One big central activity to the life of Celebration is worshipping God. We have a philosophy when it comes to worship: God is the audience, the band and singers on stage are catalysts, and the people in the rows are the performers. Based on that philosophy here are some convictions I have about worship.
- Worship is for believers. How can someone worship a God they don’t believe in?
- Worship reflects the heart of God. The heart of God is expressed in Luke 15, where God is seeking out those who are lost. This attitude will be reflected in the worship service.
- God expects us to be sensitive to the hang-ups, fears, and the needs of unbelievers in our worship and community. Colossians 4:5 says, “Be wise in the way you act towards outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.” In Titus is says, “In every way… make the teaching about our God and Savior attractive.”
- Worship in community is the greatest witness for Christ in the world. When God’s presence is felt and when the message is understandable it will attract unbelieves all throughout Suffolk and tidewater.
- A service geared to evangelism (refer to the heart of God) is meant to supplement personal evangelism, not replace it. I have learned two truths about evangelism. Christians witness better when they know they have a church that backs up their actions. I also have seen people make a decision for Christ quicker in a large group.
- It takes an unselfish mature believers to offer an evangelistic worship service. This is important. Paul put it this way, “We would put up with anything in order not to hinder the Good News of Christ in any way” (1 Cor. 9:12b GW).
Author Rick Warren notes, A church that isn’t willing to make sacrifices so that non-believers can hear the gospel is immature. Jesus said this: “Your attitude must be like my own, for I, the Messiah, did not come to be served, but to serve and to give my life” (Matt. 20:28 LB). Unselfishness must permeate our hearts so we can help the unchurched discover a fulfilling life in Jesus.