April 9, 2016 | by: Michael Hildebrandt | 0 comments
How we apply the Principles of Worship:
Why do so many churches pattern their worship services after the things of the world? God tells us..."Do not love the world, nor the things of the world. If anyone loves the world the love of the Father is not in him." 1 Jn. 2:15
At GBC our worship services are simple...
As we have pointed to under "The Principles of Worship," we take seriously what Jesus said in Jn. 4:23-24:
"...true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
Therefore, we strive to implement these principles at every worship service.
We seek to come before God with the reverence and awe that He is worthy of! The world and most churches have lost the fear of God! We strive not to.
We also come before Him with great joy!
We're not sullen... we have no desire to be the: "frozen chosen."
We rejoice to be in the presence of our God and His people!
Here's what you won't find at GBC:
We do not entertain our congregation with various "special music" programs or musical extravaganzas.
We do not try to impress or awe people with "drama shows."
We do not attempt to artificially "pump up" the congregation to get everyone to sing loudly.
Here's what we do:
We pray and read Scripture!
We actually sing God honoring hymns from Hymnals.
Each member of the congregation seeks to offer sincere praise to the Living God from that new living heart which He has given us!
We offer to God from our "firstfruits."
That is Worship in Spirit.
Again... here's what we don't do:
We do not replace the preaching of God's Word with entertainment.
Our pastor does not sit on a stool and tell stories, attempting to "relate" to every young person and make them think he's "cool."
Nor does he give 15 minute homilies telling jokes, stories, lofty thoughts, how-to steps, or life applications.
Rather... here is what we offer:
Expositional messages that come from God's Word!
That is Worship in Truth.
Bring your Bibles... and your brains!
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