Summary: God seeks for worshippers because the place of Lucifer and the 1/3 of angels that worshipped God was empty and was replaced by God’s creation of the human race. The same place which Lucifer condemned, God would place man to worship Him. It is a disgrace t
Opening illustration: Lowell Ogden tells the story of a little boy who lived out in the country around the turn of the century. He had never seen a traveling circus, and one was coming to his town on Saturday. When he asked his father for permission to go, his dad said he could provide his chores were done early. Saturday morning came. Chores finished, the little boy asked his father for some money to go to the circus. His dad reached down in his overalls and pulled out a dollar bill, the most money the boy had ever seen at one time. Off the little wide-eyed fellow went. As he approached the town, he saw people lining the streets. Peering through the line at one point, he got his first glimpse of the parade. There were animals in cages and marching bands. Finally, a clown was seen bringing up the rear of the parade. The little boy was so excited that when the clown passed, he reached in his pocket and handed him the precious dollar bill. Thinking he had seen the circus when he had only seen the parade, the little boy turned around and went home. Isn’t it sad that some people come to church like this little boy who went to the circus? They may come with the intent to worship God, but all they see is the parade – the parade of liturgy, hymn singings, prayers, and preaching. They peer through their pews at all the activity and then turn to go home at 12:00 noon; thinking they have been to God’s house, but yet they missed the main event – a personal encounter with Jesus Christ!
Introduction & Background: The Samaritan woman asks Jesus which worship is better i.e. the Samaritan way or the Jewish way. The Samaritans had a vibrant worship but missed who God was. The Jews knew who God was but had the ritualistic liturgical worship. They both missed what God really wanted.
1. Meaning of Worship: 1 Chronicles 16: 29
It is our response to what God has done for us through Jesus Christ …
Proskunu (proskunei/n) – to kneel, to bow, to fall prostrate flat on the ground (face down, hands raised/stretched) @ another’s feet
True worship involves-
• Reverence = John 4: 24
Spirit – personal nature of worship involves intellect, emotions and will.
Truth – speaks of the content of worship – God is pleased when we worship His true character.
• Public expression = Leviticus 7: 12 [Thanksgiving Offering in OT]
• Service = Deuteronomy 8: 19 – 20 [Obedience to God]
How to worship? It is so shameful that a stadium full of people (possibly 60,000+ people) are shouting, screaming and cheering a team of football players chasing a dead leather ball filled with air. Whereas the churches remain empty and even those who come for worship seem to be least interested in it. There is no exuberance like the one at a game!! At times it is even discouraged.
Romans 12: 1 – 2 = Ultimate worship
3. Reason to worship God: John 4: 23
Be satisfied coming to the fellowship or church and having our names written in the church register. Before no one wanted to say “Praise the Lord!” or “Halleluiah” but now everyone wants to articulate it with glee.