Exalt means to, “hold (someone or something) in very high regard” and at Living Hope that someone or something is God himself. Everything that we do we do in order to try to bring as much glory and honor and praise to Jesus Christ. Really for the Christian life there is no higher calling than making much of the name of Jesus Christ in everything we do. In Paul’s letter to the Romans he says, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” This means that everything we do from waking up in the morning to working, to going to bed at night is to be done in service to Jesus Christ. The Church should be no different. At Living Hope we believe that our church should only do things that facilitate worship of the one true God. This works itself out in several ways.
PREACHING, TEACHING, SINGING
Our preaching ministry, our teaching in Sunday schools from adult to pre-school and our singing is all there to facilitate worship. Preaching and teaching does this by displaying God in his glory in his word by explaining the text to God’s people and showing how it is to be worked out in every day life. The goal of all of our preaching and teaching is to show Christ so vividly and the gospel so clearly that people would respond by a life filled with worship and praise.
Our singing is another way that we exalt our God. We sing songs that speak truth about Him and if we do it rightly then we sing it also with a heart that loves and adores Him. This is worship, that we might exalt God with all of our hearts, minds, souls, and strength. Singing together as God’s people can help stir our hearts and affections towards God. So we only sing songs that have at their focus God’s glory, love, mercy and other attributes and contrasts our wretchedness alongside it. In this way we remind ourselves and each other that we have been bought by a price that is far greater than we deserve, and that price was the blood of our Savior Jesus Christ!