At Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni we glorify God and enjoy Him together. And so, our 9:30am Sunday morning service includes Bible reading, praying, giving, preaching, communion and joy-filled singing; as a God-glorifying act of worship our members give proportionally, anonymously, cheerfully and sacrificially; we share prayer requests weekly, have a Sunday Morning Prayer Ministry and our elders lead corporate prayers on Sundays; and we do good to all men, especially to them who are of the household of faith, by distributing food and clothing.
What Fervent Worship Looked Like Last Year
“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16).
Consider Colossians 3:16 for a moment. Can you see the link between Biblical admonishment and teaching with singing? Did you know singing is a form of teaching and admonishment? Observe the entire musical repertoire: psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Singing with thankfulness is prescriptive. As a church, we must ensure that our singing is God glorifying and Christ exalting; at the same time incorporating Biblical truth. Thankfulness in our hearts to God is centred around the gospel and we must appreciate that our worship is only acceptable through the work of the cross.
Where to from here?
Corporate Worship: Continue to grow in our understanding and application of Colossians 3:16. Sound Team: Radical growth. Band: Continue the journey through the book “Worship Matters”; and refine our song repertoire with some amazing new songs! Worship as a lifestyle: Continue to mature in this area. Mercy Ministry: Become more intentional taking care of holistic needs. Duty Roster: We have separate pools for preaching, leading communion and leading corporate prayer and so 7 additional men have opportunity to visibly lead. Giving: Praise the Lord for the strong growth in giving and careful stewardship of our funds!