Worship In Spirit & In Truth
11 OCTOBER 2020 | TRADITIONAL SERVICES
Mr Philip Oh
Scripture Passage: John 4:23-24 (NIV)
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Summary | Jesus, in an earlier encounter with the Samaritan woman by the well, had lovingly turned the conversation from well water to living water and worshipping in Jerusalem to worshipping in spirit and truth. (Jn 4:7-23) As we reflect on worship, what might God be saying to us today? This will be covered in the following four themes:
True Worshippers: God is looking for true worshippers. (v23) We have no alternative but to worship with an attitude of reverence. We are worshipping the Almighty God, the creator of heaven and earth. We are to please God by worshipping him with holy fear and awe (Heb 12: 28). We worship God for who He is, to please Him and not so that we can get something from Him. God sees into our hearts and knows our attitudes. Let us prepare ourselves for worship, and worship wholeheartedly. Our worship must be focused on Jesus and not ourselves.
Worshipping in spirit and in truth: True worship is doctrinally grounded and conforms to the revelation of God in scripture. Worship is not meant to be formed by what feels good, but by the light of what is true. Worshipping in spirit is from within our hearts and pours out as an expression of our gratefulness for what God has done for us -- sending his beloved son to die on the cross for our sins. Our worship is sincere and motivated by our love for God. God is spirit, and it is only by the power of God’s Holy Spirit that people can offer true worship to the Father as He really is (v23-24).
The essence of true worship: It is internal and invisible; what is in our hearts and our heads. This is what God looks for because He wants a relationship with us, His beloved children.
Worshipping everyday, everywhere: God is the Lord of our whole lives and we should be worshipping Him everyday and everywhere. The apostle Paul reminds us that worship is what God desires. We are to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship (Rom 12:1). Our spiritual worship offers all that we are, everyday and in every circumstance.
Jesus first loved us and went to the cross to die for us. This sets the perspective for living a life of worship. In return we strive to please Him by how we live. We can do this by loving, praying and caring for the least, the last and the lost. God will say truly as you did to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me (Matt 25:40). The heart of worship is all about Jesus.
(Sermon Notes by Denis Koh)
PONDER | REFLECTION QUESTIONS
1. In pairs, what is your key takeaway from the sermon?
2. As a small group, discuss whether the group is currently "worshipping in spirit and in truth" during online worship services over the past couple of months. Use the following questions to get your discussions started:
- How do each of you prepare for online worship services?
- Do you worship alone, or with others? Who?
- Do you worship at a regular time, and in a regular place?
3. What is the role of the Holy Spirit?
4. Finally, round up the discussions by sharing what actions the Holy Spirit might be prompting you to take.
5. Pray in groups of 2 or 3, asking for God's help and enablement.