Life in the Lion’s Den Worship Series|
September and October 2019
For centuries, Christians have enjoyed home field advantage in the United States. Our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian values and we embedded them deep into our social consciousness. But things are changing. Rapidly. The tide has turned and the culture now looks on Christians with a growing hostility. Laws are being passed that directly target biblical values and the practice of our faith. How should we respond? Thankfully, this is nothing new. The people of God have often lived in hostile cultures and found ways to remain faithful. One of the most courageous was a man named Daniel. Join us this fall as we dive into the book of Daniel and learn how to live by faith in the lion’s den!
We live in a world full of fear. Turn on the news. Listen to talk radio. Scroll through social media. Much of what you read there is driven by fear. Fear of the future. Fear of one another. Fear of those who disagree with us. Sadly, this is not new. Human beings have been afraid ever since Adam and Eve were first kicked out of the Garden of Eden. But God doesn’t want us to live in fear. When He sent His angels to proclaim the Messiah’s birth, their primary message was “do not be afraid.” Do not be afraid because God is with us. Do not be afraid because God has come to save us. Do not be afraid because God will never leave us or forsake us. The central message of Christmas is that God has sent His only begotten Son…the perfect embodiment of love…to cast out all fear. Make sure to join us as we look at each angelic visitation that accompanied the birth of Jesus.
When it comes to worship, we live in interesting times. The church is talking more today about “worship” than it ever has in its history, but perhaps is meaning less and less by it. Very simply put, “Worship is our response to God’s revelation of Himself.” We worship him because he deserves it, we worship him because he demands it, we worship him because he delights in it! Frankly, this has precious little to do with music, let alone any given style of music. Music, just like any other art form, is just one means of expression. Music is often how we worship, but ought never to be confused with why we worship. Its trajectory must be gospel-shaped and its focus Trinitarian: Father, Son, and Spirit.
There are various ways you can serve in the Worship Arts Ministry and worship experiences at PEPC. Start by attending our worship services each Sunday and get a feel for PEPC and the Biblical, Relational, Intergenerational and Missional environment where we worship together.
There are many opportunities for various artistic expressions with the Worship Arts Ministry at PEPC and we would love to visit with you about your talents and gifts and how you might serve. Individual auditions or review of skills are arranged throughout the year. Please contact Matt DePriest.