What is Worship | How to Worship in Spirit and Truth | Worship Definition | John 4 23


Have you ever been in a Church service, with
music playing and people singing, but then happen take a look around? A lot of times, what people are calling “worship,”
actually looks a lot more like… forced group participation. People repeat words with their mouth and maybe
clap their hands, but is that alone, worship? Jesus, would say no way! In Matthew 15:8-9 he pointed out, “This
people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship
me.” Now, if that’s not Worship, What is true Worship? John 4:23 says, “True worshipers will worship
the Father in spirit and truth.” So, according to Jesus, what’s the right
way to worship? Two things: In spirit and truth. To worship God in spirit, means the outward
actions we offer as worship, reflect an inward devotion to God. Is it is our spirit or heart’s overflow
of Love, Joy, Hope, Dependence, Trust, and Thanksgiving towards God, that is expressed
outwardly, to Him. So worship is not just singing songs or clapping
hands. We can worship God in spirit though, art,
dance, music, and poetry. We can worship Him through, the work of our
hands, and in our financial giving. We can worship Him by the love we share, and
the choices we make. That’s how we worship God in spirit, but
it must be connected to, Truth. To worship God in truth, is to say, what we
offer God as worship, is in response to, and in agreement with, the Word of God. Psalm 119:160 “The sum of your word is truth.” True Worship, is the outpouring of our spirit
towards God, in response to the truth of God. So go, and worship Him! There is nothing in our lives more worthy
of our worship, than our God. And that’s todays Bible Munch. If this devotional was encouraging, please
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39 Responses

  1. Lorie Brumfield

    February 24, 2017 4:22 pm

    Great video! I find that when I have been worshipping "in spirit and in truth" that my voice and hands follow! Sometimes I find myself on my knees thanking the Lord for his goodness. Other times I want to dance, I feel so overjoyed!

  2. Carol Blackley

    February 24, 2017 4:35 pm

    I'd love to lift my hands up to God while singing, but no one else at my church does. sometimes I've cried and not been embarrassed by my tears so what's stopping me from raising my hands up when i feel like it? great explanation. thank you and God bless you.

  3. Tim Elmore

    February 24, 2017 5:04 pm

    Loved it. This just so happens the passage we are taking on this Sunday. I'm sharing your video on our churches facebook page as a teaser. Keep up the good work!

  4. Go Getter-Girl

    February 26, 2017 7:47 am

    Pastor Nelson, "True Worship" comes from a sincere, deep connection with Jesus when He is our Lord & Savior through being Born Again.  If we are in Jesus and Jesus is in us…. Then and only then will "TRUE WORSHIP" naturally happen.  Thanks for this meaningful message to reflect on and grow with.  Amen & Amen!!!  Blessings, GGG

  5. luvpeacejoy7

    March 26, 2017 12:26 am

    Hi. I've been looking into worship lately to find out holistically what it is. One definition that struck me is "the act of ascribing ultimate value to something in such a way that engages your entire being: mind, will, and emotion." I love you presenting the part of worship which includes our will I would say, our daily actions. Also our mind as it is based on the truth of God and who He is. But included is emotion which I would say is what most people picture as worship: the singing, raising hands, crying out, emotional expressions…I've been challenged lately not to diminish this emotional expression side to worship as I tend to voice my concern like you about people thinking worship is just singing and clapping. It's not just that, but it isn't less than that also. Would you say this view is accurate? Or what are your thoughts? Thanks 🙂


    April 7, 2017 5:47 am

    he is saying worship him in his LAWS and his word which is his LAWS, STATUES and COMMANDEMENTS

  7. Cole Burns

    April 19, 2017 5:12 pm

    Sir, why is homosexuality a sin? I'm christian and i agree everything, but i still don't understand.

  8. Sathiya Sudhan

    May 26, 2017 5:58 am


  9. Spread Worship

    September 17, 2017 6:04 am

    "Christian worship as a noun is the inward disposition that the highest love of our hearts is God and He alone is worthy of offering ourselves wholly to Him. Worship as a verb consists of teaching/studying the Word, prayers, the Eucharistic meal and fellowship with believers. Music and song are vehicles—among many others—to offer praise and worship to the Lord. Worship cannot be confined to Sunday church alone and must reach into our everyday lives through daily personal adoration and in loving our neighbor."

  10. Rocky Mountain Princess

    July 18, 2018 2:52 am

    Will you do a more comprehensive teaching on what it means to worship in spirit and truth? I've been asking God to teach me what this really means and how to live it in practical ways every day. Can you image my surprise and joy when I stumbled across this message. I'm hungry for more, thus my request. 🙂

    PS: I'm so blessed and thankful for your teachings and to have you as my brother in Jesus Christ. God bless!

  11. Ruth N. Gaye

    October 18, 2018 12:47 am

    God Blessed You “Bible Munch”. this video is Powerful in the Lord🙏🏼 I learned a lot about Worship. I even took note to share in my Bible teaching and also subscribed to your channel🙏🏼 New Subscriber🙏🏼

  12. G-Ma X

    October 26, 2018 1:45 am

    Singing is a need to do to our Lord and savior 💃🏾💃🏾 but we still do all the things you said .

  13. My Menagerie !

    November 3, 2018 9:13 pm

    I’ve never heard this put so simply and succinctly! Thank you so very much for clearing up a great mystery for me!

  14. firstbornjordan

    March 11, 2019 1:27 pm

    Well done. For many years in Church I hear the term "worship" used exclusively to define what you do when you are praising the Lord. John 4:23 is never cited and the word truth is never uttered in the same vein as worship. While I can acknowledge there is an element of worship within praise, the lions share so to speak, encompasses our walk with God and the degree to which we follow His commands – such as make disciples, give a reason for the hope that is in you, love your enemies, honour one another, not fall into idolatry, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, gentleness, humility and patience, give to widows and orphans, clothe and feed the poor, feed His sheep, equip the saints, and the list goes on. "Oh, that was great worship" say some after a good time of corporate praise. I find it insulting, superficial, immature and misleading, to separate worship from truth.


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