At the Abundant Grace Church of the Living God, all of our services contain many of the following elements:
Word of God
The word of God is delivered weekly in the service through expository teaching. Expository preaching details the meaning of a particular text or passage of Scripture. This style of teaching also takes the text and shows how we can apply it to the lives of the hearers today. The intent of our delivery is not to ‘hoop and holler’ during the delivery of the word of God, but to clearly and distinctly teach God’s word.
[Psa 54:2 KJV] 2 Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.
[1Th 5:17 KJV] 17 Pray without ceasing.
Prayer is an integral part of our lives, and of our church. Prayer is how we communicate with God. Thus, we pray several times in our service. We believe in the power of prayer.
Praise and Worship
[Psa 106:1 KJV] 1 Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.
Praise is an expression. Through praise, we extol God and we declare how good He has been in our lives. Praise is also thanks. Through our praise, we tell to God ‘thank you’ for the wonderful things that he has done in our lives. In our services, attendees are encouraged to praise God in multiple ways. We believe that praise is action. Whether you wave your hand, rock back and forth, sing, jump, dance, cry out, we believe that you can praise God! The joy of the Lord is our strength and joy comes through praise, so we encourage the believers to praise our God!
Worship is intimate. In worship, attendees are encouraged to raise their hands, or to bow down, or to cry out, or just close their eyes while they reflect on the goodness and mercies of God. During worship, souls may flock to the altar, in reverence to our God.
[1Ch 15:16 KJV] 16 And David spake to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren [to be] the singers with instruments of musick, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding, by lifting up the voice with joy.
Music is an integral part to our services. Throughout the scriptures, we see how music was used in the service of God. I Chronicles 15:16, David appointed Levites to play various instruments in praise. In Psalms 150, we are encouraged to praise God through various instruments.
We embrace several forms of music in our services from gospel, to traditional gospel, to contemporary Christian music, to hymns featuring a singers and a live band. In fact, the bible encourages us to “Sing unto the Lord a new song!”
[2Sa 6:14 KJV] 14 And David danced before the LORD with all [his] might; and David [was] girded with a linen ephod.
Dance is a form of praise. In the scriptures, we see where David even danced before the Lord to praise our God. We encourage attendees to praise the Lord through dance, also called “shouting” in service. If the “shouting” music starts, don’t be afraid to get your dance in!
[Psa 26:7 KJV] 7 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
During our service, we allot a few moment for testimony service, which provides a individual with the opportunity to tell others how good God has been in their life. It is time to tell God thank you, and to proclaim his works amongst the people.
In the book of gospels, we see how the word of God was read in the synagogue on the Sabbath. To ensure that the word of God is read each Sabbath day in our services, we will read excerpts from Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 28.