Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. Worship at Abundant Life is passionate, powerful, and Spirit-led. We are worshipers who lift up the name of Jesus in spirit and truth. We encourage an atmosphere of freedom through many different expressions of worship and praise.
Our hope is that you will not only feel at home with us, but that you will sense the presence of the Lord in our assembly. To alleviate any questions about the way we worship, it’s our pleasure to share the Biblical authority of what goes on during our service. Our worship is spontaneous and prompted by the Holy Spirit. The format and flow of our service varies from meeting to meeting, lending a unique freshness to each gathering.
WHY DO WE CLAP OUR HANDS?
“Clap your hands, all you nations.” Psalm 47:1
Clapping the hands is a valid mode of expressing one’s joy in the Lord. Also it can be noted that clapping is universally accepted as a means of expressing joy in many cultures. We have found that true joy is experienced as we come before His presence with singing with all of our hearts.
WHY DO WE LIFT OUR HANDS?
“Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and bless the Lord.” Psalm 134:2
Lifting of the hands, a practice validated by Scriptures in both the Old Testament and New Testament, signifies many things. It can be a physical response of heartfelt agreement with a thought, a song sung, or a word spoken. It also can express our total surrender to God in true worship of Him.
WHY DO WE PLAY INSTRUMENTS?
“Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; praise Him with the psaltery and harp. Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; praise Him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise Him with loud cymbals, praise Him with resounding cymbals.” Psalm 150:3-5
WHY DO WE SHOUT?
“Shout for joy and be glad.” Psalm 35:27 & “Shout unto God with the voice of triumph!” Psalm 47:1
Shouting is a valid expression of adoration and praise to the Lord, which wells up from the joy that is resident in one’s heart. Shouting is also understood as a triumphant proclamation of God’s unsurpassed power, majesty, and victory over His enemies.
WHY DO WE KNEEL?
“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.” Psalm 95:6
The word worship means to make oneself low or to bow down. In ancient times, those who would come before a king would bow down low to the ground as an act of submission and reverence. Thus kneeling before God is a proper form of worship unto the great King of the Universe, who is worthy of all praise and honor.
WHY DO WE WAVE BANNERS?
“May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God.” Psalm 20:5
WHY DO WE SPEAK IN TONGUES AND PROPHESY?
“Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries.” 1 Corinthians 14:1-2
“You, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.” Jude 20