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Special Services at Heritage Bible with Chris Anderson: I Am The Samaritan Woman, Part III

Part Three: Christ Turns Sinners into Worshipers – John 4:19-26

Song Service: I Will Glory in My Redeemer; What Wondrous Love Is This; Amazing Grace; How Deep the Father’s Love For Us; All, Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name.

Jesus talks about living water, sinful history, desperate need, then…worship?! Wow. That was random. Worship? How does that fit? Here’s how:

I. Worship must be according to Scripture, not tradition. (See Malachi 1:11) Judaism started out right in worship and people messed it up with hypocrisy and pride.

II. Jesus is the perfect sacrifice. John 1:14, “The Word became flesh (human) and dwelt (tabernacled) among us.”John 14:6, “No one comes through the Father but through Me [Jesus].” Sacrifice was not the pictures we see on Sunday School flannel graph boards with a lamb and a little trickle of blood coming from it’s neck. It was a bloody mess: priests would splash the altar with buckets of blood, and at Passover, over a quarter of a million sacrifices were being made!

III. Jesus replaces the Jewish Temple. “The hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.” Something else is on the horizon…Jesus! John 2:19-22 – The new temple is Jesus’ body. The temple was where God was approached by sinners and where God’s wrath was appeased. David grieved over being exiled because he couldn’t freely go to the temple.

In Genesis 3, the original fall of man occurred. Rebelling sinners don’t seek God; they run from Him. Adam and Eve hid themselves. God sought them out and He’s been seeking sinners ever since. The Garden of Eden was a sanctuary of communion with God (the original holy of holies). Sin broke the fellowship between God and man and cherubim with swords were placed at the entrance of the garden representing the broken communion. Exodus 26 describes the tabernacle. It was the new sanctuary of communion with God. In Matthew 27, at Christ’s crucifixion, Christ replaced the temple. The curtain was torn in two, as Jesus’ body was torn for sin (v.51). The greatest benefit we have is access to the throne of God – the holy of holies. (See I Peter 3:18; Hebrews 10:3-25, esp. v. 12 & 22; Romans 5:2)

William Cowper wrote, “Jesus, where’re Thy people meet, There they behold Thy mercy seat; Where’er they seek Thee Thou art found, And every place is hallowed ground.”

Conclusion: John 4:23, “The Father is seeking such people to worship him.” This is the great plot of history. He is purposefully, intentionally seeking sinners. Where does He find people to worship Him? Are they willing and ready? No. They’re rebels. We’re rebels. Strays. He doesn’t find them. He makes them. He makes them out of Samaritan women – sinners like you and me – thru the salvation in Jesus alone. Amen and Amen!

Looking forward to the fourth and final message in the series tomorrow night at 7PM – Christ Turns Worshipers Into Missionaries!

Lessons from Sunday’s Song Services

As I prepare for tomorrow’s services, I think back over last week’s lessons. Before we even got to the preaching this past Sunday, I felt like my spirit had already been ministered to, and the quotes and songs have stuck with me through this week.

The front page of the Order of Worship had this quote from Robert Mounce: “No matter how devastating the sin of the first [man, Adam], the redemptive work of the second [man, Christ] reverses the consequences of that sin and restores people to the favor of God. Only by grasping the seriousness of the first is one able to appreciate the remarkable magnanimity of the second.”

Here’s a reflection from the songs that we sang as a congregation:

Stuart Townend: “How deep the Father’s love for us, how vast beyond all measure, That He would give His Only Son to make a wretch His treasure.”

Melody Green: “There is a Redeemer, Jesus, God’s own Son.”

Chris Anderson: “…to His cross, as grace prevailed, God pinned my wretched sin,” and “Oh love divine, O matchless grace – that God should die for men! With joyful grief I lift my praise, abhorring all my sin, adoring only Him.”

Walter and Ethelwyn Taylor: “Calvary covers it all – my past, with its sin and stain. My guilt and despair, Jesus took on Him there, and Calvary covers it all.”

Anna B. Warner: “Jesus loves me! This I know, for the Bible tells me so; Little ones to Him belong, they are weak, but He is strong.”

Drew Jones: “Holy God, in love, became perfect man to bear my blame. On the cross He took my sin. By His death I live again.”

Keith Getty & Stuart Townend: “In Christ alone, my hope is found, …on the cross as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied; For every sin on Him was laid–here in the death of Christ I live. …Then bursting forth in glorious day, up from the grave He rose again! And as He stands in victory, sin’s curse has lost its grip on me. …From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny.”

Stephanie Horne: “Child of weakness, watch and pray, find in Me thine all in all.”

Health Workshop: Temples of Praise

This past Tuesday night, we had a Ladies Ministries Meeting at our church, Heritage Bible Church. Katie Gerdt was our keynote speaker (you may remember some of her musings about God & Beauty that I’ve posted on the blog previously). She shared her personal testimony concerning a right view of food and biblical stewardship of our bodies and gave a challenge from the Word. The topic was “Temples of Praise: Worshiping God in How We Care for Our Bodies.” Here are the slides from her presentation:

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You can download a PDF copy of the presentation here: Temples of Praise Presentation by Katie Gerdt.

After the presentation, we had healthful snacks:

  • Fresh vegetables and hummus
  • Baked pita crackers
  • Yogurt with fresh berries and granola
  • Chocolate Beet Cupcakes (we had the ladies guess what fruit or vegetable was hidden in these chocolate cupcakes and drew a name from the correct answers to win a copy of one of the books referenced throughout the evening)

We concluded the evening with a panel discussion, followed by fellowship and one-on-one Q&A. It was a privilege to be part of such an event. I only wish we had more time. Hopefully, Heritage will host another one of these workshops soon!