True Biblical Worship

 

What is true worship? The bible calls us to worship both in spirit and in truth, But I don’t think most believers understand what true biblical Worship is. Here’s the verse that calls us to worship in Spirit and in Truth.

AMP Jn 4;23 A time will come, however, indeed it is already here, when the true (genuine) worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth (reality); for the Father is seeking just such people as these as His worshipers. 24 God is a Spirit (a spiritual Being) and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (reality).

When we misinterpret worship to mean just singing worship songs we have no hope of worshiping in truth. God does not ask us to blindly accept what our leaders tell us. He asks us to seek the truth, to test what we hear and what we do against his Word. We are to build our lives on the solid rock foundation of the Bible. We must not allow doctrines of men to interfere, or distort our obedience to Biblical commands or Biblical truth. Let’s see what the Bible has to say about worship.

AMP Matt 4;10 Then Jesus said to him, Begone, Satan! For it has been written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him alone shall you serve.

It sounds like worship may just be dedicated service to God.

AMP Matt 15;8 These people draw near Me with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts hold off and are far away from Me. 9 Uselessly do they worship Me, for they teach as doctrines the commands of men.

Worship is useless unless our hearts are close to Gods, unless we stop confusing doctrines of men with commands of the Lord. We must be following those commands.

Link to ‘New Testament Commands

AMP Rom 12;1 I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship . 2 Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].

Spiritual worship is presenting ourselves as a living sacrifice, holy, devoted, to God

AMP 1 Cor 14;19 Nevertheless, in public worship , I would rather say five words with my understanding and intelligently in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a [strange] tongue (language).

Public worship is not characterized by long speeches but by simple understandable instructions.

AMP 1 Cor 14;24 But if all prophesy [giving inspired testimony and interpreting the divine will and purpose] and an unbeliever or untaught outsider comes in, he is told of his sin and reproved and convicted and convinced by all, and his defects and needs are examined (estimated, determined) and he is called to account by all, 25 The secrets of his heart are laid bare; and so, falling on [his] face, he will worship God, declaring that God is among you in very truth.

This is a great promise but most believers have never seen it happen. This verse describes of what an unbeliever will witness at true believer gathering. As those at the gathering shared and preached, the unbeliever’s sins were revealed, reproved and he was convinced by all of God’s presence and he will start to worship God. We sometimes hear testimonies of folks listening to sermons that say they felt God was speaking to them thru the Pastor. Just imagine how much more convincing it would be if this same realization happened as each of the believers shared following the leading of the Holy Spirit. This can happen at any small group meeting, at Sunday Schools gatherings; at any meeting where the believers are developing their spiritual gifts, seeking the Holy Spirit and sharing what they hear. Unfortunately, this can’t happen at a conventional worship service. Everything is so rigidly scripted, and controlled that the Holy Spirit is quenched. He can not even get a word in edgewise. NLT 1 Thess 5:19 tells us not to “put out the Holy Spirit’s Fire”, but our earthly doctrines, non participatory services do just that.

AMP Phi 3;3 For we [Christians] are the true circumcision, who worship God in spirit and by the Spirit of God and exult and glory and pride ourselves in Jesus Christ, and put no confidence or dependence [on what we are] in the flesh and on outward privileges and physical advantages and external appearances–

Let’s take a second look at this same verse in the New Living Translation.

NLT Phil 3;3 For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort,

True worship is by God’s spirit, not human effort

The Believer Gathering Command:

AMP 1 Cor 14;26 What then, brethren, is [the right course]? When you meet together, each one has a hymn, a teaching, a disclosure of special knowledge or information, an utterance in a [strange] tongue, or an interpretation of it. [But] let everything be constructive and edifying and for the good of all. 27 If some speak in a [strange] tongue, let the number be limited to two or at the most three, and each one [taking his] turn, and let one interpret and explain [what is said]. 28 But if there is no one to do the interpreting, let each of them keep still in church and talk to himself and to God. 29 So let two or three prophets speak [those inspired to preach or teach], while the rest pay attention and weigh and discern what is said. … 37 If anyone thinks and claims that he is a prophet [filled with and governed by the Holy Spirit of God and inspired to interpret the divine will and purpose in preaching or teaching] or has any other spiritual endowment, let him understand (recognize and acknowledge) that what I am writing to you is a command of the Lord. 38 But if anyone disregards or does not recognize [ that it is a command of the Lord], he is disregarded and not recognized [he is one whom God knows not].

This verse first tells us how we are to interact when we gather for worship. Everyone shares something, a song, a teaching, a tongue. Then we get more specifics. There should be 2 or 3 preachers. Two or 3 tongue speakers are allowed, but only if there is an interpreter. Then some limitations are placed on the authority of Women at the gathering. Finally we are told true spiritual leaders will recognize these gathering rules are a command of the Lord, and anyone who disregard this is “one whom God knows not”.

Worship summary:

Worship is useless unless our hearts are close to Gods, unless we stop confusing doctrines of men with commands of the Lord. We must be following the commands of the Lord.

Spiritual worship is presenting ourselves as a living sacrifice, holy, devoted, to God

Public worship is not characterized by long speeches but by simple understandable instructions.

Uunbelievers at believer gathering should recognize and respond to God’s presence

True worship is by God’s spirit, not human effort Phil 3;3

Everyone shares something, a song, a teaching, a tongue. Then we get more specifics. There should be 2 or 3 preachers, 2 or 3 tounge speakers, but only if there is an interpreter.

I have to seriously doubt if any true worship can occur at a typical Western Church “Worship” service. These verse completely contradict the believer gathering command. They honor the doctrines of men [the single sermon service] and very effectively quenched the Holy Spirit’s ability to speak. Everything is so rigidly scripted, and controlled. NLT 1 Thess 5:19 tells us not to “put out the Holy Spirit’s Fire”, but our earthly doctrines, non participatory services do just that.

I pray that we may soon find our way back to true biblical worship, to worshiping in Spirit and in truth.

AMP Jn 4;23 A time will come, however, indeed it is already here, when the true (genuine) worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth (reality); for the Father is seeking just such people as these as His worshipers. 24 God is a Spirit (a spiritual Being) and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (reality).

The word promises that the Father is seeking those with the desire to truly worship him. I’m certain that there has been a remnant that has kept this worshiping in spirit and in truth. As we attempt to return to this we can trust that he will assist us in this endeavor.

Dear God,

May your will be done. May we turn from these deceptions. May we turn from these doctrines of men back to the call of your Word; back to the Servant Leadership; back to the Participatory Gatherings; presenting ourselves as holy and devoted living scarifies; turning from reliance on human effort to reliance on the God and his Holy Spirit. In Jesus name we pray.

Glenn 

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