But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. (John 4:23-24).
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25).
Our worship may be different than what you are used to, especially if you are not used to worshiping at all!
Some would call our worship a “blended service”. We prefer to simply call it a worship service. We try very hard to be real, to be authentic – we are not about trying to put on a good show. The Pastor also believes that it’s a sin for the preacher to be boring!
We are multi-generational! We have some very young people and some very old people who worship together, side-by-side in the pews. We have decided to be intentionally co-operative in aiding one another’s worship.
Music, sadly, has been a divisive point in many churches. Our church is no exception but we have come to an understanding with one another. To put it simply (and in the vernacular) we have come to realize that “It ain’t about us!”
So we sing some very old hymns and some very new hymns and spiritual songs. We also sing from the Psalter (the book of Psalms written in meter and sung). We have decided to agree with Kevin Twit and get used to singing some songs from time-to-time that some of us don’t like. BUT – every song we sing will be God-honoring and God-exalting. Again, “It ain’t about us!”
We strongly believe in exegetically preaching through books of the Bible. The sermons you hear will come straight from the Word of God. The preacher simply attempts to give the true surgeon (the Holy Spirit) the cleanest tools possible (quoted from Sinclair Ferguson).
We pray the Bible, sing the Bible, preach the Bible and read the Bible. It is our only infallible rule for faith and practice.
We also worship assuming that newbies are present. We are always in prayer that new people will come in to our worship services. Many of these people have never been in a church before and don’t know a pew from a narthex or an infralapsarian from a supralapsarian. I know, hard to believe but some people just haven’t learned to speak good Christianese yet. So we certainly don’t talk down to anyone (we’re not smart enough to do that) but we do try to communicate in words that are common to our culture even outside of the church.
As has been overly repeated here, “It ain’t about us.” In a worship service, it is easy to see yourself as a spectator, but we are all participants. The audience is God Himself, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
We love to worship together. And, truth be known, God blesses us more than we could ever imagine as we offer Him our worship. God is so good. He loves us. He likes us. He fellowships with us. And best of all, He changes us when we aren’t looking.
If you get to know us you will find that some of us are funny and some of us just think that we are. Some of us are extremely encouraging and some of us are extremely judgmental. Some of us will give you the shirt off our back and some of us will talk about your shirt behind your back. And (can we talk?) most of us do all of those things from time-to-time. Hopefully you’ll find that we’re just like you, sometimes amazing and sometimes a mess.
But there is one thing that binds us together at Second Street, a love for Christ our Savior, Jesus. We call Him “Savior” because we know that if we stand on our own before the righteous and holy God on Judgment Day that we will be condemned to Hell forever. I know that sounds harsh, but if it’s true (and we believe with all of our heart that it is) then we have an obligation to warn others of what is ahead.
Jesus died on the cross in the place of those who would believe in Him and trust that He completely paid the penalty that we had coming to us for our sin. We have recognized that our sin is shameful and awful. But we have also recognized that God is full of mercy and grace in Christ Jesus. We worship because we have agreed with God that our sin deserves His wrath and because we are trusting only in the work of Christ on our behalf for our salvation.
We hope you will visit with us and if you haven’t yet met Jesus, we hope we can introduce Him to you.