A LIFE OF WORSHIP
We believe at 2nd Street Community Church that worship is not simply the music on Sunday mornings. It is a lifestyle of submission and humbled response to God. In fact the word, “worship”, literally means, “to lie prostrate”. We believe giving thanks to God through song, word, and action is a vital component of being a Jesus follower.
Worship Arts at 2nd Street consists of multiple avenues of artistic display. Presentations of drama, art, and music all enrich our gatherings as we encourage members of the body to use their gifts and talents for the glory of Christ. It is a welcoming place for all to come worship Jesus.
The goal for the worship gathering on Sunday is to create an envirnment where we open ourselves to God, listen for God's voice, and experience God's love. Then, in turn, God's love compels and equips us to share this love with others.
Characteristics of a Life of Worship:
A Life of Worship Costs Us Something: 2 Sam 24:24 “No, I insist on paying for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.”
A Life of Worship is Physical and Passionate: 2 Sam 6:14 “David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the Lord with all his might”.
A Life of Worship Brings Glory to the Creator, Never Glory to Oneself: Psalm 66:1-5 "Shout with joy to God all the earth, sing glory of His name, make His praise glorious! Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds. So great is your power… All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing praise to your name. Come and see what God has done, how awesome His works in man’s behalf!”
A Life of Worship is a Witness to the Unsaved: When the unbelieving world sees us living out the fruits of the spirit and singing praises to God that reflect our authentic, passionate expression of our love for Jesus, they will come face to face with who God is. Psalm 40:3 “He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many will see and fear, and will trust in the Lord.”
A Life of Worship is Focused on Humbling Oneself Before God: It is easy for us to start thinking we are pretty good at what we do (playing an instrument, singing, at our jobs). We need to continually pray that pride would not dwell in our hearts. Pride was the downfall of Satan, he wanted to be worshiped over God. Mt 4:10 “Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’ "