We Christians believe in and worship a personal God. Our God is the one true God who created the universe and everything in it. He is more to us than a set of religious beliefs or practices. Because God is also triune, three persons in one, Christians also have personal relationships with God through Christ and the Holy Spirit.
The personal and triune nature of God may confuse the person who has not yet come into relationship with Jesus. For Christians it is a source of comfort and strength. God is with us and among us. When we gather in worship, we come to give reverence to a Holy God. We are also there to give our love to a God who is ever faithful and ever loving to us.
Worship is more than a custom
Worship in the Christian life is more than a custom or recurring event. It is not confined to a place or time of day, but rather is a way we live our daily lives. We worship to honor God and to please him, for God delights in those who love him and trust him completely.
Christians are pleased to honor God because we love him and trust him. We are grateful for the life he has given us and the mercies he continually shows us. There is no other God before him and we consider it a privilege to humble ourselves in worship for him.
We Gather Together
While we worship as a way of life, we also worship together on a regular basis. This too is a privilege and a desire for Christians who love God and love spending time with him. We gather together to come before him as a community and a family—and to feel his presence in the presence of other Christians who share our devotion to him. This too pleases God.
Because God is a personal God who lives in relationship with us, we have also learned through his love to live and worship in relationship with each other. Our scriptures teach us that we must meet for worship together regularly in this way to both honor God and to encourage one another (Hebrews 10:25). We are one body (Roman 12:5), and each of us belongs to one another.
We therefore gather as a body regularly to love God through worship. This is a vital part of the Christian life.