What should I expect?
Let’s just say you’re visiting New Life Community for the first time. What kind of experience might you expect?
1. Our hope and prayer is that you will sense the presence of God among us. We are serious about Him meeting with us, and us with Him, because the Bible says that there is joy to be found in God’s presence. So come expecting to be changed, to have your heart warmed toward Him, and for your faith to get a timely tuneup.
2. Our worship is corporate. The worship doesn’t happen up front, but in the congregation. We are not spectators, but participants. That means that we come not to just receive, but to give as well. We sing with gusto, we pray, we join in the offering, we greet, and we say “yes” to God.
3. Our worship is both head and heart. It’s like a dance. First, we inform our minds about who God is, so that what comes out of our mouths is a response of gratitude and thankfulness. Thinking about God is good, because when it is done right, it primes the pump of praise. Singing and praying then become the overflow of the heart.
4. We are a hospital. Sinners are welcome. You don’t have to “be all together” to join in. Bring your mess and let God deal with it, knowing that everybody around you will be doing the same thing. Above all, don’t stay at home. Home is at church, with God’s people. We’ll see you this Sunday.