by Jerry Branch

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Worship: The Right Place is Where? (5 of 5)
Series: Life-Lessons from Jesus' Encounter with the Woman at the Well
Jerry Branch
John 4:20-30

Today, from our passage there are several things that are very good LIFE-LESSONS about the Heart of WORSHIP and the CHURCH.

So, starting in verses 20-22, which say, (NIV84) 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.

There's an age-old controversy the Samaritan Woman brings out, that dealt with WHERE is the RIGHT PLACE to Worship.

But Jesus is quick to bring her back to the heart of the matter...and that is, that Worship is NOT about putting in an APPEARANCE for God at the 'Right PLACE', but it is about having the RIGHT HEART attitude and about the ONLY kind of Worship that is actually ACCEPTABLE to God.

Isn't that kind of argument so often what affects us here in our day and time?

Think about how many times Christians today get sidetracked when talking about WHY Worship is in fact Important, but end up turning it into WHERE or WHAT PLACE or CONTEMPORARY vs. TRADITIONAL or Hymns vs. Praise Music or some other non-Biblical issue?

I think that what we see here though, is about as clear of explanation on the WHY and the WHAT of worship
that we'll find anywhere in the Bible.

So, Let's look for a minute FIRST, at Just WHAT it is,
and WHY it is that the Samaritan Woman is bringing this thing of PLACE of Worship up in the first place.

Obviously it's another of her 'smoke screens.'

It's just like what we saw from the beginning where Jesus encounters her, here she is just using the same tactic again for the same reason...

she's throwing up that smoke screen...

So what she's trying to ...

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