We order our Fridays from the following principles:
1. The Priority of Preaching
We believe that God ordained His preached Word to be the instrument that conforms men and women into the image of Christ (2 Cor 3:4-18). Therefore, we strive to center our preaching on the gospel of Jesus Christ and we aim to exposit (ie expository preaching) or "bring out" the meaning of the Spirit-inspired authors as we apply it to our modern day context (Luke 24:25-27, 44-47; 2 Pet 1:16-21).
2. The Prayer of Faith
We believe that God ordained prayer as an instrument by which he accomplishes His sovereign plan (Matt 6:9-10; 9:37; Luke 18:1-8). When we pray, we confess our dependence on God and our faith that He alone can accomplish His will through weak vessels of grace (Acts 4:24-31; 2 Cor 4:7). The Spirit helps us to pray even as Jesus Himself prays for us as He intercedes at the right hand of God the Father (Rom 8:26; Heb 7:25; John 17:20-23; Luke 22:31-32).
3. The Songs of Praise
We believe that God has commanded us to sing His praise out of hearts that see God's supreme worth through new eyes of faith (Phil 4:4; Eph 1:3-6). We called to respond to the revelation of God's glory by centering our worship around the gospel as revealed in God's Word (Col 3:16). God has ordained our worship to declare His great worth both through song and through the ordinances of baptism and communion (Ps 96:1-9; Acts 2:37-41; 1 Cor 11:23-26).
4. The Fellowship of the Saints
We believe that God commands His new covenant people to gather regularly into local congregations who bear responsibility for one another (Heb 10:24-25; Gal 6:1-5). True faith that loves God is lived out by loving one another (1 John 4:19-21). Therefore, every Christian must commit themselves to one local body where they can live out Christ's "one another" commands and submit to godly leaders who will give an account (Matt 18:15-17; Eph 4:15-16; Heb 13:17).
5. The Witness of the Church
We believe that God ordained the local church as kingdom outposts central the advance of God's kingdom. The local church is the manifold wisdom of God and the pillar that testifies God's truth to the world (Eph 3:7-12; 1 Tim 3:14-16). Therefore, the gospel advances when churches live according to God's Word, proclaim the good news to those around them, and send qualified men to plant more healthy churches around the globe (Rom 10:9-17; Rom 15:17-23).
1. From John Piper's Sermon, "Prayer and the Victory of God"; desiringgod.org