John 4; 19-26
On Sunday 18th October Colin Symes will be sharing from John 4 as he continues our series ‘Worshippers in the Wilderness’. Colin will be looking at the subject ‘Worship Him in the Spirit’. As you read through this scripture you might like to reflect on Jesus’ response to the Samaritan woman and consider what it means to ‘worship in the Spirit and in truth’ (verse 24).
19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”