What To Expect
Momentum takes a very intentional approach to our public worship services. We believe they should be as simple as possible. We also strive to offer services which are meaningful to the worshiper and acceptable to God. Worship is also more than just an activity in which we engage for an hour or so on a weekly basis. It is to be a part of our individual daily lives as well. However, there is something very special and powerful about meeting together as a corporate body on the Lord's Day to worship Him. That's why God commands us to do it. That's also why He tells us how to do it.
Worship should be simple
Simple doesn't mean uninspiring or poor quality, nor does it mean the refusal to employ modern technology in our corporate gatherings. Rather, simple worship refers to the attitude of the worshiper. It's our hearts that God is after - not all the other externals we tend to believe are necessary or important in order to "better" worship Him. For example, a full praise band can be a great addition to our singing, but it isn't necessary. Neither is having auditorium seating or a concert like feel (mood setting lights, cameras and screens). There are many externals we can do without and still offer true worship to God. But a heartless worship, with or without the externals, is no worship at all.
Worship must be acceptable
Acceptable worship is the kind of worship in which the way we think about God and respond to Him is in agreement with who He is. Jesus referred to it as worshiping God in Spirit and Truth. Acceptable worship is more than just sincere worship; it's sincere worship that's based on the truth of God as revealed to us through the Holy Scriptures. One can be sincere and yet incorrect in their understanding of God's nature and character and can end up offering Him worship that He will not accept. We have to keep in mind that God defines true worship - we don't. The reality is, we can sing with gusto and pray passionately, but unless our understanding of God is correct, He will not accept our worship. The reason Momentum places such a high emphasis on studying and correctly interpreting the Scriptures is because they alone tell us who God really is, what He commands, and how we are to properly think about and respond to Him.
Worship on the Lord's Day
When it comes to the weekly worship gathering, the most important question we must answer is this: What does God desire from us when we meet together? Are we free to do whatever we want or are there guidelines we are to follow? At Momentum, we believe God has already shown us through His word the components that are to be included when we gather as a corporate body to worship Him. For example, the Scriptures tell us we are to:
Sing (Colossians 3:16)
Give money (1 Corinthians 16:2)
Read Scripture (1 Timothy 4:13)
Receive the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:23-32)
Hear the preaching of God’s Word (2 Timothy 4:1-2)
Challenge and encourage one another (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Carry out the baptism of new believers as needed (Matthew 28:19)
Our worship services typically last 90 minutes. We believe the Biblical model for corporate worship is for the entire church to gather together in one place. That's why our children worship alongside our adults. The only exception is that we offer a nursery for children 3 and under for those parents wishing to utilize it. For more on why we want children in the corporate worship, click here.
The songs we sing are a blend of old and new. We love the doctrinally rich hymns of the seventeenth century as well as the inspiring choruses of the twenty-first. We also appreciate the value musical instruments can add to our singing as long as the instruments don't overpower the greatest instrument - the human voice. We strongly prefer congregational singing, which emphasizes the gathered body singing praise to God with one voice, over performed music, which tends to spotlight the abilities of a few while encouraging passivity in the rest. In addition, our musicians and vocalists don't attempt to entertain the congregation, but to use their talents to help lead the whole body in worshiping the Lord through song.
The preaching of God's word is the central focus of our weekly corporate gatherings. All preaching at Momentum is driven by the Gospel, the Bible’s main message of God saving sinners through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Messages are generally expositional, meaning that they seek to clearly explain the primary point and meaning of a particular Biblical passage. Once we understand the original intent of the Biblical author, we can then discover how to apply those teachings to our lives.
Sermons usually last 40 minutes and are packed with material for reflection. That is one reason we encourage everyone to bring their own Bibles as well as materials upon which to take notes. Many times our Pastor allows a few minutes at the conclusion of his teaching for questions and comments. We seldom hear the complaint that the messages are boring or too long. However, our Pastor tries to follow the advice of the 20th century theologian, John Stott, who said, “It doesn’t matter how long you preach, to your audience it should feel like twenty minutes.”
We believe what you choose to wear is a matter of personal preference. Most of our attendees dress causally.
Momentum is a very laid back and welcoming congregation. We tend to laugh a lot and really enjoy meeting together each week to worship as a local church family. Our promise to our guests is that they will be made to feel at home without feeling uncomfortable.
Pre-service classes and fellowship groups
Each week, prior to the corporate worship service, we offer Sunday school type classes for all ages. While our children and teenagers meet in classes taught by knowledgeable and caring teachers, our adults meet in various small groups throughout the rest of the church. Our adult groups focus on fellowship while engaging in a hands on, discussion type Bible study. Our classes and groups begin at 9 A.M. and conclude at 9:45. Come grab a doughnut and a cup of coffee at our welcome center and join us this Sunday.