6.But we want to answer this question: what does the
say about New Testament worship. What can we learn?7.As we think of some Bible basics, we are going to have several lessons aboutworship. Today, we are going to look at a general lesson about worship. Lordwilling, over the next few weeks, we will then have lessons on each of theavenues of worship: prayer, singing, giving, communion, and Bible study. So,today, we will not be looking specifically at any of those subjects, but we willbe trying to lay down the basics of worship.8.I once heard a preacher say that no sermon on worship is worth anythingunless it contains John 4:24, so that will be our main text this morning. MyWednesday night class has seen part of this outline before—when we studied John 4. I say part, because, as I was looking back over my notes from thatclass, I realized that I had forgotten one of the points.9.Brother Wendell Winkler used to preach a sermon on John 4:24 that containedthese five points. I would like to use his five points this morning as we thinkabout worship that pleases God.10.You’ll recall that, in John 4, Jesus is having a discussion with a Samaritanwoman. The subject turns to religion, and in verse 20, the woman mentionsthe location of worship. Jews, of course, worshipped in the temple in Jerusalem, while Samaritans worshipped on Mount Gerazim. Jesus, in verse21, notes that the time is coming when the location would not matter. Weknow that this occurred with the beginning of the church in Acts 2. Wherevermen are, they worship the Father on His day.11.Then Jesus gives the great statement about worship. John 4:24: “God is spirit,and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”12.Several years ago, brotherWinkler was asked to speak on a lectureship inWest Palm Beach, Florida, on the topic “Worship in Spirit and in Truth.” Inthat lecture, he used his famous outline of John 4:24. I mention this becauseI will be borrowing heavily from the written copy of that lecture as we studyworship this morning. Notice his five points from John 4:24 as we studyworship.I.
First, we have the Action: Worship
A.Notice two things from this. First, notice the meaning of the wordstranslated “Worship” in the NT. There are several, but only threeoccurmore than a couple of times. These 3 give us a great picture of what worship is, and what God desires.1.First, we have the word
. 60 times this word is found inthe Greek NT, and it is always translated with the word “worship.”In fact,
, or a form of that word, is the original Greek wordfound in the conversation of John 4. The word is a compound of twowords:
(which means, “toward”) and
(which means “tokiss”). According to Vine, “It is used of an act of homage orreverence” (page 686). Vine says that it is literally translated, “To