True Worship: Worship In Spirit And In Truth
21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, 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 the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
WORSHIPPING GOD IN SPIRIT
2. This explanation is in keeping with the context - cf. Jn 4:24
- c. Jesus began by saying "God is Spirit..."
- d. The worship of God is to be "in spirit" (i.e., spiritual)
- f. men must offer a worship corresponding with the nature and attributes of God. - J. W. McGarvey
- g. Since he is Spirit, he must receive spiritual worship... - B.W. Johnson
- h. A pure, a holy, a spiritual worship, therefore, is such as he seeks the offering of the soul rather than the formal offering of the body - the homage of the heart rather than that of the lips. - Albert Barnes A worship was coming that was more in keeping with God's nature!
- j. A physical structure (tabernacle)
- k. Special priesthood, clothing for priests
- l. Lamp stands, burning incense
- m. Instruments of music
- n. Feast days
- o. Animal and meal sacrifices
- p. All which appealed to the carnal or physical senses of man
- q. God's temple is now spiritual, made up of Christians - 1 Co 3:16; Ep 2:19-22
- r. All Christians are priests, offering up spiritual sacrifices - 1 Pe 2:5,9
- s. Our prayers are as sweet incense - Re 5:8
- t. Our music is making melody with the heart, not the harp – Ep 5:19
- u. The Lord's Supper - Ac 20:7; 1 Co 10:16-17; 11:17-34
- v. Spiritual sacrifices of praise and service - He 13:15; Ro 12:1- The emphasis is on the spirit of man, not his physical senses!
Physical ordinances of the Old covenant were until "the time of reformation" (He 9:9-10), which occurred with the coming of the New Covenant. As Jesus proclaimed, the new worship is more in keeping with the nature of God ("God is spirit..."), designed to relate more to the spiritual side of man. Now let's examine..
WORSHIPPING GOD IN TRUTH
- a. Romans 12: 1 - A life holy and pleasing to God.
3. John 6: 63 The Word of God is of spirit and they are life. Through living obedient to the Word can we truly live a life of worship to God, worship that is in Spirit and in Truth.
4. 1 Samuel 15: 22-23 To obey the Word of God is greater than any offering that we can give.
MUSIC A CHRISTIAN WORLD VIEW
What does music to a Christian? Throughout the world, there are all types of music styles and preferences. There are many people who love music. But what does music mean to a believer of Jesus Christ?
Psalm 69:30-31 “I will praise God’s name in song”
Our praises are received more preciously than even the greatest Old Testament offering. For the Israelites, they offered three types of offerings: a dove, a lamb, and a cow (heifer). If you didn’t have a cow, then you would offer a lamb, and if you don’t have a lamb offering, then you sacrifice a dove. So it says that more than the best offering you could give, the offering of praise is regarded as more precious. Our praises are the fragrant offerings given to the Lord.
In Isaiah 40, it says “Comfort, comfort my people.”
Secondly, music has the power to comfort and heal others. In 1Samuel 16:23, it is the scene where the music from David’s harp would bring relief to King Saul, and the evil spirit would leave him. In today’s era, we know that music is effective in therapy. Beyond physical healing, music can bring healing to our hearts. When in despair or hurt, music can lift our souls from the depths of the pit. Music can bring hope to its listeners when even words can’t.
Exodus 15:19-21 “The Lord is my song, he has become my salvation”
Most importantly, music is a way for us to rejoice in our salvation. When the Israelites went through the Red Sea on dry ground while the Egyptian army was drowned, that event was their salvation from 500 years in slavery. In receiving salvation, the whole Israelite nation sang and danced to rejoice in their salvation. A little more than 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ gave His life on the cross so that we may be set free from our sin and be given new life. The event of the cross and resurrection is our reason why we sing, as it was the reason why the Israelites sang and danced at the Red Sea. With music, Christians can rejoice in our God, who has become our salvation.
WHO'S IN A WORSHIP TEAM
- To be a connection between the minister of service and the worship team
- To take care of the spiritual condition of team members
- To make decisions in leading worship music in service
- To lead worship service, concentrating on the congregation
- To take care of musical direction and harmony of worship team members
- To deliver the lyrics and message with harmony
- To support the worship leader
- To lead the congregation to participate in singing
- To help the congregation focus on God during service through music.
- To accompany the message effectively with music
- Acoustic Guitar
- Chordal accompaniment
ㆍ Bass Guitar
- Grounds the tune's harmonic framework
ㆍ LEAD GUITAR
ㆍ Usually playing the written melody or improvising
ㆍ Instruments frequently take turns performing this role
- Good for comping, chordal accompaniment
Keyboards ㆍ Piano
- Drums and/or Hand Percussions
- To set the rhythm and tempo of songs
- Supporting melodic parts
SONGWRITER & ARRANGER
- To write/arrange songs fitting to the message and arrangement of the team
- To balance all sounds and instruments through the audio equipment
- To record the worship
- To improve visual look of praise
- Responsible for MediaShout, Powerpoint, etc.