According to the Bible, the first and greatest commandment is to love God with our whole selves—heart, soul, strength, and mind. The second, Jesus said, is like it: To love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39). Scripture also emphasized the importance of practicing hospitality in our homes and in our churches (Romans 12:13). Therefore, at CPC we believe it is important that our services are both worshipful (first and foremost centered on God), and hospitable (showing respect for and understanding of our Nashville neighbors who visit).
The Bible teaches that worship should not only be God-centered and enriching to Christian believers, but also intelligible, winsome (attractive), loving, and challenging to our non-Christian friends (1 Corinthians 14:20-25).
CPC services are first and foremost centered on God—specifically on the person and work of Jesus. Our services might be described as “refreshingly liturgical.” There is both order and spontaneity to the flow and rhythm of any given service. Stylistically, we incorporate the rich resources of past and present—songs, readings, prayers, liturgies, etc.—while looking with joy toward the day of Jesus’ return (for information on CPC’s music ministry, click here).
Each service, in its own way, seeks to guide worshipers through the Story of God: Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Glory. The climax or telos of each service culminates in emphasis on the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Lastly, one of the highest aims in our services is that we would preach and embody God’s grace. We would rather ignite the Christian imagination as grace-centered and Spirit-filled, rather than educate on the finer points of theology or doctrine. The one message that both Christians and non-Christians need to hear is that salvation and adoption are by grace alone (Ephesians 2:8-9)!