Your Purpose: Worship
You were created for worship. This is the final end of all existence: the worship of God. God created the universe so that it would display the worth of his glory. And he created us so that we would see this glory and reflect it by knowing and loving it -- with all our heart and soul and mind and strength.
What is Worship?
Corporate worship at Garden City Church is the heart-felt, joyful, public savoring of God. Worship is the extravagant, open enjoyment of God as the fountain of life. And therefore it is a public declaration that God is more to be desired than all the pleasures of this world.
What Worship is not?
Worship is not the performance of a routine of songs and hymns, and prayers and preaching. When the angel said to John, who had fallen at his feet, "Don't do that to me; worship God," he did not mean, sing a chorus, recite a creed or listen to a sermon. He meant connect with GOD! Focus on God, not the messenger. Concentrate on God, not the worship chorus. Pursue God, not just knowledge about God. And in all your focusing and concentrating and pursuing after God, seek to stir up your feelings to love him and honor him and admire him and fear him and enjoy him and savor him.
What unites Garden City Church in Worship?
And this is what we will do from the bottom of our hearts, as long as God gives us breath and faith.
(partially adopted from Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN.)
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