How Do We Worship?

Part 2 of 6

Text: John 4:21-23

John 4:21-24

21 Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

We worship in truth.

Truth about:

  • God
    • Name (write) some attributes about God: holy, perfect, all-powerful (omnipotent), all-present (omnipresent), all-knowing
    • God is worshipped as He is, not as we want Him to be!
    • God is Who He has revealed Himself to be in Scripture.
      • The same “jealous God” of the Old Testament is the same God that sent His Son, Jesus to die for our sins. This is His love! He wanted us to know Him, so He made a way.
      • God is not this “old man upstairs” who will strike you dead if you make one mistake.
      • Nor is He a God who is so loving that he just accepts sinful people on their own terms and allows them to go to Heaven only because He is too weak to keep His word.
  • Ourselves
    • Name (write) some attributes about us: flawed, quick to anger, “messed-up”, incapable of holiness (on our own)
    • We cannot save ourselves. We are totally dependant on Him!
    • We are not gods.
    • We are not the object of worship.
    • Our preferences, traditions, and ideas are monumentally insignificant and altogether unimportant compared to God’s will, mental prowess, and divine nature.

“The only “star”, the only One worthy of any praise, compliment, or “back-patting” is the King of kings and Lord of lords Who came up with this whole notion of fellowshipping with Him.”

Joel Dorman in

“Unstuffing Worship” (in manuscript)