WRSHP: Gospel Promise
In this series of posts we discuss the format and vibe of our gathered Sunday worship at Foundation Church.
Scottish minister Robert Murray M’Cheyne (1813–1843) famously said, ‘For every look at yourself, take ten looks at Christ.’ This is the focus of our Gospel Promise.
Confession of sin is an important part of our gathered worship, but because of the good news about Jesus, our sin does not define us any longer – Jesus does!
As St. Paul puts it:
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. (1 Tim 1:15)
Or returning again to the Apostle John’s words:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
How this works out at Foundation Church
So at Foundation Church, after confessing our sin, we hear the Gospel Promise: the Good News of Christ announced over us, telling us again that full forgiveness of sin is given to all who trust in Christ.
Peace is declared!
Guilt is gone!
Shame is washed away!
We affirm the promises of the gospel by singing songs that highlight one particular aspect of the gospel. This helps us to take the gospel promise deeper into our hearts. (One of the effects of singing together as a church – we’re not just singing to God but to one another!). We also open up space for people to pray out prayers of thanks for what Jesus has done for us.
Foundation Church meets every Sunday 10:30am at Belmont Tower, Belfast, BT4 3FG.