Our Worship Core Values
Autumn Ridge Church has several different styles of worship, all driven by a central set of worship core values. These values help us to incorporate the rich heritage of Christian worship we have inherited and share the gospel in a relevant way with our contemporary culture.
Our worship is evangelical.
The gospel is content of our worship. Each style of worship is focused on retelling and reenacting the gospel, the story of salvation through Jesus Christ. The story is retold in ancient creeds and prayers, psalms, hymns and contemporary worship song and reenacted through baptism and Communion. Like Paul, we are not ashamed of the gospel, for it is ďThe power of God for salvation to everyone who believesĒ (Rom 1:16). The gospel is good news, so our worship is a celebration of Godís grace.
Our worship is biblical.
Our worship is saturated with and guided by scripture. The Bible is Godís Word to us, so we sing scripture, pray scripture and read scripture. Scripture reveals a God who desires to communicate with his people. We believe that worship is a conversation where God speaks to us through his Word we respond to Him in prayer and praise.
Our worship is redemptive.
We celebrate the power of God to rescue and save mankind. Redemptive worship recognizes that God desires to be reconciled with mankind and that He took the initiative to redeem us, purchasing our salvation by the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus. The cross is the central feature of redemptive worship and redemptive worship is characterized by gratitude and hope.
Our worship is Trinitarian.
Our worship recognizes the distinctive nature of the holy, triune God who exists eternally as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Our worship celebrates the sovereign reign of the Father, the atoning work of the Son and the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit.
Our worship is liturgical.
Liturgical simply means that congregational participation is our highest priority. Neither an audience that gathers to listen nor spectators that gather to watch, a congregation gathers in the name of Christ to act. Our activity in worship reminds us of the activity of God in our world and calls us to participate in his saving work.
Our worship is God-honoring.
Itís not fundamentally about our likes or dislikes and it doesnít exist for the sake of evangelism (even though God-honoring worship is the most effective evangelism). God-honoring worship is all about God, who He is and what He has done. It celebrates Godís transcendence, his exalted majesty, as well as His immanence, his nearness. Worship is an act of spiritual formation, so it is vital that we worship God as he reveals himself both in the Bible and through His Son.