TOPIC: PRAISE & WORSHIP II
TEXT: JOHN 4:19-24, PHIL 3:3,
AIM: TRUE WORSHIP; worshiping in Spirit and in truth
FROM LAST WEEK
The bible is a Christocentric book, it testifies of Jesus (John 5:39). Wrong interpretation of the scripture produces wrong information, wrong information produces wrong thinking, wrong thinking produces wrong confession, wrong confession produces wrong action, and wrong action produces wrong result. Our understanding of the scripture is we seeing everything in the Light of Christ (Luke 24:45).
Last week, we saw how that our worship as believers isn’t about singing slow songs but rather Christian service. It is our service, adoration, gratitude and as well honour to God. Also we saw that in worship, it is not worship that elevates the object of worship. Rather, the object of worship is in an elevated status hence, the worship.
OFFERING: THE BASIS ELEMENT IN WORSHIP
Due to the fall of man, man began to seek forgiveness of sins. Thus, offering blood sacrifices for propitiation i.e. to appease, to conciliate. (Gen 8:20, Gen 22:5).
JESUS’ BLOOD, THE PERFECT OFFERING
The offering of the old testament was symbolic of Jesus offered for us (Heb. 9:11-12)
Jesus’ blood purifies our conscience (Heb 10:1-5)
Jesus went in on our behalf. (Heb. 6:20, Heb 9:12)
Jesus sacrifice was once and for all (Heb 10:2,10-14)
Sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary (Heb. 10:17-18)
OUR BODIES IN SERVICE
Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (1Cor 6:19, 1Cor 3:16)
It has been bought with a price (1Cor 6:20, 1Cor 7:23)
We are to honour (worship) God with it (1Cor 6:20)
We are to present it in service to God (Rom 12:1)
The man who comes through Jesus (i.e. a man in Christ) is perfect, sanctified and is a true worshipper (Heb. 13:15). When a man is born of the spirit, he is a true worshipper based on what Jesus has done. Our singing is valid not because of the melodies neither is it valid because of the harmony but it is valid only because of Christ offering.
As believers, if we look at the value of our worship to God today, we look at the value of the blood of Jesus. Jesus’ offering has qualified our bodies to serve God (1Pet 2:5). Thus whatever we do with our body, we are accountable for.
Now that I am in Christ, I choose to Worship God with my body.
Based on our study so far,
1. What can be deduced from the discussion Jesus had with the Samaritan Woman in John 4?
2. Explain the term “Worship”.
3. What makes our worship acceptable