Order of Worship
God is a God of order, not confusion. Therefore we structure our services in an orderly, liturgical way. He calls us and we respond. He calls us to worship. He calls us to confess our sins. He calls us to sing His praises, affirm our faith in Him, bring our financial gifts to Him, open His word, and gather around His table. He initiates and we respond, just as in the gospel we love Him because He first loved us.
This is not meant to stifle creativity or spontaneity. Indeed we always want to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit in our corporate gatherings. Our liturgy is a fresh liturgy so that we never approach God in a robotic fashion and merely “go through the motions.”
The purpose of worship is to give glory to God for the unspeakable gift of His Son. As we design our services we are not, first and foremost, striving to reach the lost, appeal to one particular generation, or manipulate church growth. The gospel needs no help! Rather, our first purpose is to exalt the living God, acknowledge His worthiness, proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ, and be “lost in wonder, love, and praise” of Him.
Dr. David Lawrence, our Scholar -in-Residence provides a historical explanation
of the liturgical practice of the Benediction.