Worship in Truth and Spirit

What makes it worship is the driving power of some cherished treasure that shapes our emotions and will and thought and behavior. Into this universal experience of worship Jesus demanded, “Worship [God] in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). In other words, bring your experience of worship into conformity with what is true about God, and let your spirit be authentically awakened and moved by that truth… What makes it authentic is not only that the worshipping mind grasps the truth of Jesus, but also that the worshipping spirit experiences awakening and is moved by the truth that the mind knows. A person who has no affections for God awakened by the truth of Jesus is not worshipping “in spirit and truth.” And a person with great affections built on false views of God is not worshipping “in spirit and truth.” Jesus demands both: worship in spirit and in truth (John Piper, What Jesus Demands from the World [Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2006], 101-03; emphasis his).


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