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“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

John 4:23-24

What does the Bible say?

Worship is defined as the reverent devotion and allegiance pledged to God. It comes from the Old English word “worthship,” which denotes the worthiness of the one receiving the special honour or devotion. Developing a habit of worship is so much more than just singing. Worship is living in a way that brings glory to God. It is our response to all that God is, and all that He does. Scripture teaches us that God is looking for true worshipers, and in this lesson we will look at what distinguishes true worshipers.

 1 – True worshipers worship in their hearts. 

“These people honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.’ You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.”

Mark 7:6-8

(see also Mark 12:30) 

True worship is not giving God lip service. It is an issue of our hearts being completely devoted to God.

2 – True worshipers worship in spirit.

“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

John 4:24 

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.

Romans 12:1 

Why must we worship God in spirit? What did Paul say is a spiritual act of worship?


3 – True worshipers worship in truth. 

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”

John 17:17 

To worship in truth is to worship based on God’s Word. The Bible is the final authority on who God is, and how we are to approach Him.

What is the relevance to my life?

  • Why do you think worship is a habit a healthy disciple should develop?
  • Why is it sometimes difficult to worship God? How does worship help us refocus or realign ourselves to God and His will for our lives?
  • How do you think a true worshiper lives every day? How could this challenge and be different from our understanding of worship?

How do I apply this to my life?

  • Do you think you are a true worshiper? How can you develop the habit of worship in your life starting this week?
  • Have you offered yourself to God as a living sacrifice? How can you do this in a practical way every day?
  • How can you grow in a biblical understanding of God and His truth this week?
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