Jesus read the question of the heart. 4:16
Sin exposed - Woman on the spot - 4:17
Clever cop-out - 18,19 Praise - 18 Diversionary question - 19
Jesus' response to the Samaritan woman reveals the true nature of worship
and directions for it's practice.
Before we look at these directions let me ask a reflective question.
What is worship? Adoration Communication Praise Reverence Renewal
Let's keep these words in mind as we reflect on this passage of Scripture
I. TRUE WORSHIP IS REFLECTED BY PURPOSE NOT PLACE - John 4:21,22
A. The Where of Worship - ( As indicated by the book of Acts )
The Temple The marketplace Court of the Priests Vehicle ( chariot )
Private homes Jewish synagogues Third story tenement building Greek
lecture hall Military barracks ( steps of ) Jailhouse By a Riverside Roman
judgement hall King's palace
Let's see - What seems to be missing? Oh, yes, a permanent structure just
for that purpose.
The only place they didn't preach or teach is about the only place that we
do either - the church building.
The early church didn't have a building so they concentrated on the train
not the station;
The movement not the sanctuary.
There is no evidence of Christians having private worship centers until
well into the third century.
I'm not advocating burning or selling all of our church buildings but
let's reevaluate what they are for: Arsenals for God's soldiers Filling
stations for God's task force
Launching pads for God's satellites Outposts for refreshing God's troops.
Let's take the Gospel back out in the world where it is needed.
Let's be the people of God on the move not the audience of God sitting in
B. The What of Worship "For where two or three are gathered in My name,
there am I in the midst of them. " Jesus Matthew 18:20
Fellowship of the Forgiven - 16-22 Faith Strengthener - 23
Focussed Development -24
Consider one another
Provoke one another unto love
Provoke one another into good works
Friendly Encouragement - 25
The church is not a gathering place for the saints, it is a gathering of
II. TRUE WORSHIP IS CONDUCTED ACCORDING TO GOD'S WORD - John 4:23,24
Truth: Jesus said, I am the Truth Jesus said, My word is truth
Worship of the first church - Acts 2:40-42
Salvation - 40,41
Worship in Spirit & Truth - 42
Spirit - Fellowship & Prayers
Fellowship - horizontal spirit to spirit communication
Prayer - Vertical spirit to Spirit communication
Truth - Apostle's Doctrine & the Lord's Supper
Apostle's Doctrine - Reading, preaching, teaching, admonishing,
correcting, training with the Word of God.
Lord's Supper - Symbolic truth of the real reason for our existence.
Flash Cards - Are these elements present here in the first church?
Should they be present in today's church? (The church of what's happening
III. TRUE WORSHIP IS A SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE - John 4:21,22
You are called to be present - " I'm with you in spirit, preacher. " "Quit
haunting me and come in person. "
You are called to more than a bodily presence.
Let's revisit Acts 2:42
Is Prayer a Spiritual exercise?
Public - Can you say amen?
Can we address your needs?
Private - Intercession
Test cards: Is prayer love? Is prayer communication? Is prayer praise? Is
prayer respect ?
Is prayer renewal?
Is the Breaking of Bread a spiritual exercise?
Do we experience Love? ...Communication? ... Praise? ... Respect? ...
Is fellowship ( sharing, participation, cooperation, contribution, sharing
) love? ... Communication? ... Praise?... Respect? ... Renewal?
Read John 4:25, 26
Our worship experience is to launch us into service in order to reach
every community and every culture within the community.
Illustrate with Dish TV. I have access to an abundance of information
because it is beamed to me from satellites that were launched into space.
Are you an information source for those who need to know Christ or are you
out of kilter and not avilable for service?
Let us use the means to worship as a means to spiritual worship.
Love Communication Praise Respect Renewal
Don't just fill a pew, fulfill a destiny. Are you a satellite or a settee?
I that speak to you am He, Jesus said
You shall be my witnesses!