What can I expect in The Worship Celebration?
The Worship Celebration is our Sunday morning time of worship. It begins at approimately 10:35 AM. The main elements of The Worship Celebration are the following:
- Welcome & Announcements – a member of the church leadership team will welcome everyone and give brief reminders of upcoming events.
- Music – a mix of traditional hymns and contemporary praise and worship style songs are used.
- Scripture Reading – the Scriptures are the focal point of The Worship Celebration. the Scriptures will be read publicly by individuals, the congregation or responsively.
- Preaching – Practical Bible messages are given for the purpose of deepening the believer’s understanding God and life.
- Personal Response – God’s Word always demands a response. The Bible message is always concluded with a quiet time of response. During this time the Pastor will call for individuals to respond to God with a specific challenege.
- Offering – An act of worship is to respond to God through the giving of Tithes and Offerings. While our guests are free to give if they choose, they are not expected to give.
- Small Talk – About five minutes is dedicated to gathering children ages 11 and under to the front for a small Bible Devotion before being dismissed to Children’s Church. A member of the church teaching staff will give the devotion.
What is a time of response?
Some churches use an altar call at the end of the pastor’s sermon. It is a time in which people are invited to come to the altar for prayer. In most cases, it is used to persuade people to come to Christ by coming to the altar. We do not adhere to this practice in the traditional sense. We use a time of response in which the pastor will give specific responses that can be made to the sermon but does not require a person to come to an altar to make that response.
The following is Pastor Paul’s reasoning for using this method:
- I believe in the sufficiency of the Scriptures to produce conviction in a person’s heart without the use of human persuasion.
- I believe that public altar calls tend to produce an inspection of others rather than an inspection of our own hearts.
- I believe that it is our ministry to rightly preach the Scriptures and then allow the Holy Spirit to work in the life of an individual to bring about repentance.
- I believe that a quiet time of reflections helps to remove other distractions produced by the movement of the mucisians, and the music during our time of response.
- I believe the use of an altar call produces an emphasis on numbers for reporting rather than the production of true followers of Christ.
For furhter reading, Aaron Menikoff has written an article for the 9 Marks Ministry that gives sound argument for not using a traditional altar call. Evangelism without an Altar Call
Do I fit here?
We have people of all ages, interest, problems, and backgrounds. With some of these people you will have much in common. You will be able to meet these people and relate with them as you follow the Lord together. You will be accepted and loved.
Does anyone want to know me?
There are many people in the congregation who wants to get to know you better and spend time with you. Through special retreats, dinners, outings, activities, and fellowships you will meet many friends.
What are the advantages of joining the Westerville Church?
- You have a spiritual family to support and encourage you in your walk with Christ. The church is a place where you will be loved and cared for. Your “longing for belonging” can be met here at Westerville Free Will Baptist Church.
(Galatians 6:1, 2; Hebrews 10:24, 25)
- You have a place to discover and use your gifts in ministry.
(I Corinthians 12:4-27)
- You are placed under the spiritual protection of godly leaders.
(Hebrews 13:17; Acts 20:28, 29)
- You will be involved in worship. This helps you focus on God and prepare for the upcoming week.
- You will be involved in discipleship. This will help fortify your faith by applying Biblical principles to your lifestyle.
- You will be involved in evangelism. This helps fulfill your mission of reaching your friends and family for Christ.
What are the church values?
Proclamation of God’s Word – We are committed to the preaching and teaching of sound doctrine.
Worship – We are committed to developing followers of Jesus who understand that worship is a lifestyle that brings glory to God.
Stewardship – We are committed to using the money, time and talents that God has blessed us with for His glory.
The Body of Christ – We are committed to the health of the church body by extending mercy, grace, love, forgiveness, and acceptance with accountability.
Discipleship – We are committed to teaching and training followers of Jesus to become more like Him in every aspect of their lives.
The Family – We are committed to strengthening families within our own congregation and in the community at large. The strength is the strength of our community.