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Sundays • Online at 9am & On-Campus at 11am
At Calvary Nexus, our goal is to love God and live His word. Because of this, we spend the majority of our church services studying the word of God together. Although we will occasionally have a topical series, one of our teaching pastors will generally be teaching through a book of the Bible chapter by chapter and verse by verse. Additionally, we spend 25+ minutes worshiping the Lord through song in a contemporary style. Come as you are to any of our services to join us as we seek to be transformed as a community to love God and live His word.
The Importance of Corporate Worship
Ever since the beginning of the church age, Christians have been gathering on Sundays (Acts 20:7) for the preaching of the Word, prayer, fellowship, and communion (Acts 2:42). This has been the commitment of Christians throughout the ages. But we live in a different time, where many of those who profess Christ believe regular church attendance is not really necessary, nor very profitable. For this and many other reasons, we have seen church attendance in America steadily declining for many years.
But I am fully convinced that God’s design for corporate worship is far more amazing and glorious than any of us can fully comprehend. So we need to consider: why is corporate worship so important? Is regular church attendance really that essential to my relationship with God?
In 1 Corinthians 11:18 we read instructions for “when you come together as a church,” revealing that this gathering is unique (“as a church”) and not just the same thing as a few Christians hanging out and talking about spiritual things. In Hebrews 10:25 we are commanded not to neglect meeting together (literally, “do not forsake the assembly of yourselves”). The Greek word for “meeting together” refers to the formal gathering of God’s people for worship, not just a few Christians listening to a sermon podcast together. It’s significant that these Hebrew believers were under the threat of persecution and publicly attending a church gathering put a target on their chest. Yet they are still commanded to gather because the benefits outweigh any threats.
But can’t we worship anytime? And shouldn’t we worship all the time? Yes, our entire lives are to be worship unto the Lord (Romans 12:1). But there is wisdom in what Theodore Roosevelt once said: “You may worship God anywhere, at any time, but the chances are that you will not do so unless you have first learned to worship Him somewhere in some particular place, at some particular time.” And what’s unique about the church’s weekly gathering is not that it’s the time when we worship, but that it’s the time when we build each other up by worshiping God together. This is irreplaceable in the life of the believer. Paul Tripp said “Corporate worship is designed to lure you away from your little kingdom of one and enthrall you again with God’s kingdom of glory and grace.” And I have found that joy and passion for God are contagious. The fire burns hot on a big pile of wood, but when a stick is separated, it is not long before that individual flame goes out. Likewise, regular attendance fans the flame and helps keep us from backsliding and apostasy (forsaking the faith). This is a blessing of having a church family that we don’t often consider.
Ultimately, it’s the place where, when we are committed, we will grow more and more in the grace and knowledge of our Lord (2 Peter 3:18). No other gathering is like the church, where we meet with God as one family, to hear His Word, partake of His sacraments, offer Him our prayers and praise, give our offerings, confess our sins, and receive assurance of His grace and love. And the biggest blessing of all in corporate worship, is that God dwells with us by His manifest Presence, revealing Himself in our gathering in a special way, and that’s not something we ever want to miss.