The body of believers at Ardsley Bible Chapel seeks to worship God
- For his intrinsic worth—a worth with which nothing in all creation compares (1 Kgs. 8:23; 1 Chr. 17:20)
- For his great attributes, which are in keeping with his deity (Ps. 25:8; 103:1-4; Isa. 5:16; 1 Cor. 1:9; Eph. 2:4)
- For his majesty and power expressed in his creation and sustenance of our world and all it contains (Rev. 4:11)
- For what he has done for us, preeminently in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is what calls forth our willing worship. This is what fills our renewed hearts with a desire to worship him. Apart from it, our worship would flow just from obligation, and not from love (1 Cor. 15:3, 4; Rev. 5:12-14).
We believe in the priesthood of all believers (1 Pet. 2:5, 9) and in the pattern of Christian worship set out for the church in the New Testament - worship that has its foundation in the richness of the Old Testament. Therefore we seek to provide an opportunity for corporate worship each Lord's Day that
- Is based on all that God is and all he has done, but keeps the cross of Jesus Christ-and therefore a celebration of the Lord's Supper at the center, following our Lord's command and the practice and teaching of the early church (Acts 2:42; 1 Cor. 11:23-26)
- Engages every true believer in Jesus Christ in the act of worship. Men and women alike are called to worship in spirit and truth (John 4:23, 24), but when we are gathered together as a church for collective worship, the role of leadership is taken by the men (1 Cor. 14:34; 1 Tim. 2). This worship draws its substance from the intersection of the Scriptures with our experience, thus engaging the whole person, mind and heart, intellect and emotions (Ps. 96:9; Mk. 12:33)
- Focuses on response to God for who he is and what he has done rather than on what we hope to receive (although in truly giving our worship to God we are indeed blessed) (Ps. 115:1; Rev. 4:8, 11; 5:9, 12, 13)
- Is facilitated, supported, and enhanced by songs and hymns, both old and new, that are in keeping with the true evangelical faith and that draw our hearts and minds upward to God (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16)
- Provides an opportunity to give our material gifts to God in acts of willing sacrifice in response to what he has done for us (Acts 20:35; 2 Cor. 8:9; 9:7)
- Is ultimately led by the Spirit of God rather than by human design, recognizing that we should be open to the work of the Spirit in our hearts all week long, not just on Sunday mornings, and therefore not precluding either spontaneous or prepared contributions to worship (John 4:24; 1 Cor. 12)
In sum, in our worship we aspire to proclaim the great worth of God, pleasing him by willingly following his commands and eagerly giving him his due. In so doing we seek to be among those who worship God in spirit and in truth, through Jesus Christ, in keeping with his call to us.