Maturing in our Worship ~ The Place of Worship
19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Worship refers to the actions motivated by an attitude and desire to honour and celebrate the worth of another person (God).
Worship is our Response to God. Respond to God and become one with God.
Worship can be seen as our Devotion to God.
Worship is our willingness to Submit to God’s will.
Worship allows us to live in harmony with God.
True worship is motivated by a desire for being in God’s presence.
The place of Worship is in the heart:
The heart connects what we do both in private to what we do in public worship.
True worship is not confined to a physical place nor space.
True worship is not dependent on what songs are chosen.
True worship is not dependent on how we feel but on the state of our hearts.
Whether Jews or Samaritans, Protestant or Evangelical, worship from the heart promotes substance over hype.
True Worship is offered in Spirit and in Truth
God is Spirit
A self-sufficient and independent Spirit
An eternal Spirit
An unchangeable Spirit
An omnipresent Spirit
An all-knowing Spirit
God is Truth
When we are in God’s presence, we cannot pretend as God sees beyond our Mask.
Because God is Truth
- Our desire for God, through worship must be genuine
- Our Faith and trust in God must be unwavering
- Gratitude to God must be reflected in our worship of God
The place of Worship is in the heart.
True Worship is offered in Spirit and in Truth.
God is Spirit, and his worshippers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.