What To Expect
We love having visitors in our corporate worship services and weekly Bible studies. We meet every Lord’s Day morning for Sunday School and Worship and at different times throughout the week for congregational and small group Bible studies, ministry projects, and fellowship. Some of our attendees dress up for worship services; others dress more casually. While we endeavor to always be neat and respectful of the occasion, we are more interested in and focused on each person’s heart than what they are wearing. When you visit our worship assembly on the Lord’s Day, you can expect to see the following distinctive characteristics.
An Explicitly Trinitarian and Gospel-centered Worship Service
Our worship gatherings are built around the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Lord’s Day service begins with a call to worship, inviting the congregation into the presence of God with reverence and joy. During the service we have three responsive readings from Scripture by the congregation, led by the teaching pastors (1Tim. 1:15; Rom. 3:22-25; Matt. 28:19-20). These readings help us confess our need for a Savior, who is Jesus Christ the Lord, celebrate the atoning work of Christ, and acknowledge Christ’s command to disciple the nations. Our worship music is carefully chosen to help us honor the Triune God – Father, Son, and Spirit – and is punctuated by the reading of the sermon text and prayer. The emphasis on God and the gospel continues through the sermon and participation in communion. The service concludes each week with a call to repent and believe in Christ and a benediction.
Christ-centered Expository Preaching
We believe Scripture and the preaching and teaching of it is the primary means of edifying and equipping the saints for serving God (2Tim. 3:14-4:5; Eph. 4:11-16). Every Lord’s Day our teaching pastors deliver a systematic exposition of the biblical text. Members are encouraged both to bring their Bibles and to read them during the week. Our preaching and teaching is unapologetically doctrinal, intending to explain and apply the truths revealed by God in His word.
Weekly Observance of the Lord’s Supper
Our congregation eats the Lord’s Supper together every first day of the week (Acts 20:7). We do so to remember the Lord’s death until He comes again (1Cor. 11:23-26). Each week the teaching pastors remind us of the significance of the Supper and call us to focus on Christ, honor His sacrifice, and examine ourselves as we partake. Visitors who have been baptized and made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are welcome to join us in partaking of the Lord’s Table.
Reverent Participation by the Congregation in Worship
Worship is not an event we attend but a discipline and experience in which we participate. Worship happens as our hearts honor, adore, and give thanks to God in prayer, praise, and the other actions involved in our corporate worship (John 4:23-24). The congregation is encouraged to participate in the worship songs each Lord’s Day and to lift their hands in prayer and praise to our God. We are reminded each week of the solemn joy of coming into the presence of a holy God and offering Him our love, thanks, and praise (Psalm 100).