There is a general assumption that everyone knows the gospel and knows IT MATTERS. However, many Christians have a reductionist view of the gospel. The gospel is viewed as the gate or the door through which people enter into God’s kingdom. The gospel is not just the door, it is the road we must walk every day of the Christian life. The gospel is the power of God for salvation and the means of transformation. It is not only deliverance from sin’s penalty, but liberation from sin’s power. The gospel is how we are made right with God and how we are made like Christ. The gospel changes everything.
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Worship matters because it matters to God who seeks true worshippers. The passage for today brings us into a conversation that will be familiar to many of you. The gospel of John provides us with the opportunity to eavesdrop on a conversation between Jesus and a Samaritan woman– a conversation that defies every cultural norm and expectation of the day. This Samaritan woman is faced with the terrible truth about her sin and she realizes that something divine is happening. This is the backdrop against which Jesus completely flips the paradigm for worship to both Jews and Samaritans. Worship matters to God, but the question we must ask ourselves is, “Does it really matter to us and are we true worshippers?”