TRANSCENDENT WORSHIP


At Anchorage Grace Church, we recognize that worship is the ultimate priority of the believer. Our highest calling and greatest responsibility is to worship God, not just musically, but with our entire lives (Rom 12:1-2; Heb 13:15-16). In fact, Jesus concisely describes true worship in this way: “True worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such persons the Father seeks to be His worshippers. God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24).

True, biblical worship is grounded in two critical realms. First, it must be worship which flows from the inner dimension of a person (worship in spirit)—from the intellect, emotions, and volition (Pss 45:1; 41:17; 103:1; Rom 1:9). In other words, worship first and foremost flows out of the attitude of the heart. This contrasts starkly with mere outward ritual. That kind of “worship” is hypocritical and deceitful (Isa 1:13-15; 29:13; Jer 7:9-10; Matt 15:7-9). But worship “in spirit” is characterized by earnest, sincere, authentic, and passionate expressions of love and adoration for Jesus Christ.

Second, true worship occurs in response to God’s gracious revelation of Himself in both creation and Scripture (worship in truth). In fact, it is impossible for worship to occur apart from an understanding of the person and work of God (Acts 17:23). Thus, every aspect of worship must conform to the truth of God’s Word. Biblically-based worship will keep God and His glory as its central focus and avoid man-centeredness. It will emphasize God’s transcendence as well as His immanence. And it will ensure that songs can serve as vehicles both for rejoicing in and adoring God and for accurately teaching and admonishing each other (Col 3:16; Eph 5:19).

At Anchorage Grace, we strive to incorporate worship into every aspect of church life.  From children’s to adult ministries, we aim to encourage and foster a greater and deeper worship of Jesus Christ. We take worship seriously. It is the central aspect of our corporate worship hour and cultimates in the preaching of Scripture. The music we sing is selected based firstly on the richness of its content, and then the beauty and appropriateness of its musical style.

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