5 Things to Remember About Worship

Bob Kauflin says it’s easy to misunderstand the relationship between biblical worship and music:

In his conversation with the woman at the well, Jesus described the kind of worshiper God is seeking:

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. (John 4:23)

Jesus isn’t limiting our worship to a time of singing, or even a meeting. In fact, that’s one of the things he wants to set straight. The woman thought the choice of where to worship was between Mt. Gerizim, where the Samaritan temple was located, and the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. Jesus offers another option.

He doesn’t say that place doesn’t matter, but that there’s a new place. That place is in Jesus himself, the one who is the Truth (John 14:6). He is the new temple in which people from every nation can now approach God to give him the honor he is due (Mark 14:58; John 2:18-22). He is now our means of access and the one who makes our worship acceptable to God (Hebrews 10:19-22; 1 Peter 2:4-5).

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