Come as you are – we really mean this.
I have worked in the inner-city for a number of years and I cannot tell you how many times I have picked up children for church and they told me that they could not come because they did not have “Church Clothes”.
I believe this breaks the heart of God when people feel like they can not come to church because they do not have the “right” clothes. We need to be careful that the traditions we have in the church line up with the heart of God and are founded in His Word. Did you know “church clothes” or wearing “Sunday’s best” is not in the Bible. It is a teaching/tradition of man.
– Pastor Chris Tress
Here’s a little snapshot of our history. Bow Down Church was born in 2009 out of Urban Youth Impact, a ministry that serves 300-400 people on a weekly basis in the Tamarind Community. Pastor Chris Tress and his wife, Colleen, have served in the inner city since 1999. They currently live in the Tamarind community with their two children, Christopher and Riley.
Bow Down is a Christ-centered, disciple making church that places a high value on teaching the Bible, building deep relationships, and being on mission with the world around us.
Our Vision is to glorify God by rearranging our lives around the person and practices of Jesus in order to become and make disciples that live in the reality of the Kingdom of God.
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Hebrews 10:31 ,
The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.32 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, “We will hear you again about this.” 33 So Paul went out from their midst. 34 But some men joined him and believed…
Acts 17:30 ,
9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:9-11 ,
“And the master said to the servant, Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame. Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.”
Luke 14:21-23 ,
“Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”
1 Peter 3:3 ,
“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7 ,
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness.”
Matt 23:25 ,
“Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes…”
Mark 12:38 ,
“Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear robes with extra long tassels.”
Matt 23:5 ,
“This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.”
Mark 7:6-8 ,
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