What is worship?
It’s a good question to ask for the simple reason that the word “worship” gets used in many different ways - It can be used as a title for church services or as a reference to singing or music - and while it's appropriate to use the word “worship” when describing those things, the reality is that the word “worship” encompasses so much more.
At CBC we aim to think about the word "worship" in two very related but distinct categories - what it is and how it’s demonstrated - one is foundational while the other is expressive.
John Piper makes this point helpfully clear when he writes:
The inner essence of worship is to know God truly and then respond from the heart to that knowledge by valuing God, treasuring God, prizing God, enjoying God, and being satisfied with God above all earthly things. It’s the deep, restful, joyful satisfaction in God that then overflows in demonstrable acts of praise from the lips and demonstrable acts of love in serving others for the sake of Christ.
The concept is simple enough, but it needs saying - worship is more than any single act - it's a position of the heart that fuels and propels everything else we do as individuals and importantly, as a gathered community of believers brought near to God because of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
With that said, one way we do choose to express our worship to God is through intentionally and regularly gathering to sing songs that magnify Him. Our aim is to sing songs saturated with the truth of Jesus revealed to us in the Scriptures most clearly seen and understood through the lens of the gospel.
Singing together is a major part of our Sunday gathering and all are welcome to join us as we look to celebrate Him who is worthy of our complete worship.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.