Worship as response
Worship, as one author has put it, is “the rhythm of revelation and response.” As God reveals truth about Himself in His Word and in His world, we are called to respond appropriately. At times this response is expressed through adoration of and praise to God in singing. Yet true worship will eventually manifest itself in the submission of our whole selves to God. The more the people of God understand the truth about God, especially as it is revealed in the redemptive plan of the Gospel, the more their lives will be wholeheartedly committed to Him.
You’ll notice that our services are filled with God’s Word. We listen to and read Scripture together, and our songs are based on the truths of the Bible. Our sermons are ordinarily expository which means the main meaning of the Bible passage is the main meaning of the sermon. While we hear from God through His Word, we also commune with Him in prayer. In God’s Word, we find truth and life. As a Christian community we express our hearts to our King in praise, confession, and adoration. Though we do not follow a strict liturgy each week, we strive to weave the sermon and music together so that the service is a unified whole in which the glorious truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ are communicated.
Our worship at Highlands is primarily vertical—that is, directed towards God. God calls us to praise and adore Him. As worshipers of a great and glorious God we want to feel deeply, yet we know our feelings are not ultimate. Spreading the fame and glory of God is. Another aspect of worship is when the body of Christ exhorts one another through worship. At times our singing and praying conveys our affirmation of truth together, while at other times we admonish one another to live in a way pleasing to God. Sometime we cast our burdens on the Lord through songs patterned after the Psalms. As you worship with us in singing, praying, giving, and listening, we hope you’ll gain a taste of heaven, when those from every tribe, tongue, and nation will gather around God’s throne (Revelation 7).