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Living to Worship

Grace Baptist Church strives to fulfill the mission of making disciples. In so doing, the church profits from an intentional process of growing, developing, and maturing in Christ. There are three simple expectations for every member of the Grace Baptist Church family: love the Lord (by worshiping), love one another (by growing in small groups), and love the lost (by serving). In essence, these three expectations are the components of our church's spiritual development process. 

The first part of the process is WORSHIP.

Jesus commanded his disciples to be actively involved in expressing their love for God. He said “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38, NIV) Obedience to this command is WORSHIP. Worship serves as a great place to begin the process toward spiritual maturity because true worship moves people face-to-face into an encounter with God where they can experience God’s presence, power, and purposes. Since Jesus placed worship in the position of priority, disciples of Jesus must place worship in a position of priority not only in the church but also in one’s personal life. Consequently, as believers and members of Grace Baptist Church, worship must be a priority. Growth as disciples of Jesus Christ will not occur without faithfully and consistently gathering as God’s people to worship. (Remember the words in Hebrews 10:25, …let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do…”)

Believing worship must be our number one priority, the leadership of Grace Baptist Church works to be intentional in planning, preparing, and evaluating corporate worship. In addition, effort is made possible to provide worship opportunities that will enable everyone to worship God in spirit and truth so as to experience God’s presence. Therefore, the challenge for every person is to make worship a priority by…

  1. Attending worship every Sunday, unless providently hindered (which simply means something unavoidable prevents you). The tragedy for many is that they come to church unless something else “better” comes along. Renew your mind by making worship a priority.
  2. Expecting to meet God, every Sunday as you come. Could it be that we fail to meet God in worship simply because of our low expectations. 
  3. Make preparations before you come. Prepare spiritually by praying, reading the Bible, listening to worship music, reflecting on God’s blessing and work in your life, etc. Prepare practically by selecting Saturday evening the clothes you and your family will wear on Sunday, going to bed early so you have adequate rest, preparing your tithes and offerings before you get to church, etc. Waiting to the last minute to make these preparations can negatively affect our attitudes as we come to worship.

Remember the priority is to worship God.

Last Published: June 24, 2019 9:46 PM
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