Urban Harvest exists to glorify and worship God by pursuing our joy in the perfections of Jesus Christ and His Triune fellowship.
PHILOSOPHY OF DOXOLOGY:
UNDERSTANDING OUR ULTIMATE PURPOSE
(The Essence and Experience of Personal and Corporate Worship)
1st Precept of Worship
We believe that love and adoration for God is birthed in the heart by the Spirit, through the centrality of the Scriptures, to awaken a passion for God’s supremacy that is infallibly ascribed to God in His word (2 Cor 3:5-8).
2nd Precept of Worship
We believe vibrant worship begins when faith gazes upon the beauty of God, as it is revealed in the word of God and manifested in the cross-work of Jesus Christ, for the eternal joy of wrath-deserving sinners getting everlasting grace (Romans 10:17, Eph 1:17-20, Heb 12:2).
3rd Precept of Worship
We believe the power of the preached word sets the pace in authentic worship, so that every song sung, every prayer prayed, every praise uttered, and every gift offered might be informed and ignited by the One who deserves our worship Hebrews 4:12-13, Col 3:16-17).
4th Precept of Worship
We believe God-centered, Bible-nourished worship promotes earnest prayer by lifting high the Son of God and laying bare the sin of man to effect deep dependence on God for the joy of the saint and the sanctification of all his faculties (Psalm 19:7-14; Ps 119:1-2, 57-58, 62, 164, 169-173; Jn 12:32, 14:13-14, 21; 1Jn 3:21-23, 5:14-15).
5th Precept of Worship
We believe the Holy Spirit sustains and increases vibrant worship by deepening our love for the cross-work of Jesus Christ and bringing the eternal promises of God into sharper focus (Jn 16:14, Romans 15:13, Heb 9:14, 1Jn 4:2).
6th Precept of Worship
We believe God uniquely enlarges our capacity for worship and rejoices our spirits when suffering requires a depth of consolation only God can supply (Ps 94:19, 2Cor 1:3-9).
7th Precept of Worship
We believe worship flows most freely when love and adoration for God is being expressed in glad obedience to God through other-oriented service (Ps 37:3-4, Ps 100:2; Phil 4:4, 1Jn 5:1-3).
VALUES OF DOXOLOGY
- God’s Passion for His Glory
We value God’s passion for His own glory and the lasting pleasure His glory awakens in us (Isaiah 48:11, Psalm 16:11).
- Soul-Satisfying Joy in God
We value glorifying God by the chief pursuit and experience of our highest joy in God through Jesus Christ (Ps 37:4, Ps 100:2, Phil 4:4, John 14:13, 16:24).
- God’s Mobilizing Glory
We value the glory of God mobilizing the people of God to bring others into the all-satisfying pleasure of God (Ps 22:22-31, Ps 40:16, Ps 67:1-4, Ps 96:3-4).
- The Treasure of Jesus
We value the deep impressions of God’s spiritual beauty to more fully and freely treasure all the Excellencies of Jesus’ righteous person (Jn 6:45, Phil 3:7-9).
- The Cross of Christ
We value the infinite worth of Christ and His Cross-work by remembering our deservedness of God’s wrath and our reception of God’s grace (Eph 2:1-7).
- The Gospel for Us
We value preaching the gospel to ourselves for the advancement of our own sanctification and recovery from all our failures and discouragement (Ps 42:5,11; Rom 1:9).
- Knowledge for Worship
We value rigorous Bible study and theological precision for the experience of worship that surpasses learning for mere knowledge (1 Cor 8:1-3, Phil 3:8, 10).
- Child-like Prayer
We value the designated means of prayer for communion with God and the mysterious way He sinks sacred Truth deep into our affections (Ps 27:4, Isa 55:6-8, Mt 7:7).
- God-Wrought Prayer
We value God moving on the heart, through Bible-directed prayer, to produce the kind of praying that moves God (Ps 37:4, Luke 11:5-13, Jn 15:7, James 5:15-18).
- Experiential Preaching
We value the aid of the Holy Spirit in turning the ordinary act of speaking truth into the extraordinary experience of the whole preacher preaching to the whole listener (Mt 7:28-29, 22:37-39, 1 Cor 2:4-5, 1 Cor 14:1-4, 15; Eph 6:19-20, Col 4:3-4).
- Expressive Singing
We value lively singing of purest praises, to the Most High God, with songs that have biblical content and beautiful arrangements (Psalm 92:1-4, 98:4-6, Eph 5:19).
- Regular Giving\
We value all of God’s commands for sacrificial giving, as serving our joy, in making us the beneficiaries of His sufficiency (1 Cor 16:1-2, Phil 4:17).
- Cheerful Giving
We value giving as an expression of gratitude to God for all of His blessings and as an exercise of faith in God for provisions yet to come (2Cor 8:1-2,Prov 3:9-10).
- Other-Worldly Giving
We value every resource, laid out for the glory of Christ on earth, as eternal blessing laid up for us in heaven (Mt 6:19-21, Lk 12:33-34).
- The Ultimate Gift
We value God Himself as the supreme gift to us (1 Peter 3:18).