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Have you ever wondered why we do what we do when we gather together? Our church services are no mere modern inventions. We are following in ancient and noble traditions laid out in sacred Scripture. Though we worship in ways that are culturally relevant, we are connected to the church universal in ways that are spiritually significant.


Core52 Passage

John 4:24 NIV
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

The “chance” meeting

John 4:10 NIV
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
John 4:11 NIV
“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?
John 4:12 NIV
Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
John 4:13 NIV
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,
John 4:14 NIV
but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
John 4:15 NIV
The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
John 4:16 NIV
He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
John 4:17 NIV
“I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband.
John 4:18 NIV
The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
John 4:19 NIV
“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet.
John 4:20 NIV
Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

“Uh oh, things just got very uncomfortable, let’s deflect.”

John 4:21 NIV
“Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
John 4:22 NIV
You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.
John 4:23 NIV
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.
John 4:24 NIV
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

Jesus’ fait accompli

What if “where” is not the issue?

What the “heart” of the issue was corrected?

What if…?

John 4:25 NIV
The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
John 4:26 NIV
Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

NOW look at the day...

Acts 2:14 NIV
Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.
Acts 2:15 NIV
These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning!
Acts 2:16 NIV
No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
Acts 2:17 NIV
“ ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
Acts 2:18 NIV
Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.
Acts 2:19 NIV
I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke.
Acts 2:20 NIV
The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.

Peter preached Jesus

Acts 2:36 NIV
“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
Acts 2:37 NIV
When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
Acts 2:38 NIV
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:39 NIV
The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
Acts 2:40 NIV
With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”
Acts 2:41 NIV
Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
Acts 2:42 NIV
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Acts 2:43 NIV
Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.
Acts 2:44 NIV
All the believers were together and had everything in common.
Acts 2:45 NIV
They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.
Acts 2:46 NIV
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,
Acts 2:47 NIV
praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Fast forward

Ephesians 5:15 NIV
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,
Ephesians 5:16 NIV
making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
Ephesians 5:17 NIV
Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
Ephesians 5:18 NIV
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,
Ephesians 5:19 NIV
speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,
Ephesians 5:20 NIV
always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 5:21 NIV
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

One verb, explained by four participles

“Be filled with the Spirit”

1. “speak to one another with psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit”

2. “Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord”

3. “always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”

4. “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ”

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