You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” -John 4:22-24
These verses sum of the culture and attitude of worship at Two Rivers PCA in three ways:
We worship what we know
God has revealed Himself to us in His Word, the Bible. This Word became flesh in the form of Jesus Christ, fully God, dwelling among us as a man. Since God is all-powerful and all-knowing, man can never fully know God; however, God has intentionally revealed Himself to us that we may know Him intimately, relationally, and personally. We believe that as our knowledge of God (theology) grows, we have more and more reason to worship Him (doxology). Theology breeds and nourishes rich doxology for all ages and people.
We worship in spirit
Our worship comes from thanksgiving and is expressed in our spirit (heart). As sinners, we could never approach God with a perfectly humble and repentant spirit that He commands, yet we believe that the Holy Spirit, God Himself, dwells within us to make our worship pleasing to Him! We worship out of our freedom in light of what God has done in Christ on our behalf. The very element of worship that God requires from us He gives to us in His Son!
We worship in truth
Just as a ship without a captain can never be controlled, our hearts can never worship God rightly without His guidance. We use the very words of God to dictate and shape our view of worship. We are also able to rest in knowing that God, in Christ, through the Holy Spirit makes our worship pleasing to Him.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” -Colossians 3:16-17