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God-Approved Worship

Intro: Text: John 4:24

A. “Must” – the imperative

B. “in spirit” – from a heart or disposition absorbed in God’s will

C. “In truth” – according to the details of God’s revealed will

I. Not all worship is acceptable to God! Consider:

A. Vain worship: Matt. 15:9

B. Mock worship: Matt. 27:27-30

C. Will worship: Col. 2:23

D. Ignorant worship: Acts 17:23

II. Must understand the purpose of worship:

A. Negative – It is not...

1. Entertainment : not human-centered; but God-directed!

2. A display of talent; but using the best we have: 2 Cor. 8:12

a. Not to impress ourselves or others

b. Rather to be pleasing to God!

B. Positive: It is...

1. To honor God: Rev. 4:11

2. To remember Jesus: Rev. 5:11-14 (1 Cor 11:23ff)

3. To comfort, edify and instruct one another: Eph. 4:14-15

III. Our Attitude: Our Part involves/should be...

A. Submission to God’s will: Matt. 7:21-23

B. Forgiveness: Matt. 6:14-15

C. Sacrifice – a Living one: Rom. 12:1-2

D. Humility: Phil. 2:1-4

E. Prayer: 1 Thess. 5:17

F. Joyful: 1 Thess. 5:16

G. Reverent: Matt. 6:9

H. Discerning: 1 Cor. 11:26

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