Summary: This message is about Jesus correcting our misconceptions about worship and mandating as to how our worship can be a valid and worthy experience.
Theme: “Working the worth back into worship
Text: John 4:21-30
Pre – Introduction
From the passage of Scripture that was so eloquently read, John 4:21-30) kindly allow us to meditate together on the subject:
“Working the worth back into worship"
While the human heart desperately craves for the opportunity to express itself in worship, our Lord Jesus shows us that we can only put the value and worth back into a worship
- By accepting His Message of worship and
- By acting in His Mandate toward our God who deserves our highest devotion.
Let us pray:
As we gather in this hallowed sanctuary, I believe it is truly a fitting prelude to the melodious reality which John the Beloved Disciple plays out for us in the text to which the Holy Spirit has assigned us today. That prelude is that we take a brief and spiritual, but imaginary journey back into time and our destination is the University of Christianity. As sit at that illustrious but imaginary institution, may it be our top most priority to learn some ultimate truths about what makes worship a valid and worthy experience... Are you with me?
You see church, it is important for us to do so because at the heart of every religious experience, there is the worship of something or someone. But just because we are worshipping something or someone does not necessarily mean that we are worshipping in a worthy and a valid manner, in so as far as the One who deserves our worship, the Lord Almighty is concerned.
But having said that, let me let you know that worship, like marriage, is the desperate cry of every human heart, and unless a person has some physical, physiological or psychological problem, s/he would one day hope to experience this thing called marriage. And yet like marriage, worship is a thing that many of us frequently understand little or nothing about.
In worship, like marriage we see many people, even Christian folks, so hastily jumping in and jumping right back out of it in a matter of weeks, months or years, because they are exhausted and frustrated and they want out of it… Similarly, we see even Christian folks jumping into a church building, shouting some words, shaking their bodies and jumping out of the sanctuary a few hours later, but far more empty spiritually than when they got there at first…
Why? It is because of what we believe and hold to be true about this precious thing called worship…
So, you see church, worship is like marriage in the sense that true worship is only a worthy and a valid experience when we work at it… am I speaking to somebody?
Turn to your neighbor, say neighbor… Worship works… But you’ve got to work… Turn to someone else and say neighbor… I don’t know about you… but I’m ready to work it… Halleluyah!
And so, my brothers and sisters, as we disembark from the spiritual jet that lands us on the shores of Christianity, I see:
- The author of this Gospel,
- I see John the beloved disciple of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ;