Our life in Christ as his people begins in corporate worship and is renewed during this time Sunday after Sunday, season after season, year after year. Worship is the most vital part of the Christian life… In worship we listen to God’s word read and preached, we receive the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist, and we pray in response to that which we hear and receive through liturgy and song… In order to be sent out to live in the world as Christ’s church we have to come together in worship as Christ’s church. Our life as Christians begins in corporate worship.
To have Christ “formed in us” as the Apostle Paul says in Galatians 4 means, at least, that our individual interior lives and characters, as well as our relationships and common corporate character, are “conformed to the image of Jesus” (Romans 8:29). Christian spiritual formation can be conceived of as the re-shaping of the inner life – the spiritual side of our humanity – by the Holy Spirit through God’s means of administering His grace. Christian disciplines, such as meditating on the Scripture, confession, prayer, fellowship, sabbath, fasting, solitude, silence, and the like are tools to help people listen to God speak to them from the Scriptures and then lead them in answering God as personally and honestly as they can in lives of prayer. Christian spiritual formation is not individualistic. The formation of our interior lives only happens in and through a community committed to sharing the life and practice of the Christian faith together.
The God of the Bible is first and foremost a god who gives and serves; he is a God of grace. And the people who have come to know him, experienced his grace, and share in the fellowship of his Triune life and love will be a giving and serving people, a people of grace. In Luke 9 Christ calls us to serve him in word and deed, inside the church and outside the church, locally in Austin and internationally around the world, through giving money and through giving labor, in our individual vocations and in corporate initiatives, by making food and by making art. All Saints seeks to live as salt and light in Austin, as a city within a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden.*The information above was taken from a larger document written by Senior Pastor, Rev. Tim Frickenschmidt outlining the basic concepts behind All Saints’ mission as a church. You can read the whole document here.