SGC auditorium - people singing and worshiping

When someone asks, "What is the worship like at your church?" they often mean the musical style and basic feel of a certain portion of your Sunday service. The truth is, that is only a sliver of what is our "worship." All of life is meant to be worship. Every moment, situation, and relationship is meant to be a proclamation that our God surpasses all things in his glory. Paul says we that our "spiritual service of worship" is how we present our bodies "a living and holy sacrifice," not upon some fiery altar, but in the living of a life of obedience in response to "the mercies of God" (Rom. 12:1).

But within a life of worship, our Sunday service represents the high point of our worship. We also believe that the gathering of the saints to worship their God is a command in Scripture (Heb. 10:25; cf. Acts 2:41ff.), and one of the central means of grace in the Christian life. When we gather, God is glorified, Christians are built up, and the lost hear the gospel in a variety of ways.

Our Sunday meetings include reading and preaching the Bible, typically through expositional sermons (2 Tim. 3:16-4:2); corporate and individual prayers (Neh. 9; 1 Tim. 2:1-2, 8); singing and spiritual gifts, especially prophecy (1 Cor. 12, 14; Eph. 5:18-21; Ps. 150); collecting tithes and offerings (Mal. 3:10; 1 Cor. 16:1-3; 2 Cor. 8-9); and the Lord's Supper (1 Cor. 11:17-30). There are other things that we do as well, though they happen less frequently: baptisms, professions of faith (Rom 10:9-10; Matt. 28:16-20), and the ordination of elders and deacons (Acts 6:1-7; 1 Tim. 4:14).

Sunday worship generally lasts about two hours, with the first half-hour devoted to singing and (spontaneous) spiritual gifts. Our music is a mixture of traditional hymns and modern songs from the Sovereign Grace Churches and songwriters like Matt RedmanChris TomlinHillsongMatt MaherMatt Boswell, and many others. The band on a given Sunday will typically have drums, piano/keys, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, vocalists, and sometimes we'll throw in djembe and the cajon, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, violin, or a choir.

After a time for the offering and announcements, we'll spend 45-55 minutes listening to the Bible preached from a given passage. Most often we're working through a book or section of the Bible, but regularly we take a sermon to give to a particular topic of importance to us. You can listen to our sermons online.

If you have questions about Sunday meetings, especially as it concerns some aspect of our worship, do not hesitate to contact the pastors.