How We Worship
Nothing compares to the joy of worshiping God. It is what human beings were created for! Because of what Christ has done for us, we can boldly approach the throne of God’s grace. We pray to God, sing songs to God, and eagerly seek to meet God as we open the Bible together.
At First Baptist Church we seek to “offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” (Heb 12:28b-29, ESV) God deserves dignity and honor; we hope to offer him nothing less.
We pattern our weekly services after the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We begin with adoration, and a view to who God is. The adoration portion of our service usually includes a call to worship, a hymn of adoration, a congregational reading from Scripture, and a doxology in song. Upon seeing the holy glory of God, we acknowledge our own unworthiness to worship him apart from Christ. We use this portion of our service to confess our sin and remember the pardon we have received through atoning work of Christ. We then respond with thanksgiving for what Christ has done for us with a hymn of thanksgiving. This leads to us coming to God in prayer and the morning offering. Having rehearsed the Gospel, we then attend to growth in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ through the ministry of the Word. The ministry of the Word includes Scripture Readings, hymns, and the sermon. We close the service with a prayer and benediction.
Here is a typical Sunday-morning worship service:
†Call to Worship: Psalm 112:1
†Hymn Blue 291 Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
†Congregational Reading: Psalm 112:1b-7
†Doxology: Gloria Patri, Red 436
Confession of Sin and Assurance of Pardon
Hymn Insert: Arise, My Soul, Arise
†Hymn Red 121: It’s Good to Thank the Lord
†Prayer of Intercession
Ministry of the Word
Scripture Reading : 1 Samuel 6:1-7:2; Matthew 23:37-24:28
†Hymn Blue 66: Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts
Sermon: Coming Together for Division from 1 Corinthians 11:17-22, Pastor Ryan Martin
†Hymn Insert: A Prayer for Christ’s Church
Prayer & Benediction