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Summary: The 3rd and concluding lesson in the "Why We Worship" series.

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Christ Anchored Tabernacle

Pastor Jonathan Sanders

January 22, 2013

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John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Why We Worship

A Series On Pentecostal Worship

A Life of Worship

Introduction: A Life of Worship

People do not choose whether or not they will worship. They choose what they will worship. Worship is innate within humanity. It is written upon the heart of man by the hand of God. Worship, though certainly flowing through the filters of cultural expression and personality is not culturally induced or based upon personality type. It is not a learned experience. We as humans are wired for worship. The drive to worship is as inherent and real to humanity as food-seeking or self-preservation.

Worship is a way of life. What we worship forms the basis of our total philosophy in life. It controls our body, soul, and spirit. What we worship is that which our life is focused upon more than anything else. We submit to the object of our worship. We become obligated and yield control to it.

Jesus said to the woman at the well,

John 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

He was saying unto her, “Woman, you know who you worship, but you don’t really know him.” The Samaritans rejected the prophets and the Psalms. They essentially cut themselves off from a fuller knowledge of God.

Jesus says unto her, “The true worshiper worships Him this way…in spirit and in truth.” Worshiping God is more than just a mental exercise and a mere outward ritual. Paul lets us know that the spiritual worshiper has an understanding of the things of the spirit:

Romans 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

God is a spirit. Those who are true worshipers of God must elevate their worship beyond what they can see and touch. The true worshiper lives his life with a focus on things invisible and eternal which the Spirit has revealed.

Romans 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

We do not worship strictly by ritual at church, but when we become a true worshiper of God, our life becomes a lifelong pilgrimage of worship. Our body becomes a temple of worship.

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.


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