Worship 10:30am Sunday
Our main worship service involves 90 minutes of reading, singing, praying, and preaching the Bible. Nursery (infant through 3 years old) is available every Sunday. Children’s Church (age 4 – 2nd grade) is taught during the sermon.
Discussion 9:30am Sunday
There are currently three children’s Sunday School classes (age 2 through 6th grade), a class for teens, as well as three Bible Study electives for adults. Nursery care for infants is always available.
Prayer 6:00pm Sunday
On Sunday evenings, we meet for one hour of singing, prayer, and Bible study. These are times of practical teaching & discussion that allow us to dig deeper into Biblical truths and forge stronger relationships with our brothers & sisters in Christ. Nursery available (infant through 3 years old).
Training 7:00pm Wednesday
We have midweek classes for kids, teens, and adults. Our children participate in Buckaroo Bible Club/Nature of God; our teens gather for fellowship, singing, and Scripture reading; and our adults enjoy digging deeper into the meaning of Scripture paragraph-by-paragraph. Nursery available (infant through 3 years old).
All of our regularly scheduled meetings take place at 2946 Burns Road. Our driveway is just north of the Madison High School baseball fields.
How We Worship
To worship God means “to ascribe worth” to Him—to bow down before Him. Christians are called to worship the one, true God through Christ, in every area of life, and especially with His church.
Worship God through Christ. According to John 4:21-24, God is no longer worshiped in a certain location (like the tabernacle or temple). Rather, God’s people worship Him in spirit and in truth: a believing response (in spirit) to the Bible’s teaching about Jesus Christ (in truth).
Worship God in Every Area of Life. According to Romans 12:1-2, every Christian is supposed to offer himself or herself to God as a living sacrifice, saying with our actions, attitudes and decisions: “Lord, here is my mind, my speech, my work, my money, my time. It’s all Yours. Do with it what you want.” So worship services are just a small (but significant) part of a Christian’s worship.
Worship God with His Church. According to Acts 2:42, Christians continually devoted themselves to “the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” While the New Testament never calls a Sunday meeting “a worship service,” the activities of the church are worship activities: Christians giving their attention to the apostles’ teaching that accurately expounded the person and work of Jesus Christ; sacrificially and generously pooling (i.e., “fellowship-ing”) their resources to advance the Gospel; remembering the Lord Jesus’ death through the breaking of bread; and trusting and praising the Lord in times of prayer. All of these activities are clearly acts of submission and devotion and sacrifice; in a word, they’re acts of worship.
So, all of a Christian’s life is an act of worship, but meeting with the church is a particularly special time of worship for every Christian. The way we worship our great God as a church is careful, simple, and intentional.
We worship on Sunday, the Lord’s Day.
Worship every Sunday is a rhythmic, weekly reminder of Jesus’ victory over death (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2; Luke 24:1; John 20:1, 19). In the first century, the church met on the first day of the week, which they called “The Lord’s Day” (Revelation 1:10). They usually met in the evening and they often combined their meeting with a potluck dinner (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 11:17ff). The church often met more frequently during the week (Acts 2:46), but worship on the Lord’s Day was their inviolable habit. That’s why we gather for worship at least once every Lord’s Day.
We worship God by making His Word absolutely central in each meeting.
We read the Bible. Paul encouraged Timothy to “devote [him]self to the public reading of Scripture” (1 Timothy 4:13). We make public reading of Scripture a priority in our Sunday worship services. We try to read about a chapter of Scripture per service, which means (if you come to our normal services) you’ll hear about 200 chapters every year. So, we worship the Lord by giving our attention to His Word.
We teach and preach the Bible. The goal of our preaching is not to deliver beautiful messages that entertain and inspire. Rather, our goal is simply to proclaim what God has said. God’s Word is important, not the pastor’s. Our pastors and teachers study hours each week in order to faithfully say and carefully apply what God has said. We believe that every person who attends Tri-County should leave with a conviction that he or she has just heard God’s Word—whether in Sunday School, youth group, at a midweek Bible study, or Sunday service. We worship the Lord by listening to His Word.
We respond to the Bible’s teaching. Although we have a “come forward invitation” only occasionally, we preach every message with the end goal of life-change. Paul commanded Pastor Timothy: “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2). We always preach with the goal of application, and Christians worship the Lord by submitting to the changes that His Word demands in our lives.
We sing the Bible. The Bible teaches that when believers’ hearts are full of the Word, they sing—they all sing—they sing together—they sing to each other (Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 5:18-20). Often one of the first questions people ask about a church is, “Is the music conservative or contemporary?” Churches have often been involved in “worship wars,” splitting over believers’ preferences of style. We don’t want to be identified by our music style, and we don’t believe that churches who do it differently are necessarily wrong, but we are intentional about why we sing what we sing. We believe that all the songs we sing in church should
have biblical words—if it’s not biblical, we don’t sing it regardless of how pretty or popular it is.
be both fresh and historic—we always want to be singing new expressions of biblical praise as well as old songs that connect us with our rich Christian heritage.
be accessible to our whole congregation—congregational singing is not “a spectator sport”—i.e., something taking place up on stage—so we want our songs to be congregationally sing-able.
be accompanied in a simple way—we want the congregation’s unified voice to dominate. We sing a cappella very frequently.
Singing is an act of worship in which the whole congregation participates. So every week we want saved sinners to lift their average voices in worship to God.
We worship God by praying to Him.
Acts 2:42 refers to prayers (plural). The Bible refers to many (overlapping) kinds of prayer:
- confession (praying for God’s forgiveness),
- adoration (praying praise to God for who He is and what He’s done),
- petition (praying requests to God),
- supplication (praying with a spirit of urgent begging),
- intercession (praying to God for the needs of other people),
- benediction (praying for God’s blessing on His people),
- and doxology (praying that God would be glorified).
We want our worship services to be characterized by every kind of prayer (Ephesians 6:18). We plan times of silent prayer, “pair prayer,” one-man-leading prayer, and corporate prayer—when we pray out loud, one at a time. Prayer is a crucial element in biblical worship.
We worship God by giving toward His gospel’s advance.
When Acts 2:42 says that the church met for fellowship, it especially refers to the pooling of funds for gospel advance and for the relief of the needy believers around them (Acts 2-6). Regarding giving, Paul taught in 1 Corinthians 16:1-2 that believer’s should give consistently and systematically (“on the first day of every week”), thoughtfully (“put aside and save”), and in proportion to their income (“as he may prosper”). We prefer not to take a public offering for reasons of privacy (Matthew 6:1-4), and because, in our day of sharky televangelists, we want to send a message to any visitors that “we are not here to take your money.”
We worship God by remembering Christ’s death.
Acts 2:42 said the early church met regularly for “the breaking of bread.” This is what we call “The Lord’s Table” or “Communion.” Breaking bread powerfully symbolizes our faith in Christ’s death and fellowship with each other through Christ’s death.
We worship God by caring for His people.
Believers are commanded to “greet one another.” This isn’t optional; it’s a crucial part of our gathering that displays and deepens our love. Five times believers are commanded to greet one another with a holy kiss. That doesn’t mean that we must kiss each other as Romans did in their culture. A “holy hug” or “holy handshake” is fine. But we want our affection for one another to be evident in family-like greetings and normal family small talk: “How’s it going? Hope you’re well. I’ve been praying for you. What have you been up to? Has it been a tough week? How is God helping you through this time?” We want our TLC to be evident when we gather for worship.