Should We ‘Dress Up’ for Church?

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things and by your will they existed and were created.” Rev 4:11

Should men wear ties to church? Should women wear dresses?

Jesus is the King of Glory. The Gospel is the story of how God became man and bore the just penalty for the sin of the world. Jesus is our Savior! Jesus is our Substitute! Jesus is our Atonement! Jesus is our Lord! Jesus is, as stated, the King of Glory! We gather each week on the day of the resurrection to worship our living Savior. We come together to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. We preach the written and inspired Word of God. Each week, we want Christ and Christ alone!

The Gospel is the good news of Christ’s finished work. By faith, we are justified, or declared righteous before a Holy God. This faith is a gift, given and enabled by the Holy Spirit, wherein we trust, believe, and rest in Christ’s perfect life and atoning sacrifice. The death of Christ was accepted by God as a satisfactory sacrifice, evidenced by the resurrection. After three days in the grave, Jesus was vindicated by the power of God. We live, because he lives! We have been joined to this living Christ by faith. This union with him secures our every blessing under heaven. We are kept by the power of the Holy Spirit, having been purchased by the New Covenant blood of King Jesus.

The Gospel offers complete and total redemption and yet, at the same time, rest. We do not have to work in order to obtain favor from God. Grace is given without regard to our works of righteousness. Indeed, our righteousness is filthy rags! The law declares that we need a greater righteousness than our own. This righteousness is the righteousness of Christ, earned by his active obedience, and imputed to us by faith. The law of God is written on our hearts, and our new heart of flesh desires obedience, but it is never the grounds of our assurance or the means by which we earn grace. There is rest in Christ! There is refuge in Christ! There is assurance in Christ! There is peace in Christ! We are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone!

So… You’re concerned about what you wear? Seems trivial when we consider the marvelous, spectacular, mind-blowing, earth-shattering, life-transforming, amazingly glorious Gospel. So wear a tie. Wear a dress. Wear a T-shirt. Just make sure you also wear the righteousness of Christ. He is our Sunday’s Best.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Pastor Matthew S. Rickett

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