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First Baptist Church of Avon Park

The Goal and Meaning of Public Worship

Our aim, as the congregation gathers to meet with God in public worship on the Lord’s Day, is to glorify and enjoy God, in accordance with His written word. That is, the very purpose of assembling together as the people of God in congregational worship is to give to the Lord the glory due His name and to enjoy the blessing of His promised special presence with His own people, in obedience to His instructions set forth in the Bible.

The Meaning of Corporate Worship
Corporate worship is sometimes referred to as “gathered,” “assembled,” “public,” or “congregational” worship. All of these names are helpful, and bring out different dimensions of this important aspect of biblical worship.

Though the Bible indicates that there are, in addition to public worship, other distinct and significant facets of Christian worship (like family worship, private worship and life worship), the importance of public worship is featured in both the Old and New Testaments. When Psalm 100:2 and Hebrews 10:25 speak of “coming before the Lord” and “assembling together” they are both addressing public or gathered worship.

Our Distinctives in Corporate Worship
The great distinctive of our whole approach to public worship is that we aim for the form and substance of our corporate worship to be suffused with Scripture and scriptural theology. An apt motto for this approach is:

  • Read the Bible
  • Preach the Bible
  • Pray the Bible
  • Sing the Bible
  • See the Bible

The Elements, Forms, and Circumstances of Worship are determined by the Scriptures alone.
Determining that the Bible will guide our worship helps the church ensure that: the elements of worship (like singing, praying, reading Scripture, preaching, ordinances/saraments, confessing the faith and giving offerings) are positively grounded in Scripture.

Elements of Worship at First Baptist Church

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    Avon Park, FL 33825
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