Sunday gatherings are a unique opportunity to center around God to hear from His Word, consider His work, sing His praise, and enjoy His presence. We gather as a body recognizing that the local church is the means by which God displays His glory to the world.
We love gathering together to worship God in spirit and in truth. When we come to the Sunday morning service, we come not as consumers or observers but participants. We come to do something; namely, to worship God. At the heart of our meeting is the conviction that God breathes life into his people through his word. That is why we speak of our time together as Word-saturated worship; where we read the Word, pray the Word, sing the Word, preach the Word, and see the Word (through baptism and communion).
We believe that the songs we sing together should give us a rich vocabulary for life and worship before God. Whether they come from the sixteenth century or the twenty-first, we want to sing songs that are God-exalting, Gospel-centered, Word-saturated, and theologically-rich (Colossians 3:16-17). Congregational singing is a beautiful gift as it emphasizes God's people gathering to praise Him with one voice. We enlist singers and instrumentalists to provide leadership so that the voice of the congregation is the primary instrument of praise.
READING & PRAYER
We want to hear from God and communicate back to Him. Thus, we take up the practice of reading His Word (1 Timothy 4:13) and praying (1 Timothy 2:1-3). Readings vary from both the Old and New Testament as we seek to familiarize ourselves with the richness of God's word. We also take time to pray each Sunday, being led in prayers of confession, thanksgiving and intercession.
We believe that God is most glorified and the body is most edified by expository preaching. By expository, we mean that the point of the sermon is to explain the meaning of the text and press its eternal implication upon the hearts of those who hear. Sermons usually range from 40 to 45 minutes and with an emphasis upon reflection and application. On a regular basis, we are teaching through books of the Bible, alternate between different genres in the Bible. All preaching is driven by the Gospel, the Bible’s main message of God saving sinners through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Each week respond to the proclamation of God's Word by coming to the Lord's Table for communion and then a final charge and benediction as the church is sent out as disciples into our foothills community.
We provide light refreshments in the common area before and after the service to encourage fellowship. This is a wonderful time to connect with other Christians in the area. After the service, in particular, we encourage people to stay around a while and discuss what we all just heard from the Scriptures, sharing with one another what we learned and how we might respond. On the first Sunday of each month, we have an extended time of fellowship as we share a light luncheon together.