Worship at CrossPointe can be summed up in the following words:We approach the Lord with reverence because the Bible tells us something of His transcendent majesty. He is a "consuming fire" (Heb. 12:29) and should be worshiped with awe that our Sovereign Lord would allow sinners to approach his throne. Scripture is full of examples of humans trying to invent novel ways of worship with catastrophic effect. (Lev. 10:1ff) We want to come into His presence in ways that He prescribes. Because of that commitment, we really do not try to be novel in our order of worship. We are purposefully ordinary in the way that we plan our service. Our typical Sunday gathering includes prayers, a confession of faith, the public reading of Scripture, corporate singing, and, of course, the preaching of God’s Word. We also regularly come to the Lord’s Table and rejoice in the baptism of new believers.
Our worship is both older in its order and newer in some of its expressions. We love older hymns by Watts and Wesley, Toplady and Newton. We also sing songs by newer hymn writers like the Gettys, Townend, and others. Indeed, we often sing older lyrics set to newer music. We try not to judge the quality of our songs by chronology but rather by their faithfulness to God’s self-revelation.
Biblical worship engages the head and the heart. We want to express emotions in response to the objective truth of the gospel. We have no interest in emotions for emotions' sake. Further, we think that those emotions should reflect our whole experience as Christians. The psalmists, for instance, express such varied emotions as joy, sorrow, grief, and lament. True worship not only extols the character of God but also rejoices in comfort and assurance. It will focus our attention on who God is as well as the experience of the believer. Worship includes both the lofty exploration of God's infinite being (Col. 1:15-20) and the simple expressions of Christian belief. (1 Cor. 12:3)
Finally, we worship corporately. The musicians are only on the platform to aid in the congregation’s singing. They are not performers and the congregation is not the audience. We want to hear the whole church singing, praying and confessing. We all want to listen intently to the reading and preaching of the Word. We are not passive spectators but active participants. Our goal is never to entertain but rather praise the One who, at the cost of His own life, is worthy of all honor. (Rev. 4:9-11)