And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27, ESV
Human beings are born worshippers. Worship is the honouring, adoring and glorifying of anything, and whatever becomes the ultimate object of our affections is something that we worship.
Gospel-centred worship is the honouring of God in response to who He is, what He has done and what He promises He will do, expressed in our thoughts, words and actions. We worship God in and as Trinity: the Father who freely chose us in Jesus and set His affections upon us in eternity past, Jesus who is God the Son who died in our place, and the Spirit who draws us and seals us (see especially Ephesians 1).
Gospel-centered worship happens in our day-to-day lives and is lived out in community. We also use our weekly Sunday gatherings to encourage one another for lives of gospel-centred worship: at our Sunday gatherings we worship God by meditating on the gospel through the reading and preaching of the Bible, singing, praying and celebrating the ordinances of baptism and communion.
For more Bible passages which explain worship, see: 1 Corinthians 10:31, Psalm 145:1-21, Isaiah 43:6-7, and Colossians 3:1-17.
If you would like to learn more about how human beings were made to worship, we encourage you to read:
- Tim Keller, Counterfeit gods : the empty promises of money, sex, and power, and the only hope that matters (Available at the Winnipeg Public Library)