The Crossing’s Second Core Value

A “core value” is that which is of central or essential importance. So when we say something is a Core Value at The Crossing, we’re saying that this is of central importance to who we are and what we do as a church community. We’re saying that we believe this is so essential to everything God has called us to do and be, that unless we succeed in this area, we will in large measure fail as a church. That’s a Core Value.

And since before we even had our first worship service as a new church 11 years ago, we have always had six Core Values that we’ve held as central and essential to accomplishing our mission of moving the hearts and minds of more and more people to believe the gospel more and more by treasuring all that God is for us in Christ. I discussed that mission in greater detail here.

Our First Core Value at The Crossing is the Transforming Power of Scripture, which I covered in my previous blog post here.

Today I’ll explain our Second Core Value. This is what we wrote about that 11 years ago before we started The Crossing.

Core Value #2—
God-centered, Christ-centered, Word-centered, Community-centered Worship

We learn from the Bible that this is the kind of worship service that mediates the presence of God in the midst of his people. Worship is the right response to whom God has revealed himself to be. Our passion is that our church would experience the power and presence of our holy and gracious God in the context of genuine worship. We therefore seek to develop a worship service that is God-centered, participatory, and challenging to the worshipper in the totality of their being. We seek for our worship service to be both an offering before God and a witness to others of His glory (see 1 Cor 14:23-25), as well as involving the worshipper in a genuine, authentic worship experience.

All of life is worship. It is either rightly focused worship or it’s misdirected and disordered worship. But every human being always worships—is always worshiping. Always.

All our relational, emotional, behavioral, spiritual and functional problems in our lives are the result of our misdirected and disordered worship. We all have a worship problem that is the root of all of our problems. All sin is the effect of a worship problem. This is exactly what Romans 1:18-32 teaches. In numerous dysfunctional ways we all exchange the worship of the glorious Creator for the debasing worship of lesser, created things. And the result is greed and lust and pride and jealousy and addiction and hatred and anger and violence and worry and you name it.

As pastor and author Tim Keller says it, when you turn away from the Creator in your worship, you unleash de-creation, disintegration, and chaos in your life. That’s what Romans 1:18-32 teaches. In fact, that’s what the whole Bible teaches.

That’s why the only way to reorder our disordered lives is by reordering our disordered worship—redirecting our misdirected worship. If the first and foremost cause of all our problems is misdirected worship, then the first and foremost answer to all our problems is redirected worship to its true object—God.

True worship comforts and encourages us in our struggles and joys, but it also confronts and engages the many ways that our unbelief in all that God is for us in Christ substitutes our worship of our Creator for the disordered worship of lesser, created things. These lesser things, created things, even if good things, always disorder our lives to the degree that they replace our desire and love for God. That’s what all sin is. That’s what all dysfunction is. That’s what all brokenness is.

That’s why ultimate healing always comes from true worship. Our own personal steps toward healing always must begin with true worship. This is why God lovingly and mercifully invites us to gather together in the community of his people in God-centered, Christ-centered, Word-centered, community-centered, Spirit-filled worship.

There is something mysteriously powerful when we gather in the assembly of God’s redeemed people in true worship. Worship that is filled with the Spirit of God is worship that is filled with the Word of God, is centered upon all that God is for us in Christ, and engages the hearts and minds and bodies of the community of believers.

A Spirit-filled worship service is both intelligible and mysterious. We want our worship services to reflect both God’s immanent presence and his mysterious transcendence. He is both a God of comfort and a God of discomfort. A God who had revealed himself and a God who hides himself. A God that is to be both trusted and feared. As has often been said, we want our worship services to comfort the uncomfortable and make uncomfortable the comfortable.

That’s our Second Core Value at The Crossing. To read my next blog on our Third Core Value, click here.

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