The Place of Worship

New Philly Hongdae
Preached by Myunghwa Choi on April 3, 2016, Sunday.
Duration: 50 minutes (audio)

Preached at NP Hongdae-Alpha


The dispute about where the proper place of worship is has been a source of intense hostility between the Jews and Samaritans. To the Jews and Gentiles alike, this was an important question. In John 4, in the middle of a conversation with a Samaritan woman, Jesus says that in the coming hour, worship won’t be about physical location, hinting that something radical will happen to the temple in Jerusalem. Through Jesus’ death on the cross, the ultimate sacrifice of the Lamb of God, the veil in the Holy of the Holies was torn in two from top to bottom! (Matt 27:50-51) The Scripture tells us that, now, a believer is a temple of the Holy Spirit, a royal priesthood, and a living sacrifice — a full package! After the cross of Jesus, we are the place of worship without any limitations.

Discussion Questions

CG questions written by Myunghwa Choi.

  1. Read John 4:19-24. What did Jesus mean by “worship in spirit and in truth”? What is the opposite of it, which is the type of worship Samaritans were engaged in?
  2. Jesus tells the Samaritan woman that something radical will happen to the place of worship. What happened to the temple in Jerusalem when Jesus died on the cross? (Matthew 27:50-51) How is that event related to the death of Jesus? (Hebrews 9:7, 10:19) [keywords for leaders: the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus once for all, the Lamb of God, the blood of Christ]
  3. In the new place of worship, which is ourselves, what is worship? What does it mean that Christ took away all limitations and regulations in worship? Think about where, when, who, and how you can worship the Lord today.
  4. Desire for deep and sincere worship is often an indication of revival in a believer’s life. When people receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, people often experience intense and renewed desire to worship God. Share with the group about your own experience of it.

    What has been hindering you from giving God worship that He deserves? Have you been taking this privilege for granted? Has it been tough to see your work (or studies) as worship unto God? Are there sins you are struggling with? Have you been caught up in busyness of life that you stopped being intentional with God? Share with the group.
  5. Pray as a group for increased desire to worship Him. Pray over the hinderances that were shared and declare over one another that your worship will be unstoppable!

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