Worship in Spirit and Truth

June 28, 2015 Preacher: Chris Ritter Series: Stand Alone Sermons

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.

 John 4:16-20 

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

Psalm 150 

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

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