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Reverend Matt Kinley

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

Is this our music? Are these our Bible readings? Is it the kind of carpet on the floor, or the kind of chairs or benches we sit on?

There remains a plethora of things to be said today about how a worship service should be conducted. In all denominations and all types of churches, there is an absence of any form of consistency in the “style” of the services provided. We are obsessed with the “style” to extreme degrees over the years. Some churches found themselves divided and shattered because they could not agree on what types of music to play or how best to go about commissioning services. In the field of Scripture we find these “Important questions of worship” were often of great concern to people. One such example of questioning comes from chapter four of John where a Samaritan woman, realizing that the man standing before her is, in her words, “Clearly a prophet” ask Jesus where she is supposed to worship God from. She worshiped all her life in Samaria and the Jews always told them that they should worship in Jerusalem. The place 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 true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers that the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers are to worship in spirit and in truth.

To put these words in the clearest and most direct form, I think it’s best to say it simply. Location doesn’t matter. Style doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters to a True Worshiper is that he or she worships God in Spirit and in Truth. We should not look so meanly at the worship of other churches and other people. If Jesus Christ is in our hearts and we worship in Spirit and in Truth, we will be the worshipers that the Father seeks. I ask you, shouldn’t that be the goal of everyone who worships the Lord?

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

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