Worshiping as a Community
by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
We live in an age of “self-made” people. There is a certain pride in “going it alone,” “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps,” or “making it on your own.”
While independence and some self-reliance is essential in the development of human beings, God also made us with the need for community, or being with another group of people. As we carry this mindset to worship, we have all heard the “I worship God on my own, in my own way, or I don’t really need to be a part of an organized church.” (Lord knows there are plenty of disorganized ones!)
The Scriptures clearly teach that, while we can and certainly should worship God as individuals, there is a special significance that happens “when two or three” gather in His name. The Lord is present in a communal way. After all, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were in community before the beginning of time!
As we worship, God affirms His presence in our midst in our hearts. Faith is communal because it introduces us into the larger picture of what it means to be “in Christ.” Being “in Christ” is about being a member of the Body of Christ, being connected to the whole. A body with only fingers is not a body. Faith, expressed only individually, does not represent the Body of Christ.
We look forward to being together again this coming Lord's Day.