Our service is about 75 minutes. We are more laid back than liturgical, and the dress ranges from jeans to suits. We’re also informal. Our services sometimes have a time for sharing testimonies and prayer requests. We try to be relevant to today’s culture without being overly interested in being “cool.”
The main floor of our auditorium and bathrooms are handicap accessible. An exterior elevator is available at the entrance adjacent to the parking lot.
But the meat and potatoes of our services revolve around three main elements—hearing from God in his word, engaging with God through song, and going to God in prayer.
Hearing from God in his Word
The preaching is gospel-driven. This means you can expect to hear the gospel articulated somewhere in the 35-minute sermon. We use the term “gospel” to refer to the basic message of the Bible and how that relates to God saving sinners (click here to learn more). Our teaching focuses on the gospel because we are convinced that all Scripture points to Christ, because believers grow in the faith by pondering more and more what Christ has accomplished for us, and because we earnestly want to provide a space where non-believers can explore the Christian faith. We try to share this gospel without exerting artificial pressure.
The preaching also aims to be expositional, meaning we want to zoom in on truths found in the Scripture passage and how they relate to our daily lives. Generally a sermon series will go through a book of the Bible rather than on a topic. In addition to the preached word, we have a time for the public reading of Scripture (cf. 1 Tim 4:13).
Engaging with God through Song
Christ-exalting singing is a natural response to hearing God’s word, as indicated in Colossians 3:16: “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” We sing mostly modern and traditional hymns. We focus on congregational singing, but occasionally we will have special music. Our main goal is to have songs with content that also stir our hearts.
Going to God in Prayer
We pray several times throughout the service to remind us of our dependency on God. A well-oiled worship service can make us feel good, but only God can change us. So we regularly pray for the Georgetown community, our government, other churches in the area, and our members who are suffering.