Worship in Spirit and Truth
Topic: Worship Scripture: John 4:15–4:26
4 angles of worship: worship’s issue, worship’s formula, worship’s power, and worship’s goal
Worship’s issue: sin
Romans 1:23-25 - “And exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their heart to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator who is blessed forever! Amen.
Your most fundamental problem in life is a worship problem
Worship leads to serving, and serving displays our worship
Sin can be understood as a “worship exchange” - giving up God for something else in creation.
Worship’s Formula: spirit and truth
Put John 4:21-26 here
Jesus permanently destroys the “location of worship” argument
- It isn’t about a temple or mountain, and it never was
Jesus does not put spirit against truth. He unashamedly puts them completely together
spirit and truth: inflamed hearts and informed minds
spirit and truth are not at odds… they’re best friends!
Worship’s power: the gospel
True worship of God in spirit and truth happens when we know the gospel - who Jesus is and what he has done
Knowing the truth drives passionate worship of God the Father, through Jesus Christ
Worship’s Goal: praise
Praise = “Halle” in Hebrew. As a command: “Hallelujah” - “Hey you, praise!”
The goal of all worship is praise of God. Adoration, heart and mind engaged together in exalting him as our Ultimate Treasure