Sundays at FPC
Sundays are the heartbeat of our church, because worship is the very heartbeat of our souls. On Sunday mornings we gather together, as a community of sinners saved by grace, to worship our great God and Savior.
At First Presbyterian Church, we believe that worship should be God-centered, Bible-based, Christ-exalting, and Spirit-filled.
- By God-centered we simply mean that God is the proper focus of all our worship. Our services, therefore, are aimed God-ward rather than man-ward. We seek to “ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name” and to worship Him “in the splendor of His holiness” (Psalm 96:8-9, NIV).
- Because the Bible is necessary to know God rightly and truly, our worship must also be Bible-based in order for it to be God-centered. By “Bible-based” we mean that Scripture, and not human opinion or tradition, determines the content of our worship. Not only does the Bible determine the specific elements of worship (i.e., we sing, pray, read, and preach because there is Biblical warrant for doing these things when Christians gather together to worship God), but it also determines the content of each element. This means that we don’t just sing; we sing the Bible. We don’t just pray; we pray the Bible. We don’t just read and preach; we read and preach the Bible.
- Worship is to be Christ-exalting, because Christ, by His own admission, is the only Savior for sinners, the only mediator between God and man, who has provided the only way of salvation by His life and death (John 14:6; cf. Acts 4:12; 2 Cor. 5:21). He is the “Lamb, who was slain,” the One who alone is “worthy…to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise” (Rev. 5:12, NIV).
- Biblical worship should also be Spirit-filled. As Jesus Himself says in John 4:23-24, those who wish to worship God rightly must do so “in spirit and truth.” One of the things that this means is that our worship is not simply to be “in truth.” We are not simply to ensure that we are worshiping God with the right elements and the right content (as important as that is). But we are to worship Him with our “spirits” in the power of the Holy Spirit. Worship is to involve our minds and our spirits. It is to be a “whole-soul” communion with Christ by way of the Holy Spirit.
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