ETS Sermon 120913-Proper Worship Of God-December 9, 2013


I.  Introduction:  Consider the following scriptures that relate to Intimacy and The Kingdom Of God.  Let them help you to solidify your worship of God.

A.  Intimacy:

1.  Genesis 4:1 (ESV)
Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the LORD.”

2.  Exodus 33:7-11 (NAS)
7 Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, a good distance from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting. And everyone who sought the Lord would go out to the tent of meeting which was outside the camp. 8 And it came about, whenever Moses went out to the tent, that all the people would arise and stand, each at the entrance of his tent, and gaze after Moses until he entered the tent. 9 Whenever Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent; and [a]the Lord would speak with Moses. 10 When all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would arise and worship, each at the entrance of his tent. 11 Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. When [b]Moses returned to the camp, his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.

3.  John 17:3 (ESV)
And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

4.  Philippians 3:10 (NAS)
that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;

B.  The Kingdom Of God:

1.  Matthew 6:10: (KJV)
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

2.  Mark 4:30: (NAS)
He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it?

3.  john 10:10:  (NKJ)
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly

4.  John 3:3: (KJV)
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

5.  Luke 17:20-21: (ESV)
Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”

6.  Luke 17:21: (KJV)
Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

7.  Romans 14:17 (KJV)
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

C.  Worship:

1.  Scripture:  John 4:20-24: (NAS)

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 [a]spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

a.  In verse 21, Jesus said to the woman, “the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.” (NKJ).  The Jews had their temple in Jerusalem;  Mount Zion was their place of worship.  The Samaritans, who had rejected all of Old Testament Holy Scripture, except the Pentateuch, had their central sanctuary at Mount Gerizim.  Jesus pronounced the end of Mount Gerizim as the place of worship for Samaria, and also for Jerusalem for the Jews, in anticipation of its destruction in just a few years. 

b.  In verse 22, Jesus said, “You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.”  (NKJ).  Jesus was saying that the woman was an agnostic, which comes from the Greek word, “agnosis,” which means “without knowledge.”  Jesus was saying that the Samaritans were worshipping without knowledge, but that was not the case with the Jews.  Their (Jews) worship was based on the true knowledge of God, as was revealed of Him in scripture.  So, Jesus was not saying that it did not matter whether a person worshipped in the way of the Samaritans, of in the way of the Jews.  The Jews had the correct way of worshipping God.  Their way was ordained for them by God, because they were the chosen people of God, and He had personally instructed them on the way of worship. 

c.  In verses 23-24, Jesus said, “the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.  God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (NKJ).  Jews and Samaritans knew that God had commanded their ancestors to identify a special place for worshipping Him.  The Jews accepted all of the Old Testament as being God’s Holy Word.  They chose Jerusalem for their place of worship.  The Samaritans followed only the first five books of the Old Testament, the books of Moses.  The place of worship that was recognized by Samaritans was where Abraham had built an altar to God, at Shechem;  it was overlooked by Mount Gerizim.  Jesus discussed true, spiritual, worship, as opposed to physical considerations.  Consider the things that He did not include as He spoke to the Samaritan woman about worship. 

2.  Reflection:

a.  When Mary sang her song of praise to God, her Magnificat, she cried out, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.”  (Luke 1:46b-47, NKJ).  Mary demonstrated true worship.  We are called to honor, exalt, and worship Jesus.  But, we also need to know that Christ came to reconcile us to the Father.  The major focus of our worship must be to the Father, which is why Jesus said that “true worshippers must worship the Father in spirit and truth.”  We worship the triune God, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. But, we must have the greatness of the Father, in all of His majesty, in our minds when we worship. 

b.  In the matter of worshipping the Father “in spirit and truth,” we must seek the truth of Jesus.  What did He mean?  Jesus is not saying that we are to be Holy Spirit devotees, and are to worship God according to the Holy Spirit.  We’re supposed to do that, but Jesus was saying that we should see that our worship comes from the depths of our souls, from our inner spirits, and from the very core of our being. 

c.  We are to come to God with our hearts filled with a sense of awe, reverence, and adoration.  It should be the goal of our worship to be a sacrifice of praise to His name. 

d.  Jesus also said that our worship must be according to truth.  Worship should not be tailored to anything other than what God desires of our worship.  We should worship Him according to what “He” wants.    We must keep a close eye on what we do in worship.  We must ask ourselves simple questions that desire sincere answers.   We must ask:  “Is this the truth of God? Is this God’s teaching in His Word?”  We must base our worship on God’s self-revelation in Scripture.  God is truth; His Word is truth.

II.  Conclusion:

In John 4:9 we read, “…Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.”  (NKJ).  There were dealings among Jews and Samaritans, but they were not intimate in matters of friendship or of evangelism.  Jews were not allowed to share eating utensils with Samaritans.  That is because Jews considered Samaritans to be unclean.  Because of this verse we can see that the Jews were not evangelistic in spreading Judaism.  Instead, they were inclusive.  (In Ezra 10, Jewish men, who had married non-Jewish wives, were told to divorce them.)  In the teaching of Jesus to the Samaritan woman, it is important to see that the focus on worship is that of worshipping in spirit and truth.  Jesus clearly says that the place of worship is not the focus of importance.  He had the perfect setting for stating a day or time of worship, but He did not.  Jesus came to fulfill the law (Matthew 5:17.) When He commissioned His disciples to evangelize the world, he told them to teach “all that He had commanded them.”  Jesus taught intimacy of relationship and worship to the disciples, not time, place, or day of worship.  Not all people who would ultimately accept Christ as their Lord and Savior would have a way of going to Jerusalem to worship.  In AD 70, the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed.  As we lead unbelievers to have a personal relationship with Jesus as their Lord and Savior, we must also teach them the importance of having proper spiritual worship. Ephesians 4:12, “Equipping The Saints”

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