TITLE: Worship IS / IS NOT
TEXT: John 4:19-24
PROPOSITION: Jesus helps us define worship.
In recent months – 2 large churches – added instruments to worship.
One added a Saturday night service with communion and IM.
Another added a service with and kept another without IM.
Among churches of Christ many who do not understand what worship is.
Worship is: “A sacrifice of my feelings to God.”
We know what we worship - vs. 22
Before there can be worship – there must be knowledge
Before we can worship – we must know the object of our worship
God seeks worshipers – vs. 23
We must worship in truth – vs. 24
Truth = what God requires
John 17:17 – Thy word is truth.
We must worship in spirit – vs. 24
Alive, vital, spirited
Sing, pray, teach – with life and excitement
Worship is NOT:
A place – a building, a location, an address
A time – 10:00 am to 10:59
A block of time – other things not worship – announcements, baptism
A day of the week – Sunday
An accident - You can not worship God accidentally
Secondary – Worship must be your PRIMARY activity
A body present when others worship
Asleep – sick – think about lunch
Present – but wish you were somewhere else
Wrong frame of mind – angry, worried, not able to focus
Jesus teaches that our worship must have:
The proper AIM
The correct ACTION
The ABSOLUTE obedience
The right ATTITUDE
Outline from a lecture of Dan Winkler at FHU lectureship.
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