And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” (Revelation 5:9–10)
We are created and saved to worship God. Worship is not an end to another great goal in the church. Worship is the goal. Having been called by the Father, redeemed by the Son, and sealed by the Spirit, the church gladly renders praise to our God and King. We express this worship both in our lifestyles individually and corporately. As individual Christians, we worship and glorify God by walking in holiness, repenting of sin and striving for Christ-likeness. In the church, we worship and glorify God by living together in the Spirit, speaking truth to one another in love, singing joyfully with one another as we gather, and submitting humbly to one another as we serve together.
There are, in fact, two motives that should spur us constantly to evangelize. The first is love for God and concern for his glory; the second is love for man and concern for his welfare. (J.I. Packer)
These two great realities--the glory of God and love for our neighbor--compel us to share the good news of Jesus Christ's perfect life, sacrificial death, and victorious resurrection and show the great love of God in works of service to our city and world.
If we come to church just to be with one another, one another is all we’ll get. And it isn’t enough. Inevitably, our hearts will grow empty, and then angry. Putting community first destroys community. But if we come to Christ first and submit ourselves to him and draw life from him, community gets traction. (Ray Ortlund, Jr.)
Jesus Christ came not only to save sinners but to build a church, a community of believers united in Himself and committed to one another. Indeed, our unity is not primarily found in stage of life, educational level, or racial identification. We are bound by the Spirit to the living Christ and one another, and this reality is at the heart of biblical community.
For more teaching on these values at our church, please listen to our six-part series entitled "Christ Fellowship: A Worshiping and Witnessing Community."