Clinton church of Christ

Worship Basics

July 21, 2009

John Allan

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:23-24).

Worship is an expression of adoration. It means to come with adoration, awe, reverence, and sacrifice. It is an action that should be provoked by God’s love for us (1 John 4:19; Psalm 106:1).


We must worship Him because He, 1. Commands us to worship. 2. He seeks true worshippers. God is a jealous God and desires worship. He has from the beginning (Exodus 34:14; Deuteronomy. 8:19). However, God doesn’t just want any worshipers, but He wants true worshippers – ones who worship in spirit and truth (John 4:23).

According to the verse, we MUST worship Him in spirit and in truth… but what does that mean?


According to the New Testament, worship is to be spiritual; my inner man must be involved (Eph. 5:19). Some suggest that this refers to our attitude while worshiping. In either case, our motives and our attitudes must be righteous before God for our worship to be acceptable. It MUST be in spirit!


We need to know the One whom we are worshipping (John 4:22). We must worship in His way (John 17:17; 1 Peter 4:11). It MUST be in truth!

Is everything I do worship?

Some use Proverbs 3:6 as a verse to teach that everything done in life is worship. It is true that we should acknowledge God in all things. It is also true that everything we do should be for the glory of the Father (Matthew 5:16).

However, there is a line between what God expects as worship and the everyday actions of life. All worship is service, but not all service is worship (Exodus 20:5; Jeremiah 25:6; Romans 1:25). Also, notice that from the beginning of time, God’s people have gone to and returned from worship (Genesis 22:5; 1 Samuel 1:19; Acts 14:11).

This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 at 6:49 pm and is filed under Worship.

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