Worship? In mind and in method? Or in spirit and in truth? (Like an altar call.)

Worship?  In mind and in method?  Or in spirit and in truth?

spirit and truth

In Western Christianity, we’ve been trained to worship in mind and in method.  We’re taught to sit in a tightly programmed service (a method) and hear a talk that is targeted toward our thinking (mind).  The particulars of this type of worship are usually planned as if we were planning a performance.

However, Jesus taught that God wants us to worship Him in spirit and in truth.  God desires for our worship to be open, honest, and vulnerable (in truth) as we allow His Spirit to flow out of our innermost being (our spirit or heart).  This worship humbly waits for and allows the Holy Spirit to stir our spirit — to deeply touch our heart.  It permits the people present to actively obey the Spirit’s promptings.

There remains an example of worship in spirit and in truth in the Western church.  It’s called the altar call. For the last few minutes of a worship service, people are encouraged to be sensitive to God and to obey Him by taking action in the meeting to come to an altar, open up to God, and publicly seek Him.

So why not expand the altar call?  Instead of just giving God a couple of minutes to run the very end of the meeting, why not give Him 10 minutes (or 20, or 30, or the whole meeting) to run things?

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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5 Responses to Worship? In mind and in method? Or in spirit and in truth? (Like an altar call.)

  1. David says:

    great post Steve– Yes Lord, may we worship you all the more in spirit and truth!!!

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