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Sunday Message Notes 14.2
January 14, 2014, 9:14 am
Filed under: Devotion

Our Pastor opened by saying our first step on this epic journey of 2014 is to look at how we worship. He asked us to remember our first impression of church, what does it mean to me now, and what is the primary purpose of going to church for you?
We read the scripture found below, John 4:1-24. In v19-24 What does the woman at the well ask Jesus? Basically, where are you to worship? Jesus’ response is, it doesn’t matter. (Because everything is about to change.) True worship is in “spirit and truth”. The Old Testament way was about following the law and ceremony. In the New Testament, worship is open. ‘The veil was torn and all could enter to worship in the holy of holies.’ v24 You worship in ways like singing, living, praising Him in the storm.
God is a spirit present everywhere. How do we worship Him? Through the Holy Spirit living/dwelling in us. John 16:7-8. and 12-13. John 14:26, Romans 8:26-27. The Holy Spirit is in us, interceding, and when we cannot find the words to express ourselves, worshipping for us. In an epic manner, there needs to be more to our worship. God is inviting us to his presence, in true worship.

John 4:1-24 NIV

1Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— 2although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
4Now he had to go through Samaria. 5So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
7When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8(His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans. #
4:9Or do not use dishes Samaritans have used
10Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
11“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
13Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
15The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
16He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
17“I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
19“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23Yet 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. 24God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”


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