Location & Time
Sundays at 10:30 AM
5340 Quince Road, Memphis, TN
5340 Quince Road, Memphis, TN
How We Gather
On Sunday mornings we gather as the redeemed people of God to read, pray, sing, & preach God's Word to the end that God would receive glory & that the gospel would sink deeper into our hearts. As we gather, we intentionally shape the flow of our liturgy to reflect the gospel—the good news that is reconciling a people to Himself through Christ and then sending His redeemed people into the world as messengers of that news.
Elements of Our Gathering
Acts 2:42 describes the earliest church's gathering as consisting of "the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." In the same way, we we are gathered worship, we express our dependence on God for life and godliness as we pray multiple times during our gathering for a variety of needs. Our pastors lead us in prayer throughout our time service and we spend several moments in reflective prayer in response to our sermon before we sing in response.
II. Reading Scripture
Based upon Paul's exhortation to his disciple Timothy to "devote (himself) to the public reading of scripture" (1 Tim. 4:13), we believe that reading passages from Scripture is one of the most important parts of our time gathered to worship. Since "faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ" (Rom. 10:16), we devote a sizable portion of our weekly liturgy to multiple readings from God's Word.
III. Confession of Sin & Assurance of Pardon
We take time every Sunday morning to corporately confess our sins through prayer (Psalm 66:18; Hebrews 10:22; 1 John 1:9). We do this to remind ourselves of the holiness of God and the reality of sin so that we are ready to be refreshed by the gracious pardon for sinners found in the Gospel.
IV. Congregational Singing
Our goal in singing is expressed well in Psalm 96:24: "Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day today. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!" Music in worship gives us opportunity to proclaim the Lord's greatness and glory with a united voice. We seek to magnify Christ and encourage one another by singing Scripture-soaked and Gospel-rich songs in accordance with Ephesians 5:19, which commands us to "address one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart." We worship with a full contemporary band that leads us in the singing of contemporary and Gospel music, traditional hymns, Psalms, and other passages of Scripture put to music. We seek to reflect the diversity of our city and congregation as well as represent the fullness of the Christian tradition in both the style we sing and the songs we sing. You can find a list of some of the songs we sing in our Spotify playlist.
V. Expository Preaching
The preaching of God's Word is the centerpiece of our gathering. Our hope in hearing from God's word is that we would be renewed in heart and mind. Our typical pattern is to preach through books or large sections of Scripture in order to have our lives shaped by the whole counsel of God's Word. We place the preaching of the Word as central in our gathering because we believe hearing from God is the most important thing we can do together. We are currently walking through a series on the book of Ephesians.
VI. The Lord's Supper
Every week when we gather we remember the death of Jesus for our sin as we proclaim his cross work for us with the Lord's Supper. Acts 2:42 indicates that the earliest church broke bread when they gathered every day, likely an allusion to the Lords Supper. Later in Acts 20:7 when the church is gathering weekly, breaking bread is a fixed part of their worship gathering. We see the benefit in proclaiming the death of Christ in the Lord's Supper weekly in the same we we benefit from weekly singing, preaching, and praying to delight in and respond to the gospel. The Lord's Supper builds us up as God's people, reminding us of our union with the crucified and risen Christ.