John 4:15-26: Worship in Spirit and Truth
October 12, 2021
TODAY'S BIBLE READING:
Jeremiah 30-31, Ecclesiastes 9, John 4:15-26, James 5:13-20
Note: As we go through John’s Gospel together over the next few weeks, I refer you to the broadcasts from the Gospel of John which will provide more commentary on the passage. Here is a link to the sermon related to today’s passage: Living Water, Part 2.
Take, then, and read this section of John, and this morning simply reflect on the following bullet points:
- Jesus’ comment in verse 18 is very searching. Why is it encouraging when God’s Spirit convicts of sin? How are we to respond when we are convicted of sin?
- If the hour will come—and now has come—when God’s worshippers will not worship at this mountain or that mountain, but will instead worship in Spirit and in truth, how does that shape our attitude to worship? Often it is thought that worship in Spirit and in truth means worship “spiritually and sincerely,” but how does the context in this passage suggest a different interpretation? (Hint: With Jesus’ arrival, all worship is now through him). Does this very simple, yet profound, definition of worship help us avoid confusion about what worship is meant to be?
- Jesus models for us here a gracious, clear, and winsome conversational approach to personal evangelism. What could we learn from this approach in our daily interaction with those who don’t yet follow Jesus?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Josh Moody (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is the senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton, IL., president and founder of God Centered Life Ministries, and author of several books including How the Bible Can Change Your Life and John 1-12 For You.
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