Our Philosophy of Worship

Worship is all that we are, mind, heart, soul and body, humbly responding to all that God is as He reveals Himself, initiated and empowered by the Holy Spirit.


God-Centeredness. The ultimate aim is to focus on God and His salvation through Jesus Christ, so we honor Him through our celebration, enjoyment, and delight in Him and the truth about Him. (Mt. 22:37)


Expecting the Powerful Presence of God. We do not just direct ourselves toward Him; we earnestly seek His presence in our midst, as He draws near to us in power and makes Himself known and felt by the Holy Spirit, for our good and for the salvation of unbelievers in our midst. (James 4:8, Acts 2)


Bible Based and Bible Saturated. The content of our singing and praying and welcoming and teaching and all aspects of our worship will always conform to the truth of Scripture. The content of God’s Word is to be woven through all we do in worship, and will be the basis of all our appeal to authority. (Colossians 3:16)


Head and Heart. Our worship service aims at allowing deep, strong, real emotions toward God but does not manipulate people’s emotions. Rather, we appeal to clear thinking about spiritual truth; and our worship gives people freedom to respond to God in a variety of ways, knowing worship is first and foremost an attitude of the heart. (John 4:23, 1 Cor. 14:15, Psalm 51:17, 1 Samuel 16:7)


Earnestness and Intensity. Avoid a trite, flippant, superficial, frivolous atmosphere but instead set an example of reverence and passion and wonder. (1 Peter 4:7-11, Hebrews 12:28-29)


Authentic Communication. Utterly renounce all sham and deceit and hypocrisy and pretense and affectation and posturing. Avoid the atmosphere of artistic or oratorical performance, but cultivate the atmosphere of a radically life-changing personal encounter with God and His truth. (Ephesians 5:19-20, Isaiah 29:13-14)


Community-Minded. While we seek to have each worshiper respond to God and His truth individually, we are mindful that our corporate worship is experienced in the context of community. Therefore we want the body to experience life together as we meet, and have opportunity to love one another. (Acts 2:42-47, Hebrews 10:23-25)


 While we realize that there are many opinions about types of music, we seek to integrate many types of music, to help all of us learn to love one another as we worship God together through appropriate and Biblical styles of worship music, both past and present. (2 Chronicles 29:30, Psalm 96, Matthew 13:52)
Shepherding Opportunity. Our gatherings are a primary opportunity for the elders to shepherd the body as a whole. This is accomplished through all aspects of worship, including teaching, and through communication to the body from the elders. (Acts 20:28, 1 Peter 5:1-4)