This introduction to our worship at New Life Burbank has been written with the hopes that those who join us each Sunday will find their greatest joy and deepest delight in worshipping the risen and living Savior.
God created man to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever, and we believe that this is done in a very special way at each Sunday worship service. We acknowledge that the Lord should be glorified every day and in every thing. At the same time, the strength of our individual devotion flows from the corporate life that we share in Christ, especially as we worship together as a church on the day that the Lord has set apart. Therefore, our goal is to worship the living God on the Lord’s Day in a manner that demonstrates that it is the most important and central activity that we do as individuals and as a church.
We make no claims on having exclusive knowledge about the subject of worship, nor do we presume that our “worship style” is the only correct way. There are many churches that honor the Lord with sincere and biblical worship that look and feel different from ours. But we do humbly and sincerely believe that the way that we worship is among one of the ways that is acceptable and pleasing to the Lord.
We affirm that we are not in the “business” of entertaining an audience; rather, we are worshipping our Creator and Redeemer, for the edification and joy of God’s people. For this reason, every part and portion of our Lord’s Day worship have been carefully thought through and prayed about. It is our earnest desire to cultivate reverence, joy, and intimacy with God in the hearts of those who worship.
There are four principles that have shaped our approach to the Lord’s Day worship.
The first is the Regulative Principle. This simply means that God regulates what we do in worship. The church must never forget that worship is for God, and that He reveals through His Word what He wants us to do in worship. So we do in worship only those things which we know the Bible explicitly commands or implicitly approves. Rather than limiting our expression, we believe that the Regulative Principle gives us confidence and freedom to worship God in the way that we know is pleasing to Him.
The second is the gospel logic of worship. We believe that the worship service is a “re-presentation” of the gospel to the community that was formed by the gospel and for the gospel. Therefore, the movement of the worship service follows and reflects the basic movement of the gospel –God’s greatness, our guilt, God’s grace, and our gratitude.
The third is the dialogical rhythm of worship. We believe that God speaks to us every Sunday, and that we have the privilege of responding to Him. In worship, we are engaged in a holy conversation with God. Throughout the Scriptures, it was God who first spoke and acted, and it was God who then called His people to react and to respond accordingly. This back and forth movement will be reflected in the order of our worship: as God speaks, and as we listen and respond to God.
The fourth is the covenantal nature of worship. We believe that the Lord welcomes covenant children to Himself, even in worship. Therefore, we welcome and include them in our worship services. We desire that families worship the Lord together, as much as possible. We believe that covenant children learn most by watching and imitating their believing parents, and one of the most important things that parents can teach and model for their children is the regular and weekly act of worshipping the Lord with reverence, joy, and sincerity.