Worship in Spirit and Truth Part 2 “Spirit”
September 18, 2016
John Piper, “With the engagement of the heart, we do not actually worship. Where feeling for God (that is integrated) is dead, worship is dead.
a. Engage: How important is the how of worship?
i. Reformation concerns RE Worship and the Solas. According the Reformers nod the Puritans, the message of Christianity is not simply about how to man is to be saved, it is about how God is glorified in man’s salvation. They did not believe that subject could rightly be treated without regarding all that Scripture says on how God is to be worshipped. The first commandment has to do with our attitude toward God. While that attitude is to control all our living, it comes to its clearest outward expression in worship. if we tolerate worship which is unworthy, unscriptural, or compromised with the world’s standards or superstitions, then we are sanctioning certain beliefs about God himself. It is therefore not enough for Christians to be content so long as some few basic doctrines of salvation are held.” (Iain Murray, “The Directory of Public Worship, To Glorify and Enjoy God, ed. John L. Carson and David W. Hall, (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1994), 172.
iii. In Truth
1. According to Scripture
2. Filled with Scripture
c. Preview: In Spirit, but why have we reversed the order? If we do not set the standard of truth than we cannot know what is meant by worship that is in Sprit.
i. A General Description of Worship in the Spirit What it is and what it is not
ii. Some descriptions of the heart in worshipping in the Spirit.
iii. Increasing the Spirit of our Worship
d. Big Idea: Since God is seeking a particular kind of worshipper, let us seek to become that kind of worshipper.
2. Describing Worship in Spirit
a. What it is:
1. By joining spirit and truth our Lord is telling us that true worship is an integration of head and heart—it is intellect as well as Attitude (affections or emotions).
Boice: It must mean that worship is not emotions and feelings.
2. It is also an integration of Body and Heart. It is not true worship in the Spirit if the body is not following the heart and mind.
3. And thirdly it is an integration of heart and will
ii. Internal not external (person not place, internal person, not external person, or even externals).
1. It is worship that is more than right place, right activities
iii. Initiative by God We are responders The Holy Spirit or our spirit
iv. Invigorated by the Holy Spirit
b. And what it is not.
i. Obviously it is not one or the other (Mind or Heart).
ii. Emotions and Feelings
iii. About me
1. It requires me
2. It benefits me
3. But it is first and foremost about God.
iv. About Externals. What Worship in the Spirit is not The Spirit (i.e. The Holy Spirit) or the internal person?—See John Piper Desiring God p. 65
John Piper puts it this way,
“Worshipping is spirit is the opposite of worshipping in merely external ways. it is the opposite of empty formalism and traditionalism. Worshipping in truth is opposite of worship based on an inadequate view of God. Worship must have the heart and head. Worship must engage emotions, and thought….Truth without emotion produces dead orthodoxy and a church full (or half full) of artificial admirers (like people who write generic anniversary cards for a living). On the other hand, emotions without truth produces frenzy and cultivates shallow people who refuse the discipline of rigorous thought” (Desiring God, p. 76)
3. Some attitudes of heart (this is integrated) that will be found in true spirit worship—
a. Worship in the spirit means having a Renewed heart (john 3:6, That which is born of spirit is spirit.
b. Worship in the spirit means having a Longing heart. Psalm 40:1; 63:1—This a longing for God, not the gifts of God. Here is an important distinction.
c. Worship in the spirit means having a Ready, willing, (“Speak Lord, your servant listens”). Remember that worship is a duty, but mere performance of a duty means nothing.
d. Worship in the spirit means having a Glad, (not necessarily happy…) and Joyful. Ps. 30:11-12.
e. Worship in the spirit means having a Reverent, dread, fear, awe (This will happen if our hearts are centered on God as who God is. This is the why behind worship in truth.
f. Worship in the spirit means having a Undivided, focused heart Psalm 86:11
g. Worship in the spirit means having a Humble heart, (Psalm 51:17; Isa. 57:15)
iv. Submissive (Lord You have spoken, enable me to obey)
4. Increasing the warmth of my spirit in worship
a. Come to know more and become more aware of God’s true worth.
b. Talk and listen often to other worshippers