I LOVE our time of congregational worship at Grace Bible. I sit on the front row so I can sing LOUD and not hurt anyone’s ears 🙂 AND, I can hear the beautiful voices of our church family, singing together behind me. It’s GLORIOUS. Our worship leader, Byron Baird, does a great job of leading us in songs that are gospel-centered and congregational. Byron, as well as the rest of our praise team are talented people, but they’re not the focus, Christ is. The result, is a reflection of what we see in Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Congregational worship is a way of expressing the worth of Christ together. That’s why each Sunday, we come together, and sing like we can’t live without Him! As you know, at Grace Bible, God has assembled a group of flawed people, who are desperate for Jesus. We are keenly aware of our NEED Jesus Christ. No man made religion will do. We’re over, and passed going through the motions and jumping through hoops to give the appearance of being “good church people”. We’re learning more and more that all of our efforts are just that, our efforts. We’ve seen the mess we make of life when we mistakenly think we’re in charge. So we’re not interested in what we can do, but we are increasingly consumed with seeing what Christ can do. I know these things about our church, not just because I am the pastor, but because I am a part of our church. I’m desperate too. Redeemed and being redeemed. Saved by grace alone. Walking in His mercy. Learning His truth.
I wanted to give you all a chance to familiarize yourself with a song that is a HUGE dose of encouragement for a people who are desperate for Jesus Christ. Listen to the lyrics of the song as it reminds us of all that’s afforded to us in Christ Jesus…and check out the last few words “Come just as you are, to His table.” That’s us Grace Bible, “come as you are!” Grace Bible, I look forward to us singing this song together, soon!