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Worship in Truth

Worship in Truth

John 4:23-24

I. True Worshippers
A. Spirit and truth
1. Spirit = pneuma – innermost being
2. Truth = in accord with what is true
B. Vain worship
1. Mt 15:7–9 “You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you: 8‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far away from Me. 9‘But in vain do they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’ ”
C. Self-made religion
1. Col 2:18–23 Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind, 19and not holding fast to the head, from whom the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and ligaments, grows with a growth which is from God. 20If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, 21“Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” 22(which all refer to things destined to perish with use)—in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men? 23These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence.

II. Elements of Worship – All in 1 Corinthians
A. 1 Co 11:2 hold firmly to the traditions
B. Come together: 11:17, 18, 20, 33
1. 14:19, 23, 26, 28, 33, 34, 35
C. Lord’s Supper
1. 1 Co 11:17 I do not praise you
2. 1 Co 11:20 not to eat the Lord’s Supper
3. 1 Co 11:33 when you come together to eat
D. 1 Co 14:26–29 psalm, teaching, revelation, tongue
E. Gender roles
1. 1 Co 14:34–35 women are to keep silent in the churches;
2. 1 Co 14:40 properly and in an orderly manner
F. Giving
1. 1 Co 16:1–2 first day of every week
2. When – first day of every week

III. Musical Traditions
A. 1 Co 4:6 so that in us you may learn not to exceed what is written,
1. 1 Co 11:2 I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you.
2. 2 Th 2:15 stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.
3. 2 Pe 1:3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
B. 1 Co 14:15 What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also. (psallo)
1. James 5:13 Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. (psallo)
2. Hebrews 13:15 Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.
C. Early church did not us instruments
1. Not consistently used until after 1200s
2. Not widespread until after 1500
3. Denunciations in A.D. 100s and 200s

John 4:20–24
20 “Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.”
21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.
22 “You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
23 “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.
24 “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

2 Comments

  1. It is so refreshing to hear this lesson from our Lord’s last will and testament on worshiping Him in spirit and His truth. It concerns me that I often hear about what we like to do in OUR church or in MY church. I did not purchase a church with my blood. Only the Christ did that. It is His church, and I think He is the one who is the authority on how He will be worshipped.
    I am interested in hearing your lessons on women’s roles in the church. This is really needed. Will they be available on your website?
    I am home with the flu today, so I have listened to some of your lessons.

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