Worship: The Heart of Worship

Pastor Phil Burdoin- April 18, 2021

You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.
John 4:22-24

 

Worship is not about where.

Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
John 4:20-21

 

Worship is not about when.

Worship is not something that you check off your daily list so that you can get on with the real duties in life.

 

Worship is about how.

God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.
John 4:24 ESV

 

Worship is about who.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 14:6

But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”  “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
Mark 14:61-62

 

Worship is not about where or when, it’s about how and who.

Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”
John 4:39-42

 

Bottom Line: Worship is not about where or when, it’s about how and who

  1. Have you ever been in the “right” place at the “right” time? Explain.  Or have you ever been in the “wrong” place at the “wrong” time? Explain.
  2. Why do you think people might say there is a “right place and time” for worship?
  3. Read John 4:20-26: What “problem” is the woman bringing up in verse 20? How might you hear this question phrased today?
  4. In verse 21, whose way did Jesus say was right?
  5. Why would Jesus say Samaritans worship what they do not know? What does it mean that “salvation is from the Jews”? See verse 22.
  6. How would you answer someone if they asked you to describe the type of worship God is pleased with?
  7. What did Jesus mean when he said “his worshipers must worship in the Sprit and in truth.” See verse 24
  8. Share some ways with the group that you worship in the Sprit and truth.
  9. What does verse 25 show about the spiritual state of the Samaritans?
  10. Some say that Jesus was merely a good teacher and never claimed to be anything more. Based on verse 26 is this idea valid?  Explain.