As pastors and congregations have tried to attract people to the pews, they have embraced different styles to pique curiosity and up the rate of return for service attendance.
Now you can choose a setting with almost any type of music, hands raised or hands folded, clapping and dancing, chanting, babies in or babies out, stage or altar, set design or flowers and choir, and on and on and on.
I wonder – what is the right way to worship?
Jesus said to the Samaritan woman:
“But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship Him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24
What does it mean to worship in spirit?
Once again it goes back to the “most important Commandment.” – “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.” ~ Jesus in Mark 12:30
That is the heart of worship. It is complete and all-encompassing love for God, which we can have only through the Holy Spirit’s presence and help.
What does it mean to worship in truth?
It does not mean that we must follow some formula or tradition.
It does mean that we must make every effort to know the truth about God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as He reveals Himself to us through prayer and Bible study. Relationships take time. Close relationships take more time. To worship in truth we must sit at the feet of Jesus like Mary and the Disciples, and spend time getting to know and love God with Solomon, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Moses.
I recommend an in-depth study with a biblical worldview like The Truth Project in addition to personal Bible study. Throughout the twelve-session study Dr. Del Tackett addresses many of the questions and challenges made against biblical authenticity. If you want to know how God is relevant to every area of life . . . this study is for you.
What is the Right Way to Worship?
With intentional “it’s not about me” love.
Love that chooses to live everyday surrendered and obedient to God’s will, with the help of the Holy Spirit . . . not to gain His favor but to worship and adore Him for His countless blessings. Love that lifts Him up with thanks and praise, and humbles itself before Him in repentance. Love that trusts, believing:
- He is who He says He is.
- He can do what He says He can do.
- We are who He says we are.
- Beth Moore – Believing God
Don’t stress about the style of worship your congregation practices, but do stress about the heart of worship and the truth of the message. To worship God in spirit and truth it takes a heart filled with love and the truth of His Word.