Summary: True worshippers worship God in spirit and in truth. Last time we focused on what it means to worship God in spirit. Today we’re going to look at what it means to worship God in truth. Even though we’re looking at them separately, it’s not just about one
Once again, this morning we’re focusing on these few verses in the account of Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well. You remember that as Jesus was presenting the Gospel to the woman, He showed her her sin. And as He showed her her sin, she was convicted. Of course, when she felt that conviction, she wanted to get away from that as soon as possible. So she changed the subject. But she really wasn’t changing the subject as far away as she thought she was. She asked Jesus a question about worship. Who was right? Were her people right in the way they worshipped? Or were the Jews right? Jesus answer is summed up in the words of verse 23 and repeated in verse 24. True worshippers worship God in spirit and in truth. Last week we focused on what it means to worship God in spirit. This morning we’re going to look at what it means to worship God in truth. Next week, we’ll finish our time in this passage by focusing on the “and”. There is a danger in preaching through this passage the way I’m doing it. And that is that some of you will only hear part of it. Some were here last Sunday that aren’t here today. Some are here today that weren’t here last Sunday. I certainly pray that everything I said last week and everything I say this morning are biblically true and beneficial. But I know that if you only get part of it, you’re not getting the full, balanced, biblical teaching on worship. Last week when we looked at spiritual worship, we saw that spiritual worship is liberating. It is not tied to a specific physical location like the tabernacle or the temple anymore. Instead, spiritual worship is tied to the heart of the believer. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and as such, your body is where worship flows from. Spiritual worship is also animating. It is life-giving. Just like God breathed into Adam the breath of life and he became a living soul… Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit into believers when He brings them into new life in Him. And as believers, when we have breathed in the blessings of the Holy Spirit in salvation… we can’t help but breathe out praises and worship to Christ. Finally, we saw that spiritual worship is also sustaining. It is sustaining in that it is a display of our love relationship with Jesus. Just as marriage involves emotional, outward displays of affection, so does our relationship with Jesus as our bridegroom. Our relationship is created and sustained by His worthiness and our outward displays of affection show Him exactly how worthy He is to us. So spiritual worship is liberating, animating and sustaining. But Jesus said that spiritual worship is just part of it. Worship is not just an exercise of the heart. It is also an exercise of the head. Even though we’re looking at them separately, it’s not just about one or the other. As a matter of fact, you can’t truly have one without the other. But I’m getting ahead of myself to next week. This morning we’re looking at the second part of worship. Jesus said that true worshippers will worship the Father in truth. So, what does that mean? What does it mean to worship God in truth? This morning we’re going to answer that question by looking at four characteristics of truthful worship. Truthful worship is centered, it’s grounded, it’s focused, and it is evidenced. First, truthful worship is centered.