We often hear the term ‘worship is a lifestyle’, but do we really know what it means?At The Waterbrook Church, it simply means to live a life of love. To love extravagantly. As our church motto states, ‘Loving God. Loving Others..’. The first commandment, ‘to love the Lord your God, with all your heart, all your mind, and all your strength’ ( Deut 6:5), means exactly that. At this church we believe you make a heart and mind decision to continually ‘seek first the Kingdom of God’, and to obey the Spirit of God in your life as He calls you to a greater and deeper knowledge of Himself.
Worship at The Brook (Waterbrook), is fuelled by a willingness to exalt God and yield to His will and Lordship. It is the heartfelt acknowledgement of His power and His glory. We believe that it is an outward expression of an inward sense of praise and and inward feeling of love and adoration.
We believe it requires something of each individual, and that is obedience. Why do people always cringe away from the word ‘obedience’? Because it requires a response. ‘whoever has my comands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. My father loves him who loves me and I too will love him and show Myself to him’ (John 14:13). Love and obedience are tied together.
At The Brook we have what are called ‘Heart responses’ that drive our worship:
ConfessIn Isaiah 6, when Isaiah caught sight of God, he was moved to confess his sin. When your humaness is confronted with the magnificence and holiness of God, you are made so aware of your need for God’s grace and His cleansing power in your life.
TransparencyPsalm 51 says that when you are in the presence of the Lord, you become totally transparent and honest. Your heart and your soul cry out to pray ‘create in me a clean heart,oh God and renew a spirit that is within me’ (Psalms 51:10). Worship pulls back the layers of your heart to reveal what’s really there.
ClarityAs you simply and whole-heartedly love and adore your God, you receive revelation and understanding od your Kingdom purpose. Romans 8 reveals ‘in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose’ (Rom 8:28).
Rest ComesPsalm 91:1 ‘He who dwells in the secret place of the secret place od the Most High, shall abide in the shadow of the Almighty’. Joy and strength are found in His dwelling places in His presence. We were never meant to live this supernatural calling with a purely natural ability. You will not be able to make it. But if you take God and His word, live in His presence, live a life of love and respond to His voice, you will live a your entire lifetime growing in the knowledge of christ, always fresh and strong in the word, and living a life that people want to follow.
At The Brook, we believe that Worship is truly a way of living. It is not in the words of a song, but is carried upon the heart of the singer. Whether you express you worship in song, dance, playing music or in some other way, we believe that each person is called in the freedom to worship God with every action, everyday of life in Spirit and Truth.