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True Worshipers of God Series

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Session 2: True Worshipers
Dan Gardner

I. JOHN 4:1-42 (NIV)

II. JOHN 4:23,24 – True Worshipers / Spirit and Truth

1) What Greek term is “worship” drawn from in John 4:23,24?
proskuneo - to "kiss towards," crouch, prostrate oneself in homage, to reverence to, adore.

2) According to John 4:23, the Father is seeking worshipers
who will worship Him in spirit and in truth.
What did Jesus mean by the term “true worshipers”?

alethimos - truthful (genuine, "not concealing")
proskunetes – adorer

The Father is seeking worshipers who are genuine!
A true worshiper has an honest, wholehearted relationship with God. This implies there are worshipers who may not have the right motives.

This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Matthew 15:8,9
Christ has paid the highest price to purchase our salvation; for the price
He paid, doesn’t he deserve authenticity?

“Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe.
Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.”

GLORIFY - doxa - praise, honor, and worship.

For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which
are God’s. I Corinthians 6:19,20

The Father is seeking genuine, true worshipers, not just those interested in a worship experience!

SPIRIT - pneuma; translates as “breath” or “spirit”
God is a Spirit (God is Spirit) - The essence and nature of God is Spirit.
in spirit - as HIS spirit leads and moves in OUR spirit.

For through Him (Jesus Christ) we both have access by one spirit unto the Father."  Ephesians 2:18

For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh." Philippians 3:3 (NIV)

We must get our spirit fixed on Him.

O God, my heart is fixed on thee; I will sing and give praise even with my
glory. Psalm 108:1

We must stay sensitive to hear the Spirit and yielded to respond to the Spirit. Learning
to live and walk in the Spirit requires a fresh, dynamic commitment every day: one reason we
need to worship on a daily basis.

IN TRUTH - aletheia; true, non-concealing, genuine

John 17:17 - "Sanctify them by the truth; your Word is truth "!

1) We must not only worship by the Spirit but also the Word; His pattern for worship is in the Bible. Jesus, the living Word, displayed a life of the perfect worshiper!

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us… John 1:14

I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

Jesus’ life and His written word provide a model to be followed. He doesn’t instruct us to implement a set of systematic procedures; He simply wants us to flow in spirit and truth.
2) Genuine worshipers will offer genuine, pure worship. Authentic, pure spiritual worship will flow out of the heart of an authentic, pure worshiper.

Download of the Month

The Worship Package for download this month can be used as a special number by a choir, worship team, soloists, any combination, and the refrain alone can be used with congregation.

The Worship Package of We Have Overcome includes: a Windows Media audio file, Lead Sheets in G, Ab and A for 3-part Worship Team, Lyrics & Chords for Guitar in G and A, and a Lyrics Sheet for your convenience—ten pages of music and lyrics!

This song, as well as the previous two offerings, has been translated into Spanish and sung in Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries. If you would like the Spanish version of We Have Overcome, just contact me at joe@worshiptoonz.com.

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This is the sixth installment of Pastor Daniel Gardner's series, True Worshipers of God. For this complete series on audio, go to WorshipToonz on this page. You can also find much of Dan's music, recorded and published, on this page. Each song has its own audio and leadsheet demos.
Persuaded now available at WorshipToonz

Two months ago we featured TR Smith in the WorshipToonz News. Now you can order his phenomenal CD, Persuaded, online through WorshipToonz at the lowest price on the net! We've posted generous-length audio clips online at

The songs are organized on the recording as a song cycle, depicting a man's movement from a realization of his own need, to discovering and submitting to God, dealing with trials, spreading the word, teaching others to spread the message, and closing with a prayerful personal hymn and praise. The musicianship is high quality; the stylistic variety is very impressive. Most importantly, the music and excellent lyrics work well together to speak directly to the heart.

You can buy the CD for $14.97 (USD) at

Vol. I No. 6
August 21, 2006
TR Smith
Site Spotlight
Christian Artist, Composer,
Music Minister

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If you haven't found it yet, and if you haven't found sites you're looking for through WorshipToonz, try worshiplinks.com for comprehensive links in a variety of categories. From worship articles and resources, to suppliers and publishers, links to Christian music mags and arts in worship, it's the site-of-sites for classic "overwhelm," but a great resource when you know just what you're looking for.

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Quick Picks for Your Planning

Each week WorshipToonz posts a new QuickPicks Worship List, one of the ways we try to help you in your worship music planning. Below is our current list, from Zion Christian Church in Troy, MI. See other lists for download on this page at WorshipToonz.

List of the Week, August 20, 2006

F You're Worthy of My Praise David Ruis 487976
F My Redeemer Lives Reuben Morgan 2397964
Rock of Ages Rita Baloche 2240547
A Shout to the Lord Darlene Zschech 1406918
F The Heart of Worship Matt Redman 2296522
A Blessed Be Your Name Beth Redman/
Matt Redman


WorshipToolz, our sister site, gets into the details of philosophy for developing our Worship Packages. Links to each of our previous WorshipToonz News are also on the site. (Links to previous free downloads are not live.)


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