- Phone: (813) 362-3573
- Meeting Address:
Lightfoot Rec Center, 10901 N 56th St, Temple Terrace, FL
- Sunday Worship: 10:30 AM
- Sunday Prayer: 6:00 PM
Our prayer for worship is to see John 4:24 taking place in our midst: God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. Therefore, we prayerfully rely upon the presence and power of Holy Spirit who alone enables the worship of the Triune God and we worship according to the Holy Scriptures. We are aware of the grave danger of Matthew 15:8 This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. May our hearts not be found far from God even as we go to church week in and week out. Thus, these implications follow:
First, fostering a heart of worship means giving consideration to the attitude and spirit in which the scriptures call us to come. Reverence and awe, or the fear of the Lord is explicitly emphasized: let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:28-29) There must be nothing trite, casual, or glib about coming into God’s holy presence. At the same time, the scriptural call is “make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!” There is no contradiction between reverence and joy. We have been redeemed and have the highest reasons in heaven and earth to be glad!
Second, there could not be a stronger exhortation than Paul’s words to Timothy: I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word… (2 Timothy 4:1-2). If worship is to be in “spirit” and “truth,” the scriptures must be central. The Protestant Reformation recognized this fact and restored the preaching of God’s word to the central place in the life of the church. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. (John 17:17). Thus we prioritize the preaching and teaching of the word of God.
Third, a survey of the book of Acts would show that every significant advance of the New Testament church was preceded by prayer; the early church was devoted to it (Acts 2:42). Thus we are intentional in our worship service to earnestly pray, and we come back together on Sunday nights to pray corporately.
Fourth, our approach is one of outward simplicity, emphasizing those elements of worship which God has instituted. Often the “commandments of men” crowd out what God himself has appointed for worship. We have no desire to be innovative, but rather to follow the true and faithful guide for worship: the Holy Scripture. There we find a regular pattern in the New Testament of the church gathering on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7) for the purpose of reading, preaching, and teaching Scripture (1 Tim 4:13, 2 Tim 4:2), singing praise to God (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16), observing the sacraments of baptism (Matthew 28:18-20) and the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11), praying (Acts 2:42), collecting offerings (1 Corinthians 16:2) and encouraging one another (Hebrews 10:25). These are the basic elements of scriptures, and these are our emphasis.
Fifth, we are commanded to sing our praises to God with “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” (Ephesians 5:19). When we do so we “teach one another” and cause the word of God to dwell in us richly (Colossians 3:16). We do not come to church to listen to others praise God, but to praise him with our own lips. We enjoy God’s gift of instrument, but hold that instrumental accompaniment should never conceal or hinder the singing of our congregation. We seek to choose songs that are full of rich Biblical content and have poetic richness and musical beauty that is able to communicate something of the weight of our theology: from exuberant joy in salvation to sorrow for sin, from the heights of God’s majesty to the depths of his love.