WORSHIP: Some Basic Questions

Where Should I Worship?
Perhaps no more urgent question can be asked today. How would you answer?

Many would say: "In the church I was raised" or "Where there is warmth and friendliness." Others seek security in bigness or fellowship in smallness. Choirs, organs, architecture, and, yes, even the preacher's personality are prime considerations for some.

But none of these criteria is adequate for a proper decision.

Instead, look for a church where:

  • The good news of Jesus Christ is faithfully proclaimed.
  • Baptism and the Lord's Supper are faithfully administered and understood.
  • Devotion to the Bible is demonstrated in all of life.

These qualities are where Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church begins.

Why Should I Worship?
All of creation cries out that there is a God, who has lordship and sovereignty over all. He is good and does good unto all; and He is, therefore, to be feared, praised, and served. He is worthy to be trusted, and His Word calls all people everywhere to love Him with heart, mind, soul, and strength.

In the Scriptures, God's written Word, the one true God has revealed Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit both in the works of creation and of redemption. God the Father so loved the world that He gave His eternal Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). The Father and the Son have sent the Holy Spirit into the world that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. By the gift of His Spirit, people who once were separated from God because of sin have been given access to God that they might worship Him in Spirit and in truth.

How Should I Worship?
The only acceptable way of worshiping the true God is instituted by God Himself. The way is limited by His own revealed will, that He may not be worshiped according to the imaginations and inventions of men. The right way of worship is prescribed in the Bible alone.

Religious worship is to be given to God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is to given to Him alone and not to angels, to mere men, or to any other creature.

Since the fall of man into sin, God is not to be worshiped apart from Jesus Christ. He is the Redeemer, the only Mediator between God and men.

The reading and the preaching of the Word of God, prayer, the singing of psalms and hymns, and the proper administration of the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper are properly parts of the worship of God. God has appointed and set apart one day in seven, called the Lord's Day, for His worship and for the spiritual good of His people.

Will you join us?

 

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