An Important Definition...Does Your Definition of Worship Match Jesus' Definition? (2 of 7) by Jerry Branch
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I remember back in school when we had to write out definitions for words...
first we had to spell the word, then write the definition...
Definition is a word that now is used to even describe the high resolution televisions...HDTV.
Webster though, defines the word "definition" as: 2 a : a statement expressing the essential nature of something b : a statement of the meaning of a word or word group or a sign or symbol
With that in mind, let's see how Jesus defines worship.
Turn to John 4:19-26
19 "Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem."
21 Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."
25 The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."
26 Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am he."
John 4:19-26 (NIV)
Last week I shared with you that worship is a 'heart thing'...
and that we who come to worship the Lord, must come with
a 'heart' ready to worship.
So, Worship then has nothing to do with church buildings;
it's got nothing to do with music...either contemporary, or choruses, or hymns;
it's got nothing to do with place...but it has everything to do with heart.
In our passage today, Jesus gives us two keys...
keys which define this thing called worship....
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