Summary: This sermon discusses what worship is and the type of worshippers Jesus is seeking.

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What is Worship? (John 4:21-24)



Several weeks to complete series

At the end – change up our service a little and I’ll explain why later

Would a doctor be successful in his medical practice if he didn’t know what he was doing?

What about an auto mechanic?...if he tried to fix cars without knowing the essential fundamentals or elements of auto repair?

In a similar sense, we cannot worship God in the way that He desires if we don’t know what we are doing.

We need to understand the essential principles of worship and put them into practice

Do you view worship as a burdensome activity? As not that important?

Or, it’s just what we do on Sunday morning?

If you do, your worship has little to do with God

Much of what we call worship today is really not worship at all…I want us to see what worship is from His Word and not what we think it is

My message today is “WHAT IS WORSHIP”

In order for us to truly be able to worship…we need to understand what it is

Read Passage (John 4:21-24) / Pray

Trans: If you could survey the people you pass daily on the streets, you might get some of the following opinions about what worship is.


• It’s a waste of time

o The atheist says worship is unnecessary because there is no God

o No heaven, no God, no gratitude – no point in worship

• It’s a shot in the dark

o The agnostic says “I don’t know WHO to worship”

o Hard to worship someone you can’t see

• It’s up to the individual

o Some say it doesn’t matter who or how you worship

o What’s important – you devote life to serving higher power

o All religions are different roads that lead to same God

• It’s better in a fishing boat

o This view says you can be as close to God in a boat or on a golf course or in my house as a stained-glass sanctuary

o Worship is seeing God in the beauty of the sparkling water, the towering trees and the blue sky

• It’s more common than you think

o Some worship religious leaders – we see this in cults

o Some worship special objects – house, car, boat

o Some worship other people – child, spouse, father, mother, friend

o Some worship hobbies, work, ideas – fishing, hunting, job, position

• It’s done a certain way according to liturgy

o Worship is following a set of repeated religious words or exercises

o Emphasis is on standing up, sitting down, bowing or some other ritual

o Traditional clothing and religious phrases are key elements

• It’s something that happens at church

o Some feel it is a specific time at a specific church setting

o Stained-glass windows, traditional hymns, soft organ music

o Or live band, special lighting, contemporary music

Does anyone really know what worship is all about? Can we define it?

Truth is…Man was made to worship

God’s Word tells us about the definition of worship and what kind of worship God expects from us

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