Worship is simply giving worth to God. The Psalmist writes in Psalm 96:4-9, “For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength! Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts! Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!” Therefore, He is worthy to receive all our praise. And we remember that it is God who enables us to worship Him properly. John writes in John 4:24, “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
We gather each week on Sunday mornings with a desire to worship God, as the writer of Hebrews writes in Hebrews 12:28, “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe”.
The root meaning of fellowship (koinonia) means “to have things in common with others.” As believers, our common ground is that we are all sinners saved by the grace of God through the sacrificial atonement of Jesus Christ. So, fellowship is essentially the sharing of that common bond through faith in Jesus Christ with the goal of mutual edification. Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
Our desire at Grace Bible Church is to pursue true fellowship as the writer of Hebrews writes in Hebrews 10:24-25, “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.”
Jesus gave what has been called the “great commission” in Matthew 28:19-20 stating, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Discipleship is simply teaching others how to follow Christ through instruction and example. Paul writes in 2 Timothy 2:1-2, “You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” The goal of discipleship is maturity as Paul writes in Colossians 1:28, “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”
Our desire at Grace Bible Church is to foster discipleship relationships within our families and within our church. Some of the avenues that we accomplish this are through counseling and our small group Bible studies.
Evangelism is simply the proclamation of the truth of the Gospel message. It is a privilege and a command from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to proclaim His truth. Jesus gave us the great commission and we read in Acts 10:42-43, “And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
It is our desire at Grace Bible Church to not only grow personally in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, but also to have a focus on evangelism. It is out goal to live out the truth of 2 Corinthians 4:13-15, “Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.”