Worship dates back before Abraham, but the story of Abraham and Issac paints such a beautiful portrait of the importance of worship in the Christian life. In Genesis, as Abraham was preparing to offer his son Issac as a sacrifice in obedience, he worshiped. As he was preparing to sacrifice his only son, he took time to praise the Almighty. (22:5, HCSB) The story of Abraham and Issac not only illustrates the importance of worship, it also foreshadows the sacrifice of Jesus. It illustrates not only obedience, but the sacrifice of Christ many centuries before the birth of our Savior.
Salvation through the blood of Christ is the foundation for worship as He is the object of our worship. The path to worship is well defined; Jesus, in John 4, states that true worshippers worship the Father in spirit and truth, which is exactly what the Father desires. (4:23-24, HCSB)
The way that North Oxford approaches worship is three-fold: “singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in [our] hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16, HCSB) The last phrase of that verse, “with gratitude in [our] hearts to God,” cannot be emphasized enough. It is insufficient to just sing, as singing is hollow without the proper heart condition. Worshiping in the Spirit should reflect the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. (Galations 5:22-23, HCSB)
At North Oxford, our worship is corporate. It is biblical. The object is God. We strive to worship in the Spirit each and every moment, as we utilize the various talents of our congregants. We have a worship team of instrumentalists and vocalists, a growing worship choir, and we have the vision to develop an orchestra.
Please take a few moments to explore the various facets of this ministry. We invite you to join us. We love to grow as a ministry, and we love to grow as a body of believers. On the right hand side of this page, there are links to the various branches of this ministry. Also, there is a link to where you may express interest in serving through one of those branches.