Celebrating Who God is, and what He has done.


       Philosophy of Worship

1. God-Centered. 2. Worship Guided By Scripture: • The content of our singing, praying, welcoming and teaching will always conform to the truth of scripture. The content of the Bible will be woven through all we do in worship and will be the ground of all our appeal to authority. 3. Desperation: • “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…” (James 4:8) we do not just direct ourselves toward God. We earnestly seek his drawing near to us. We believe that in worship God draws near to us in power, and makes Himself known and felt for our good and for the salvation of unbelievers in the midst. 4. Intellect and Passion: • “Head and Heart.” Worship that aims at kindling and carrying deep, strong, real emotion toward God, but does not manipulate people’s emotions by failing to appeal to clear thinking about spiritual things; 5. Earnestness and intensity: • We will avoid a trite, flippant, superficial, frivolous atmosphere, setting an example of reverence, passion, and wonder. 6. Authenticity: • We will renounce all sham, deceit, hypocrisy, pretense, affectation and posturing. We will not promote an atmosphere of artistic or oratorical performance, but rather encourage an atmosphere of radical personal encounter with God truth… 7. In Spirit and in Truth: • We will endeavor to promote a mindset that songs do not equal worship. Songs are a part of worship, if they communicate God truth, and are true of our present moral condition. True authentic worship incorporates our entire life, and is not based on a place, an event, or ritualistic actions. “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and in Truth.” (John 4:22-23) 8. Historic and Modern: • “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out his treasure, what is new and what is old.” (Matthew 13:52) We will not forsake historic music containing truth, nor will we cling to historic songs for the sake of tradition. Rather, we will choose music with the intent to satisfy God, always striving to enlighten people to the characteristics of the one true God. 9. Un-distracting Excellence: • Ministry done with excellence reflects God. We will try to sing, play, pray and teach in such a way that people’s attention will not be diverted from God by shoddy ministry nor by excessive finesse, elegance or refinement. Natural, un-distracting excellence will let the truth and beauty of God shine through.