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Worship and What it Means to Us

One of the main commitments of the Bacon’s Castle family is to be a worshipping church.  Worship is such an important part of a Christian’s life.

The Bible says that we are to "worship the Lord our God, and serve Him only." (Matthew 4:10)  Jesus told us "the Father seeks worshipers...and His worshipers must worship Him in spirit and in truth." (John 4:23-24)  We want to be a worshipping church.

We believe that to worship God is to love Him.  It is to come before him and surrender afresh our lives.  The Greek word we translate ‘worship’ (proskeneo) actually means to bow down so when we come together before God on Sundays, and privately throughout the week, we are seeking to bow our wills and our hearts to Him.

Worship is so important that we try to apply these eight principles when we come together.  If you have never been our guest, we want you to know that these values give guidelines to our family worship time.

Worship should be sober! (Psalm 95:6)
By this we do not mean that worship should be somber or gloomy but rather that it should be sober and in full recognition of the awesomeness and holiness of God.  Worship should not be trivialized or belittled but rather it should be magnified to a place of great position.

Worship should be celebrative! (Psalm 27:6)
Worship should inspire and testify to our joy in the Lord.  This celebrative joy is primarily an attitude of heart and can be conveyed in many ways.

Worship should be participative!  (Psalm 95:1-11, Col. 3:16, Ephesians 5:18-19, 1 Cor. 14:26)
Worship is something that all are urged to  participate in and it should not be a spectator event.  Consequently we allow and encourage the participation of the body in the singing,  sharing and praying.

Worship should be directed!  (Psalm 100:1)
Though we find a degree of spontaneity in N.T. worship, the psalms seem to indicate that someone was giving direction to the corporate worship of God.   God appointed Levites in the O.T.  and by the time the N.T. was written God had raised up Rabbis to lead the synagogues.  We see godly leadership through a gifted worship leader as an important element to meaningful worship.

Worship should be inspirational!  (Deut.6:5, Matthew 22:37)
By this we mean that worship should seek to inspire greater love for God in our hearts.

Worship should be challenging!  (2 Samuel 24:24)
Worship should challenge us to surrender our whole being to God in absolute abandon.  We should be challenged to sin less and follow in greater obedience.

Worship should be encouraging!  (1 Corinthians 14:26)
Though worship is primarily vertical in nature, directed to God, none the less our worship should be edified to one another.

Worship should be sensitive to seeking people present with an evangelistic hope!  (1 Corinthians 14:20-25)
Paul teaches that in the context of worship we should be sensitive to unbelievers among us.  We should worship so that they will not think we are “mad” but rather they might get saved and worship God with us.  The key to this is having an orderly service, (1 Cor.14:33, 40) and seeking to explain things so an unbeliever might understand.

We will seek to apply these principles as the Holy Spirit leads.  Look for them!   Come join us this Sunday.


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