BCL Grow: Worship — John 5:20-23

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John 5:20-23 (God)

Bible Passage

“For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.” — John 5:20-23


“We increase the intensity, joy, and fidelity of our worship, not by including the verb ‘to worship’  in every second line in our so-called ‘worship songs,’ but by knowing more about God, and bringing our adoration to him, as he is. Insofar as our conceptions of him diverge from what he has disclosed of himself, so far are we worshiping a false god, which is normally called idolatry. To study hard what holy Scripture says about the Son of God, who has most comprehensively revealed his heavenly Father, is to know more about God, and thus to begin to ground our worship in reality rather than slogans.” — D. A. Carson, Jesus the Son of God, pp. 85-86.

Steps to Take

1. Ponder: Consider the relationship between God the Father and his Son. To know the Son is to know the Father. Why is it important “to study hard what holy Scripture says about the Son of God”?

2. Remember: As only God is to be worshiped, so Scripture reveals Christ Jesus as the object of worship (see Matt. 2:11; 28:9; John 9:38). Christians are devoted to Christ, do all things by his strength, live for him, belong to him, rejoice in him, and submit to him.

3. Rejoice: God has fulfilled his promises of salvation in Christ Jesus. Be joyful that though we cannot save ourselves, God in his Son accomplishes our salvation and graciously applies it to his people.

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