Worship: What Is It, and What Isn’t It?

June 26, 2020

Categories: Worship

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In a recent Instagram post, we made some quick observations about what true worship is and what it’s not. It’s really short, plus it provides some insight into our own approach to worship at Firm Foundation, so we decided to go ahead and share it here:

Jesus said that true worshippers of God are those who worship “in spirit and in truth” (Jn. 4.24). In other words, true worship isn’t a feeling or an experience, but a sincere, from-the-heart response of adoration and reverence to the truths of who God is and what he has done. When it comes to worship at Firm Foundation, we’re not seeking an experience, styles, outward forms, or artificial preferences for ‘new vs. old’. Instead, we want to be those who are moved to respond rightly to the person and work of our great God.

elders FFBC Prescott Valley Assoc. Pastor Tony de la Riva
About the Author

Tony de la Riva is an elder and pastor at Firm Foundation Bible Church where he has served since March of 2020. He is an MDiv student at The Master’s Seminary, and also runs his own studio, de la Riva Brands, which specializes in branding and web development. Tony is originally from Fresno County in Central CA, and he and his wife Beki have been married since 2007 and have four children, Chloe, Daisy, Manasseh, and Israel.

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