There are many different opinions about worship, in the coming months we will look at what we do and why we worship this particular way. We were created to worship God, to declare or ascribe to Him “the worth of which he is worthy.”* We were made in His image to reflect His glory and sing His praise! As we confess with the Westminster Shorter Catechism:
Man’s [humankind’s] chief end [primary purpose] is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever (Q.1).
Missions and evangelism is so important to us because we want many, many more people of every culture and place to worship the One True and Living God.
The Church is a worshipping community; every Sunday God’s people gather in the bond of the Spirit and a unity of faith and love to worship our Triune God. We meet on the first day of the week as an abiding testament of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. This corporate dimension of God’s people gathered is also a testimony to the larger purposes of God; His promise to Abraham was for a great nation (Gen. 12:2), more than merely a number of individuals. And we, the Church, are the fulfillment of that promise, for as Paul says:
if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise (Gal. 3:29 ESV).
We are the body of Christ, called to love God with everything we are and have and commanded to love one another as Christ has loved us. And our regular worship services are one primary way to express and strengthen that love. In Sunday morning worship we gather and God speaks to us through His Word and we respond to Him in faith and obedience. We sing to Him the praises due His name and build up one another as we confess our common faith as well as our sin; we are encouraged and humbled as we declare the truth of who God is and what He has done for us and remind ourselves of who we are and who God calls us to be. All of this casts us on Christ, “the Author and Perfecter of our faith” (Heb. 12:2 NIV).
This topic is so important that we will continue talking about it. Worship matters. This is how Peter writes about the Church:
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light (1 Pt. 2:9 NIV).
May God help us as we declare His praise!
*Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, “Worship in the Church”, p. 1193.