But worship isn’t supposed to focus on us. It’s for us to focus on God. That means that church isn’t something to be re-shaped to suit our desires. Church is to be God-centered. In the Bible, He shows us the principles of how we do that in worship:
If church is starting to sound like a Dr. Phil episode with an interlude of Led Zeppelin, perhaps it’s time to ask: “Who is this for?” If it’s all there to entertain you, to instruct you on having a happy life, then who are you really focusing on? Our joy comes, not from creating perfect lives on earth – which we can never keep – but by losing our lives in the worship of One far more beautiful and worthy than ourselves.
Ultimately, worship is possible only because of the work of Christ. Christ’s life and death alone pay the penalty of sins and grant us to be counted as righteous before God. Trusting Christ for salvation is what makes the difference between a life staring at ourselves, and one lived focusing on our eternal Creator.
Soli Deo gloria!
Pastor Bob Curley, Pastor Steve Garrick and Pastor Matt Vincent
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Pastor Bob Curley
Pastor Steve Garrick
Pastor Matt Vincent