Our Corporate worship at Tzaneen Baptist Church is of utmost importance to us. Our worship is designed to glorify God and make Him known by unashamedly proclaiming the truth of His Word.
I. We believe corporate worship should be:
God-centred: Celebrating the distinctive roles and work of the Trinity
– God the Father (Ephesians 1:3-6)
– God the Son (Ephesians 1:7-12)
– God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14)
Bible-based: Concentrating on teaching the truth of God’s Word
– Pray the Word (1 Timothy 2:1)
– Read the Word (1 Timothy 4:13)
– Sing the Word (Colossians 3:16, Ephesians 5:19)
– Preach the Word (2 Timothy 4:2)
Gospel-declaring: Communicating the good news of Jesus Christ
– Man’s sin (Romans 3:23)
– Sin’s consequences (Romans 6:23)
– God’s solution (John 3:16)
– Christ’s sacrifice (Romans 5:8)
– Man’s faith (Ephesians 2:8-9)
– God’s gift (Romans 6:23)
Cultivating the common good of the Church
– Edify the body (Ephesians 2:19-22, 1 Cor. 14:26)
– Educating the believer (Colossians 3:16)
– Engaging the head and heart
– Encouraging unity (Romans 15:5-6)
– Evangelizing the lost (Matthew 28:18-20)
– Exhorting saint and sinner
II. We value corporate worship that is:
Congregational (Psalm 111:1, 149:1)
We believe that our chief instrument of praise is the congregation’s voice. This
impacts our choices of music and instrumentation. During congregational singing, the
congregation’s voice will be primary. Instrumentation and corporate worship leaders
will enhance the congregation’s voice, not cover it up.1 We believe that the
congregation should have an active role in our corporate worship services through
attitude, action, thought, preparation, and response. Corporate worship is not passive
entertainment, but intentional engagement. We come to church ready to participate by
paying attention and involving ourselves in the worship in order to bear witness to the
message being declared through the worship service.
Excellent (Psalm 33:1-3)
We believe that corporate worship should be intentionally planned, creatively designed,
adequately rehearsed, skillfully led, and intentionally evaluated in order to better
promote an atmosphere of worship.
Appropriate and Relevant
We believe that corporate worship should be both, appropriate in holding exclusively to
God’s commands in Scripture as our rule of worship, and relevant in applying those
commandments in legitimate, and often non-traditional ways.3 Although our worship is
directed to God, our songs will be understandable and usable by the congregation.
Authentic and Genuine
(Isaiah 29:13, Matthew 15:8-9)We believe that corporate worship should be done in a sincere and humble manner. Vain
repetitions and empty exercises have no place in heartfelt worship.
Trans-generational (Philippians 2:1-7, Romans 15:5-7)
We believe that corporate worship should transcend generational barriers by recognizing
and embracing an appreciation for various worship styles, tunes and texts. We believe
in forging a form of corporate worship within a framework of Biblical theology that
takes seriously both our history and our contemporary reality. The primary
characteristic of our worship will be that it is based upon the truth of God’s word.
Scripture alone takes precedence over opinion, tradition and preference.8 We believe
that corporate worship should unite the church, not divide it. Therefore, we believe
that the predominant attitude of worship must be one that is preferential toward one
another in love.