Loving God is the first of Friendship’s “core” values: Love God, Love Others, and Serve. There are both corporate and personal components to loving God, and multiple opportunities to learn about Him and grow with others at Friendship.
Corporate worship is essential in the life of a Christian. Through singing, public scripture reading, prayer, and giving in a large group setting, we’re reminded that we are not alone in following Christ. By joining our voices with others, we express our belief that the church is one body: the body of Christ.
Large corporate gatherings are also the best place to hear teaching from the Bible by a gifted communicator who has studied scripture and sought God’s direction for each message. Friendship has multiple opportunities for corporate worship. Join us at our Lucas Ferry Campus for one of three services every Sunday: 8:20 AM (traditional worship), 9:30 or 11:00 AM (contemporary worship). You can also join us at Friendship’s North Campus (Elkmont) every Sunday at 11:00 AM (blended worship – a combination of traditional and contemporary elements).
Personal worship and study (sometimes called devotions or quiet time) is also essential in the life of a Christian. The goal of the Christian life, to become progressively more like Jesus, requires more than an hour or two on Sunday. A daily commitment to reading and studying scripture, praying (listening to God as well as making requests), and engaging in other spiritual practices (disciplines like journaling, fasting, and memorizing scripture) allows God to work in our hearts, changing us from the inside out.
One of the best online resources out there is YouVersion‘s bible app and bible.com website where you can find all kinds of Bible reading plans that suit your personal needs and where you are in your walk with Christ.
Another great resource we provide as part of our Growth Track Essentials 201 class is the LifeJournal. This is a Bible reading plan takes you through the New Testament twice and the Old Testament once every year using S.O.A.P. (Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer) to get the most out of your time in the Bible.