Sermon - worship the father in spirit and truth

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Message by Robin Liew on 10 Mar 2013

Text of Sermon - worship the father in spirit and truth

  • 1. WORSHIP THE FATHER IN SPIRITAND IN TRUTH John 4: 23-24

2. INTRODUCTIONJohn 4:20-24 3. LEGITIMACY John 4:20 Our fathers worshiped on thismountain, but you Jews claim that the placewhere we must worship is in Jerusalem." Q : Where is the Legitimate place of worship ? Our Focus WE EQUATE LEGITIMACY OF WORSHIP TO PLACE/STYLE. WE REMAIN AT THIS LEVEL. 4. UNIVERSAL ACCESS John 4:21 Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman,a time is coming when you (Samaritans) willworship the Father neither on this mountainnor in Jerusalem. LOCATION DOES NOT DETERMINE THELEGITIMACY OF WORSHIP ACCESS TO WORSHIP is not determine byPEDIGREE/CREED/RACE 5. UNIVERSAL ACCESS EVERYONE CAN and WILL HAVE ACCESS TOWORSHIP GOD the Father. This is OURPRIVILEGE AND RIGHT. CLEANSING OF THETEMPLE (Luke 19) 6. UNIVERSAL ACCESS Isa 56:7 My house will be called a house ofprayer for all nations. THE HEART AND DESIRE OF GOD, THE FATHER IS FOR ALL TO COME TO WORSHIP HIM 7. Missions is not the ultimate goal ofthe Church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesnt. Worship isultimate, not missions, because God isultimate, not man. When this age is over, andthe countless millions of the redeemed fall ontheir faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity.But worship abides forever. John Piper Let the nations be glad 8. RELATIONSHIP John 4:22 You Samaritans worship what you donot know; we worship what we do know, forsalvation is from the Jews Eph 2: 18 For through Christ, we have access tothe Father by one Spirit. THEREFORE, WORSHIP IS A RESPONSE FROMOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. It is PERSONAL.We cannot worship and we do not know how toworship when we do not know Him. 9. THE RIGHT WORSHIP John 4:23 and 24 Yet a time is coming and hasnow come when the true worshipers willworship the Father in spirit and truth, for theyare the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship inspirit and in truth. Define : WORSHIP , SPIRIT, TRUTH 10. THE RIGHT WORSHIP WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH - to adore,to honour, to demonstrate love (by obedienceand submission), to surrender and offer ourbest/highest to GOD, the Father with ourwhole being (completeness body, soul andspirit), without any deceit or pretension. Inother words, as it really is. 11. THE RIGHT WORSHIP1. OUR LIFE IS A WORSHIP OFFERED TO GOD. LIFE IS WORSHIP AND WORSHIP IS LIFE. Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of Gods mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices,holy and pleasing to God this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12: 1 12. THE RIGHT WORSHIP2. WORSHIP IS NO EXCUSE FOR OBEDIENCE."I hate, I despise your religious feasts; I cannot stand your assemblies. Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them. Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. Amos 5:21-23 (Isa 1 : 10 17)Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the onewho loves me. John 14: 21 13. CONCLUSION LEGITIMACY UNIVERSAL ACCESS RELATIONSHIP THE RIGHT WORSHIP