Christ-Exalting

We exist to glorify God. The Bible says in Isaiah 43:6b–7, “Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”

Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” The point of an image is to “image.” Images are erected to display the original. Point to the original. Glorify the original. God made humans in his image so that the world would be filled with reflectors of God. Images of God. So that nobody would miss the point of creation. Nobody could miss the point of humanity, namely, God.

To glorify God is to exalt Christ. And to exalt Christ is to put him above all others and worship him as God.

We Exalt Christ Through Worship

In John 4 Jesus declares that true worship, the kind of worshipers the Father is seeking, is worship that is done in spirit and in truth. This means it can be done anywhere—bringing us back to the “everyday” nature of the church. We ARE the church. The church is not merely a place we go or a service we attend. When it comes to true worship, inner spiritual reality replaces geographic locality.

We see it again in Matthew 15:8-9 when Jesus says, “This people honors me with their lips but their heart is far from me. In vain do they worship me.” Worship that does not come from the heart is vain, empty. It is not authentic worship. It is no worship.

You can see it also in Romans 12:1, where Paul says that Christians should present our bodies to God in daily obedience to his will as a “spiritual service of worship.”

Therefore the essence of worship is not external, localized acts, but inner, God-ward experience that comes out not primarily in church services (though they are important) but primarily in daily expressions of allegiance to God—in your sex life, in the way you handle your money, or keep your marriage vows, or speak up on behalf of Christ.

Outward Expressions of Worship

Of course, we strongly value the outward expressions of worship and praise through music. As a gathered church one of our greatest experiences in exalting Christ is through music. Here are a few specific points we believe about worship as an outward expression.

First, worship is both adoration and action. This can be shown from the Bible in Hebrews 13:15-16 which states: “Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name [That is adoration]. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God [That is action].”

Second, worship is both gathered and scattered. Hebrews 10:24-25 states: “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another…” This is gathered worship and fellowship together. 1 Corinthians 10:31 states: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” This is scattered worship – meaning that even as we leave the church and go about our normal lives, we still worship and exalt either Christ or created things through our daily actions.

In our times of gathered worship we desire to utilize the kinds of music and art that reflect the culture and generation in which we live. The worship ministry at Oasis Church provides corporate experiences of enjoying God’s intimate presence. Music, visual art, and a variety of other creative expressions are used to create an atmosphere of beauty designed to engage our hearts, facilitating opportunities to connect with God’s Spirit.