Worship In Spirit and Truth

007_build_sermonIMGAs I reflect on our time in John 4 on Sunday, I’m reminded that a bold witness has at its root a right foundation of Christ.

Worship in Spirit and Truth is a life that centers on Jesus

As Terry Virgo put it:

"Many praise God in a limited way because they have never spent time getting to know Him or what He has done…. Worshippers must be preoccupied with the object of their worship."

I’m reminded of those hours following Alive’s Youth Camp this summer where we gathered with 4-5 other churches. As we all went our separate ways, we were able to take the message of the Kingdom of God not only to multiple cities in Florida but internationally as well.

This didn’t happen through Social Media, a well groomed 140 characters in a tweet or just the right ‘selfie’ on instagram [full disclosure: it wasn’t even a blog post like this one]. How did this message spread so rapidly? It happened through the people of God truly worshipping by centering their lives on Jesus.

Be encouraged today to be a bold witness through the response of the Samaritan woman. She left the very jar she came to the well to fill so that she could go and tell of this man who is the promised Messiah [John 4:28-30] – what a wonderful portrait of preoccupation!

John 4:39-42 gives us a glimpse of the response of the people of Samaria [emphasis added]:

"Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.”  So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”

Who is it that needs to hear your bold proclamation of your own interaction with Jesus?

Go today in faith that the Kingdom of God will be built. The good news is this: you’re participating in this building project!