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Burden and Blessing Podcast

Feb 2019

Word of the Week: Worship

February 4, 2019

What is worship? It is a familiar word in our society, but what does it mean? Pastor Mark Tiefel show that already in the book of Genesis we have examples of worship. There were the acceptable and unacceptable offerings of Abel and Cain (Genesis 4), and people began to "call on the name of the Lord" (Genesis 4:26). The Old Testament people built altars to the LORD and the LORD gave them detailed instructions about how they should worship Him. The most common word for "worship" in the Bible, literally means to prostrate oneself (bow) before God. This is contrary to many forms of worship in our society today which emphasizes the sinner, and not God. But the Biblical concept of worship always emphasizes the work of God for the sinner which is what the Gospel really is. In John 4 Jesus explains for the Samaritan woman what true worship really is (4:24) believing it with sincerity in our heart (in spirit), but to be founded on the truth of God's Word and follow it in our lives (in truth). This is what true worship really is.