South Walnut Church of Christ

"LET THE BIBLE SPEAK"
Our religion is based on our faith. To the very devout, one's religion is very important. It is who we are. It is why we live as we do. Our belief system effects the way we worship. Jesus placed a great emphasis on worship. When the devil tempted Jesus by enticing him to offer worship to him, he was given this stern rebuke, "Away with you, Satan! For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.'" Matt. 4:10. Jesus showed clearly that God is the one who is worthy of worship. We find Jesus in a conversation with the Samaritan woman concerning the subject of worship: "The woman said to Him, 'Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.' Jesus said to her, 'Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship
the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.'" John 4:19-24. We learn from this that the place of our worship is not of great importance. Resorting to a certain city, or a particular mountain is not essential to acceptable worship. A beautiful and ornate edifice is not a prerequisite to acceptable worship. In our worship to God it is not the where that is important, but how we worship is of utmost importance. Jesus reminded her that God is Spirit and that He requires spiritual worship and true worship. This necessarily infers that there is a worship that God will not accept. Our worship should not be something designed to please us. It must be that which will please God. It is possible for us to offer vain worship. Jesus warned of such worship: "These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men,' Matt. 15:8-9.
Melvin Blalock, Evangelist
South Walnut Church of Christ
306 South Walnut St. - Cleburne, TX 76033 Sun. 10:30 A.M. & 2:00 P.M. Wed. 7:00 P.M.
www.letthebiblespeak.com
View our TV program, "Let The Bible Speak" Sun. 6:30 A.M., CW33. For a free home Bible study by mail call
817-988-0417
http://www.southwalnutchurchofchirst.org.

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South Walnut Church of Christ

306 South Walnut St.

Cleburne TX, 76033

817-988-0417

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