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Covenant Renewal Worship

Worship is the most important activity of the Christian church. Every week on the Lord's Day our Triune God graciously calls us together in order to serve us. God brings us to Himsef in order to renew our covenant with him, and we respond with thanksgiving and praise. The Lord's Day must be central in the life of our congregation. On this day, we are cleansed from sin, renewed in our faith and trust in Jesus, instructed by his Word, and strengthened as a community. Every Sunday the congregation assembles to take full advantage of every good gift the Lord himself desires to give us. For those who are not familiar with our worship, perhaps it would be wise to explain why we worship the way we do. First, what is the purpose of our Lord's Day assembly? We start by realizing what worship is not:

  • Worship is not simply evangelism (1 Chron. 16:29; Ps. 100:2; Mt. 4:10; John 4:24)
  • Worship is not simply education (Is. 56:7; Ps. 95:1-2, 6; Revelation 4 & 5)
  • Worship is not simply an experience you feel (Ps. 4:5; Ps. 32:5; Ps. 95; Rom. 12:1-2; 14:17-18; Heb. 12:28-29; 13:16)
  • Worship is not simply Praise or Exaltation (Ps. 95:6; Acts 2:42; 4:1-2; 5:42; 15:35; 1 Tim. 4:13-16; Titus 1:9)

SUMMARY: There is truth in each of these. We must proclaim the gospel, engage the emotions of the congregation, teach God's word, and ascribe praise to God, but all of these fail because they reduce worship to one option, when worship includes all these aspects. If our worship is to include all of these truths, how then should we worship?

Principles of Worship

  • Worship must glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31)
  • Worship must have reverence and godly fear (Heb. 12:28-29)
  • Worship must be from the word (Col. 2:23)
  • Worship must have order (1 Corinthians 14:40; Col. 2:5-7)
  • Worship must edify the people of God (1 Corinthians 14:26)

Now that we have established some principles concerning worship, can we estabilsh a pattern for worship?

The pattern of worship in Scripture is appropriately called covenantal (or gospel oriented). God calls us into His presence to worship; God charges us to corporately confess our sins; God comforts us with the declaration of our forgiveness through the gospel; God joins us with the Church triumphant in our confession of faith; God speaks to us through His Word; God receives the fruit of our lives and labors in the offering; God feeds us at His Table; God blesses us in the benediction and sends us to out to serve in His victorious kingdom. Worship, therefore, takes this form:

  1. Call to worship
  2. Confession and forgiveness
  3. Consecration-by word, prayer, song
  4. Communion of the Lord's Supper
  5. Commission

Our Weekly Bulletins

Here are some of our weekly bulletins in pdf format. When you open the pdf document with Adobe Reader the layout will be just as it appears in the bulletin on Sunday.

Friday, March 21, 2008 (Good Friday)

Sunday, March 23, 2008 (Easter)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sample Sermons

Sermon on Habakkuk by James H. Grant, Jr [preached at Mt. Zion Bible Church; 1/2/2008]

Christocentric Structure of the Psalter by James H. Grant, Jr. [Mid-South Founder's Conference-2004]

The Song of Simeon by James H. Grant, Jr. [Christmas Sermon, 2008]

The Message of 1 Thessalonians: The Gospel in Thessalonica by James H. Grant, Jr. at the conclusion of the 1 Thessalonians series.

Psalm Presentation at Union University's Psalm Project: "How I Introduced Psalm Singing to My Church...Without Getting Fired!"

[Psalm Presentation Handout]