A Worship Centered Life

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1. The Confession of Sin (v.16-20)
2. The Call to Be True Worshippers (v.21-24)
3. The Christ Who Was Prophesied (v.25-26)

Sermon Text:

John 4:16-26

16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” 17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” 19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”

Sermon Notes

The Worship-Centered Life
One of my favorite definitions of a Christian is found in Phil. 3:3. Paul defines a true believer as one whom: “worships in the Spirit of God, glories in Christ Jesus, and places no confidence in the flesh.” He begins with worship that explodes into the glory of Christ and ends with humility. Worship is ascribing worth to God (Psalm 29:1). Practically it is giving all that we are for all that He is (cf, Romans. 12:1-2).

The Cross Church is a worshipping Missional church that seeks to live daily in the presence of His glory in community. How is this done? Consider the following:

The Missional Church is committed to biblical fidelity and cultural viability. It’s the philosophical conviction that for genuine ministry to flourish, one must lead with theology/doctrine and not with pragmatics.

The Missional Church is about remaining true to what the Scripture calls us to do as a church as a sign of our faithfulness to Jesus Christ: proclaiming the gospel; preaching the Word; presenting every man mature in Christ; making disciples; calling people to repentance in Christ; worshipping God; caring for the needs of others; loving our neighbor; etc. And then developing passageways for them to be engaged in service to God and others by using their gifts for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Missional Church is dedicated to the propagation of the gospel of Jesus lived vs. the gospel of capitalism. the gospel of self-esteem, the gospel of seeker-sensitivity, or the gospel of political-works-righteousness lauded.

The Missional Church teaches that all saints are to use their Spirit given giftedness as stewards of the manifold grace of God, for the advancement of His Kingdom, in the power of the Holy Spirit, by His Word, for the service of others, culminating in the praise and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Missional Church is resolved to living daily in presence of the glory of God in all things.

May we worship the Lord our God today in spirit and in truth!