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Finding Faith: In spirit and in truth

Rev. Matt Kinley

What is the most important thing to consider when worshipping God?

Is it our music? Is it our Scripture Readings? Is it the kind of carpet on the floor, or the kind of chairs or pews we are sitting in?

There remains a plethora of things to be said this day and age on the way a Worship Service should be conducted. Across all denominations and types of churches there is an absence of any form of consistency in the “style” of the services conducted. We have obsessed over the “style” to extreme degrees over the years. Some churches have found themselves split and broken because they could not agree on the kinds of music to be played or the best way to go about ordering the services. In the scope of Scripture, we find these “important questions of worship” were often of great concern to people. One such instance of questioning comes from John chapter four where a Samaritan woman, upon realizing that the man standing before her is, in her words, “clearly a prophet” asks Jesus where she is supposed to worship God from. She has worshiped her whole life in Samaria and the Jews have always told them that they were to worship in Jerusalem. The location of worship was important to the People of Ancient Israel, but Jesus dismantles this idea of worship with these words from John 4:23-24

“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.”

To put these words into the clearest and most direct form I believe it is best to say this simply. The location does not matter. The style does not matter. The only thing that matters to a True Worshipper is that they worship God in Spirit and in Truth. We should not look so unkindly upon the worship of other churches and other people. If Jesus Christ is in our hearts and we worship in Spirt and in Truth, we will be the worshippers that the Father seeks after. I ask you, should that not be the goal of every person who worships the Lord?

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Finding Faith is written by area pastors. This week’s column comes from Pastor Matt Kinley of First Church of Christ, Lock Haven.

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