Our Mission: To Worship God in Spirit and in Truth

Text: John 4:19-26
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: January 9, 2011

The elders have decided to start the new year with a four part series covering the mission of Grace Bible Church based upon the statement we introduced at the annual business meeting last month (see below). The purpose of the mission statement is to summarize our understanding of what Scripture teaches concerning our purpose as a church. This gives us a framework by which to evaluate and plan our ministry efforts so that we can focus on what matters most.

This week we will focus on our corporate worship. While all people owe God worship (Rom. 1:20-21 Mt. 4:10), we as the church are particularly called to praise and honor Him.
Not all worship is acceptable to God, however. Jesus states in John 4 that God seeks worshipers who worship Him in spirit and in truth. Our worship is God centered and is based upon the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. God has revealed in Scripture the elements which should be included in our worship. We are not free to add or subtract from what He requires. He also wants us to worship wholeheartedly, not merely with our lips, but with joy and enthusiasm.

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