OUR HIGHEST PRIORITY - WORSHIP
"Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God acceptable worship with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire" (Hebrews 12:29) At First Baptist Irondale we believe that worship is our priority as redeemed human beings. Therefore, we strive to maintain a joyful, celebrative and exciting worship within a reverent atmosphere of corporate worship.
OUR PATTERN FOR WORSHIP
At The Church at GrantsMill we believe that the Word of God is central to all that we do. Therefore, we believe that the Bible is the sufficient guide for our corporate worship, as well as our individual lives. The basic assumption, derived from Scripture, is that God alone determines how He ought to be worshiped. What this means in practice is that we seek to do in worship only that which is warranted in God's Word, recognizing the fundamental difference between the essentials of worship and the circumstances of worship. As a result, we believe in the beauty and simplicity of New Covenant worship (John 4:21 -24; Philippians 3:3). Our worship services are comprised of the reading of God's Word (1 Timothy 4:13 ), the singing of God's praises (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16), the offering of our prayers and supplications (1 Timothy 2:8) and the preaching of God's Word (2 Timothy 4:1-4). We also observe the Lord's Supper and water baptism, as ordinances which have been given to the church (Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23 -32).
WHAT GOD HEARS FROM US:
OUR PERSPECTIVE ON WORSHIP MUSIC
We believe that the discription today between "traditional" and "contemporary" worship is not the best approach. There was a time when the music of Isaac Watts was contemporary worship music! The real issues are whether or not the songs are God-centered and exalting, doctrinally sound, have appropriate melodies and are generally singable by the congregation. The biblical principle does not compel us to adopt one "style" over another; rather it compels us to judge all things by the Word of God. We always want the music to be well done and beautiful, whether simple or complex, and that it functions as the servant for the congregation. The music also should provide a background for preparation and meditation, as it leads us to the hearing of the Word of God.
WHAT WE HEAR FROM GOD -
OUR PERSPECTIVE ON PREACHING
We believe that God-breathed Scripture is what brings life and faith
(Romans 10:14 -17; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23-25). The Scriptures are also what sanctifies and sustains life and faith (John 17:17; 1 Thessslonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Psalm 119). Therefore, we must preach the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27; 1 Corinthians 1:17 - 2:5; 2 Timothy 4:1-4). We believe that the main, although not exclusive, diet of God's people should be consecutive, expository preaching, through a book or a unit of God's inspired Word. There are times when we deal with things doctrinally, topically, etc., but even then, we are subject to the Word of God and sound exegesis and exposition.