaching of the Faith
An important part of Worship is the teaching of the Faith from the Sacred Writings. There is a very close relationship between the worship and the teachings of the Church (1 Timothy 4:1-11). Faith is expressed in worship, and worship serves to strengthen and communicate Faith. For this reason, the prayers, hymns, and liturgical ordinances in worship all serve as objects of teaching and edification. Acts 2:40-43And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
The Bible speaks of fellowship among God's people and the recurring word we find in the Biblical text is the Greek word "κοινωνία" (koinonia). Koinonia, often translated "fellowship" in many versions of the New Testament speaks of close relations between church friends where sincere, gracious dialogue and mutual concern are active and felt. Christian fellowship is rooted in our union with Christ (1 John 1:6-7). At The Church, we are our brother's keepers and we strive to live as Paul instructed the church of Rome in Romans chapter 12 and Philippians in chapter two verse twelve, which says,
"Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any κοινωνία (fellowship) of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy,fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind." (NKJV)
The inner spiritual unity which permeates the Church finds expression in the following:
Our common confession of faith by the entire body of the Church (the Scriptures)
participation in the same sacraments; and
submission to the same creed and ecclesiastical decrees.
Proverbs 11:30 says, "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise." The Lord instructed His disciples go and make disciples of all the nations, and to baptize these new believers in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). Once the Holy Spirit wins a soul to Christ with the Gospel, we must teach them to obey all the commands He have given to us. Here at the Church, we seek opportunities to share Christ with a dying world and help them grow to maturity in the faith.
THE CHURCH - A Biblical House of Worship
Meetings Sunday Morning Bible School @ 1015 AM followed by Congregational Worship @ 11:00 AM ~ Wednesday Evening Bible & Prayer @ 6:30 PM