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…the Bible is the inspired Word of God, absolutely inerrant in the original languages. As the ultimate and final authority over the lives of every person, it serves as the revelation of God Himself, and provides all that is necessary to be restored to a right relationship with Him.
…in a Triune God – one eternal God in three persons: The Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit.
…Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation…a life of purpose on this earth, and an eternal life of unspeakable joy and fellowship with Him after we die. Without Him, our present life is filled with fruitless ambition and eternity with unspeakable anguish in hell.
…Jesus Christ became man, died on the cross for every believer, was buried, raised from the dead, and ascended to heaven where He reigns and intercedes for us.
…in a literal Second Coming of Jesus Christ at which time every individual will be accountable to Him at the final judgement.
…the Holy Spirit indwells every believer, transforming them into the image of Jesus Christ and equipping them with spiritual gifts necessary for ministry.
…Jesus is the Head of the Church and we are instituted to worship God and proclaim Him.
Worship acknowledges of the worth of God. Revelation 5:11-12 describes worship in heaven:
Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”
Worship is centered on the Triune God. Worship is a personal acknowledgment of God’s glory – His majesty and holiness and the totality of who He is. It is an expression of our love for God. Because it is personal, each of us may worship in a somewhat different means than others. Worship includes calling upon God, praising Him, confessing our sinfulness, proclaiming of His Word as being authoritative for knowing God’s worthiness and how we are to respond in living our lives, the celebration of sacraments to remember God’s grace and to grow in faith, and presenting our petitions before Him as we admit our total dependence on Him, and thanking God for who He is and what He has done through obedience and the offerings of our resources and lives. Music is an important component of worship – as seen biblically and since it enables us to express praise from deep with in us, beyond words.
Worship of God cannot be separated from our relationships with one another and the world. God tells us that if we are offering our gifts and the altar and know that our brother has something against us, we must first seek reconciliation. God rejected the worship of the Israelites because of how they treated the poor and the alien. He even says in Amos 5:21 “I hate, I despise your religious feasts; I cannot stand your assemblies.”, because of their injustice. Worship that causes division in the body of Christ is unacceptable and yet this in rampant today. The problems is within our hearts. We must remember the purpose of worship is to magnify God even at personal expense. When we are divided over worship issues, then we no longer reveal that Christ is in us (John 17) and to proclaim the Christ. (1 John 4).
Worship is described in many ways in Scripture. As indicated before, we may each worship somewhat differently than others. We can “be still”, “shout”, or “lie prostrate” to express worship – just to name a few ways. Worship should respect the worship expressions of others.
Worship is manifest in our service. In the NIV, Psalm 100:2 is translated both as “Worship the LORD with gladness;” and “Serve the Lord with gladness”. As of life is to be lived for the glory of God. All of life is to be an expression of God’s Lordship and worth. Worship should challenge, teach, prepare, and equip people to live lives of worship. That includes daily prayers and devotions but also being aware of our call to be His witnesses. It means that we seek to trust God in all things and obey Him fully, submitting all to Him.
Our worship of God is the most important activity as the body of Christ, and should be the starting point of all other ministries and activities.