Net Questions:

1. When we think of worship in terms of God being a Heavenly Father who desires to have a loving relationship with His children, is it so strange that God desires our worship? What are your thoughts?

2. What are some reasons God deserves your worship?
Psa 40:5  Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.
1 Tim 1:15  Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners--of whom I am the worst.
1 Tim 1:16  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.
1 Tim 1:17  Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

3. How does worship help us know who God is?
Eph 3:16  I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
Eph 3:17  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
Eph 3:18  may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
Eph 3:19  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Eph 3:20  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
Eph 3:21  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

4. Genuine worship helps us become more aware of God’s presence in our lives and impacts the worshiper’s life. Why?
Psa 51:10  Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Psa 51:11  Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Psa 51:12  Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.


Sermon Notes

Engage in Worshiping Part 2
John 4:39-42

Let's go to the Lord in Prayer and ask Him to teach us and to anoint His message today!!

PRAY!

Let's go back and review for just a moment. Last week we read the whole story of the woman at the well, found in the Gospel of John.

Jesus was on a journey and His disciples had gone into town to purchase food. Jesus stayed back at Jacob's well to rest. A Samaritan woman had come out to the well to draw water. She was by herself.
Jesus asked her for a drink of water and this served as the catalyst for quite a discussion.

We discover the woman was by herself because of her outcast status in her community. She had been married five times and was not married to the man she was now living with.

She was a Samaritan, and Samaritans were despised by the Jews of that day. They were considered impure because they had intermarried with pagan people.
I guess you could say she was an outcast among outcast.

However, Jesus didn't see her as an outcast. He saw her as a lonely woman looking for love in all the wrong places.
He saw her as one of God's Children who  needed to know that God loved her unconditionally and had a wonderful plan for her life!

You might remember the woman then turned the conversation away from herself and asked Jesus a question about worship...

“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet.
John 4:19 (NIV)

Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
John 4:20 (NIV)

Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
John 4:21 (NIV)

You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.
John 4:22 (NIV)

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
John 4:23 (NIV)

God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
John 4:24 (NIV)

The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
John 4:25 (NIV)

Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.”
John 4:26 (NIV)

This encounter with Jesus and the woman at the well gives us several concepts of engaging in worship!
Let's review the ones we discussed last week...

Worship Concept 1

With genuine worship, it doesn't matter who you are!

Worship Concept 2

God asks for something from us in worship, but what He offers in return is more than we could ever give!

Worship Concept 3

God wants us to be completely honest in our worship!

Worship Concept 4

Place and style of worship are not the important things!

Worship Concept 5

The big issue in worship is your motive!

Guess you could say in Genuine Worship it...

It doesn't matter...
who you are!
what you've done!
where you worship!
when you worship!
how you worship!


It Does matter who you worship and why you worship!

I want to talk to you a little more about the motive of worship.

Let me ask you a question....

Is there any thing wrong or weird about a woman who wants her husband to love and cherish her? Is there anything wrong with wanting her husband to say good things about her, especially in public, and to respect her deeply?

Is there anything wrong with a man wanting his wife to honor him and respect him? Is there anything wrong with a husband wanting his wife to be proud of him?

How about parents? Is there anything wrong with them wanting their children to love them and respect them? Is there anything wrong with hoping, when the peer pressure is on, that you kids would actually stand up for the things you have taught them?

Is there anything wrong with grandparents hoping their grandchildren will love and respect them and look forward to coming to visit?

I don't think so.
Show Picture of Ezri:))
Hmmm? I wonder how that picture got in there??

Why is it some people, when they think of
God desiring our worship, our love and our respect, they immediately accuse Him of being egotistical?

This is such a mis-understanding of the concept of worship!

God is our Creator! Our Heavenly Father! Our Savior! Our Provider! Our Friend!

Why on earth would we think it strange that He desires our love, our respect, our obedience, and our friendship, as a part of our relationship with Him?
This actually leads us to where we left off last week...

Worship Concept # 6

God deserves your worship!

Did the woman at the well have reasons to worship Jesus?

Yes indeed!
Jesus was willing to talk to her even though she was an outcast!
Jesus was willing to forgive her of her checkered past!
Jesus offered her the living water!


I don't know about you, but I can relate to the woman at the well. I was an outcast, but, Jesus was willing to talk to me!
Jesus offered me forgiveness for my wickedness! He gave His own life on the Cross for me. He has given me the living water to drink and the bread of life to eat!
Paul put it this way to young Timothy...

1 Tim 1:15  Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners--of whom I am the worst.

1 Tim 1:16  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.

1 Tim 1:17  Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Paul gave one of his greatest reasons for worshipping God and then proceeded to worship!

Let's stop just a minute. Can you think of some things God has done for you that you should be thankful for? Hmmm?
Can you think of some things in your life God has blessed you with that you are thankful for? Hmmm?

With those things in mind, let's look at that last verse again and I want us to read it out loud together...

1 Tim 1:17  Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

You just engaged in worshipping!

Paul's worship statement leads us to our next concept of worship found in our story...

Worship Concept # 7

Worship helps us discover who God really is!


Have you ever noticed the progression in this story? Jesus goes from Jewish stranger, to prophet, to Messiah, to Savior of the world!

“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet.
John 4:19 (NIV)

“Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ ?”
John 4:29 (NIV)

They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”
John 4:42 (NIV)

When we spend time with God in worship, we begin to realize just who He really is.

It is awe inspiring!
Maybe we should call it the awe factor!

I love the way the Psalmist put it...

Psa 40:5  Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.

Even though they are too many to count, he goes on to say...

Psa 40:8  I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart."

Psa 40:9  I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, as you know, O LORD.


Psa 40:10  I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and salvation. I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly.

This takes us to a concept I alluded to last week...

Worship Concept # 8

Worship will change you!



The woman at the well went from being an outcast to being a leader in her community. Something had happened to her when she met Jesus. She didn't care what other people thought about her anymore!

She didn't care if they thought she was crazy, she had found the Christ, One who knew everything about her, yet was still willing to talk to her, and even drink water out of the same cup!

She told the whole town about Jesus and did it in such a way, they actually followed her to meet Jesus.

Something had changed in her life and people recognized the difference!
They decided to check it out!

Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.”
John 4:39 (NIV)

As I said last week, there's no way a human being can come into contact with Almighty God in worship and walk away unchanged.

I remember when I met the Lord. My life changed so drastically, the talk about me changed.

It went from... "There's no hope for that boy," to
"There's hope for anybody!"

And it's not just at the point of Salvation that worship changes a person.

If you are involved in daily worship with God it will change the way you live. It will change the way you think. It will change the way you interact with your spouse, your children, your co-workers, your school mates and even your enemies.

And I'm not talking about being obnoxious about your faith, being "holier than thou," or being "so heavenly minded your no earthly good."

I'm not talking about becoming a pharisee. The problem with the pharisees was their failure to walk in true worship, their failure to see beyond the letter of the law to understand the purpose of the law.

When you worship in Spirit and in truth, God will give you an attitude like Christ!
You will begin to love like He loved, think like He thought, walk like He walked.
I'm thinking that's a good thing!!!




Spending time with God in worship, allows God to exert positive peer pressure on you and Godly peer pressure is always pressure to do the right things, for the right reasons.

It's really good for you!!!

Paul put it this way when he wrote to the Philippian Church...

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,
Philippians 2:1 (NIV)

then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
Philippians 2:2 (NIV)

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
Philippians 2:3 (NIV)

Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Philippians 2:4 (NIV)

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Philippians 2:5 (NIV)

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
Philippians 2:6 (NIV)

but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
Philippians 2:7 (NIV)

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death —even death on a cross!
Philippians 2:8 (NIV)

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,
Philippians 2:9 (NIV)

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
Philippians 2:10 (NIV)

and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:11 (NIV)

This leads us to our final worship concept for today, but it is powerful and should be understood by all followers of Christ!


Worship Concept # 9

When we worship, God will allow His presence to be known in powerful ways!

So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days.
John 4:40 (NIV)

And because of his words many more became believers.
John 4:41 (NIV)

God wants us to understand fully that He desires to be in our presence. Jesus stayed with them two days!
The really cool thing is that today Jesus offers to stay with us indefinitely, by way of His Holy Spirit!

"must worship in Spirit and in Truth!"

Listen to what Jesus told the disciple concerning the presence of His Spirit...

Mat 18:20  For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."

He is with us in a special way when we are gathered together in His Name.
However, He also walks with us individually because of His Holy Spirit.
Jesus would later inform His disciples of this important information concerning His presence with them...

John 14:15  "If you love me, you will obey what I command.

John 14:16  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever--

John 14:17  the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

Remember the woman at the well wanted to know which mountain to worship on. Jesus made it very clear that worship was not defined by the place...

Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
John 4:21 (NIV)


This is a good thing for us Louisiana people since we don't have a mountain.

I tell people from the hill country, "If you're on a hill in south Louisiana, you're either on a bridge or a levee!"

Jesus spoke of a time when God's presence would be with people wherever they worrshipped and whenever they worshipped...

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
John 4:23 (NIV)

God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
John 4:24 (NIV)

There have been a few people who I've known and you can just tell when they've been in the presence of God! It's in their very countenance, there attitudes, their speech, and their actions.
We should all desire to have such a walk with our God!

There was a man, E.M Bounds who wrote volumes of books on the subject of prayer.
He knew what it meant to spend time in worship, by conversing with God.

It was said of Bounds...

As breathing is a physical reality to us so prayer was a reality for Bounds. He took the command, “Pray without ceasing” almost as literally as animate nature takes the law of the reflex nervous system, which controls our breathing.
Claude L. Chilton—The Complete Works of E. M. Bounds,

I could read you more about E.M. Bounds life of worship, or Billy Graham's, or many other great servant's of God down through the years. I could even tell you about mine, which pales in comparison to those great men of God, but today I encourage you to engage in worshiping God personally. It will transform your life!

They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”
John 4:42 (NIV)

Let's Pray!!