Cheryl is a poet, freelance writer, author, and former newspaper columnist. She has degrees in Psychology and Biblical studies
Jesus asnwers the woman at the well regarding worship
The Bible tells us in John chapter 4: that Jesus met a woman drawing water from a well. She told Him that Jews and Samaritans disagreed when it came to the location for worship. His answer in verses 23 and 24 was: But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth". Christians today often disagree on where to worship, as well as the time and day of service.
There are denominations that insist on Saturday church attendance because the sixth day of the week is the original Sabbath. Many Christians worship on Sunday because the Bible says Christ rose from the dead on the first day of the week. A growing number of the faithful are catching heat from their brothers and sisters in Christ because they don't attend weekly services at all. There is nothing wrong with attending weekly services but for 300 years believers in Christ dd not have the option of going to a building.
The church is not a building
The church lives within believers through the Holy Spirit
In Acts 7:48 the Bible says: Howbeit the Most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet n John 14:16 Jesus promised His disciples that He would send them The Comforter to be with them after He was gone. The Spirit of the Lord dwells inside of those who have accepted the free gift of eternal life through faith in Jesus. This means that He is with you no matter where you are. In order to obey Jesus and worship in spirit and truth, all you need to do is two things.
The first is to acknowledge that His Spirit lives within you. The second is to understand that you can talk to Him anytime in any place. This is what He was telling the woman at the well. A physical location is inconsequential Believers in Christ are not required to go to a location to have church because we are the church. everywhere that we go.
Living water from the fountain that never runs dry
He is seeking true worshippers
Jesus told the woman at the well that the Father is seeking true worshippers, which indicates that there can be a deceptive or false type of worship. Consider that anyone can join an organized church attend every service and give money faithfully as a habit, without their heart really being in it.
Ask yourself why you do what you do and give yourself an honest answer. Do you religiously attend weekly services and give money because you have done so since childhood, or out of a sense of obligation? Has a religious leader threatened that f you don't "come to church" every Sunday God will punish you? Perhaps you tithe because you have been told that f you don't your life will be cursed. II Corinthians 9:7 says we should give as we have purposed in our own heart and not because someone told you to.
Whether you attend weekly services or not you can pray, praise, talk to Him and worship every day. Consider Psalms 119:45- Contemporary English version.
"I have gained perfect freedom by following your teachings." You gain the freedom to worship in spirit and in truth when you seek Him and read His word for yourself.
Launch out into the deep in spirit and in truth
Keep the focus on Jesus
During the Christmas season, I often feel His presence strongly when I hear Christian carols. I often sing along as I reflect on the birth of Christ. This is worship just as much as what takes place in a church service. 1 Timothy 2:5, NLT: tells us: "For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity--the man Christ Jesus." Christians who desire to be true worshippers must keep there focus on Christ. Be wary of churches that teach you that you need the pastor to be your bridge to your heavenly Tae a leap of faith today and choose to become a true worshipper who worships the Father in spirit and truth. Jesus says He is seeking, so position yourself that you may be found.
© 2019 Cheryl E Preston