Worship is our first core value. Now, when we say worship we mean more than the Sunday gathering or music. Worship involves the whole of man. We give our lives, our very existence, over to God as the supreme authority of our life. Romans 12:1, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.”
We believe that worship is man’s primary duty. The Westminster Shorter Catechism asks the question, “What is the chief end of man?” Answer: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.” When we think of worship, we are thinking about the essential purpose and basic duty of life.
We believe worship takes place in our individual lives and in corporate worship. Worship takes place all throughout the week. Donald Whitney writes, “If you will not worship God seven days a week, you do not worship him on one day a week.” Worship is much more than what happens on Sunday. All of life, for the Christian, is worship. We value worship as individuals who live by faith for the glory and delight of God.
Grace Hill values worship as the church gathers around the Word and ordinances. God has regulated worship. Not only does God deserve worship, he tells his worshipers how to worship. We believe that God has regulated worship to preaching, prayer, singing, the public reading of Scripture, and believers partaking in the ordinances of the church. You can read more on this on our “what to expect” page.
The gospel reconciles us to God. It is only through Jesus Christ that the worship of God is possible. It is only faith that makes worship possible, and it is only faith in the proper object – Jesus Christ. We believe a sharp and eternal distinction exists between Christians and non-Christians. There is no gray area. You are either a Christian or you are not. Those who are not, cannot worship God. Jesus is our great mediator, and it is through faith in Him we are made right with God. He bridges the chasm that exists between sinful man and the Holy God. He is the one that brings those who far off near. Faith alone, in Christ alone, makes worship possible.
Believers worship in spirit and truth (John 4:24). Worshiping in Spirit cannot be distinguished from worshiping in truth. The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of truth (John 4:17; 15:26; 16:13). The Spirit is who reveals Christ and works in us so that we can respond in faith and obedience to Christ.
Worship is the end. Yet, it is also a means to that end. Worship is a means to godliness, and it is through worship we grow in conformity to Jesus Christ. We worship for God’s glory. Worship is the natural response of God’s redeemed people. We respond to our glorious and awesome God because of who He is and what He has done for us in Jesus Christ. Allow the glorious gospel to stir your heart to worship in all your life.