Worship

At Grace, we love to worship. We want to be passionate worshippers of the God who is infinitely worthy of our deepest affection. In fact, we believe that that’s why we were created – to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. So, worshipping God is how we fulfill our created purpose as humans, and how we worship God reflects what we believe about God.

Therefore, the church’s worship is an important matter that needs to be well grounded in Scripture, because at least two really big issues are at stake, namely, the glory of God, and the edification of believers. Ephesians 5:19 includes both of those aims when speaking to the church’s worship: “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,”

In order that those two aims might be realized in corporate worship, we believe that our worship of God needs to be governed by the Word of God, not man’s opinions, preferences, or even traditions. Thus, worship in the church should be both guided by Scripture, and saturated by Scripture.

So, at Grace, we strive to keep God and His Word central in worship. We strive to do this by regularly:

1. Reading the Word
2. Preaching the Word
3. Praying the Word
4. Singing the Word
5. Seeing the Word (through the ordinances of baptism and communion)

The reason the Word of God needs to be central in all aspects of our worship, not merely our singing, is simply because it is the Word of God that builds people up and glorifies God the most. The Word of God has power.

Because we want to be Word-oriented, we choose and use songs that:

1. Fill our mind with God’s character
2. Form our worldview by God’s truth
3. Teach us about the Biblical meaning of the Gospel.

(Click here to view our master song list)

In other words, we want to worship God through songs and music that give us a high view of God and His Word. The reason for this is because we believe that music is a teaching ministry of the church, in the same way that reading, preaching, praying and demonstrating the Word in the ordinances are.

Therefore, we love to worship God with both light and heat – the light of God-centered, theologically-sound, Gospel-saturated songs that the Holy Spirit can use to ignite our hearts with the heat emotions, affections, and experiences that demonstrate an appropriate and proportionate response to the great truths we sing about, and the great God we sing to.

So, at Grace Church, God is the focus, not man. We want God to take our thoughts away from ourselves and this world, and toward Himself, His character, and His Words (the Gospel).

Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised!