11: In Spirit and In Truth – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

Key Thought: By His example in life and word, Jesus reinforced the need for God’s supremacy in our thoughts and service, and the importance of worshipping in spirit and truth..

1. Have a volunteer read Luke 4:5-8.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why does Jesus link worship and service together? How is service linked to
C. Personal Application: What are some of the reasons people attend church? Do all these reasons involve worship?
D. Case Study: One of your relatives states, “How can anyone praise and worship God when things are going wrong? Why would you want to praise and worship someone who is either giving you a hard time, or allowing bad things happen to you?” How would you respond to your relative?

2. Have a volunteer read John 4:20-24.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. How does one worship God in spirit and in truth? What did Jesus mean? Can we err in worship by being more in spirit than truth, or more in truth than spirit? Share.
C. Personal Application: Why was the form and place of worship important in the beginning of the discussion between Jesus and the Samaritan woman?
D. Case Study : One of your friends states, ”I think all people who worship God are on the right track, no matter what they call Him, or how they worship Him, or where they worship Him.” Considering Jesus’ words in John 4:22, how would you respond to your friend?

3. Have a volunteer read Luke 19:37-40.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. How can people know the Bible very well and not know the focus of the Scriptures, Jesus Christ?.

C. Personal Application: How does the daily study of the Bible help you to grow close to the Lord, and develop a stronger relationship with Him?
1) Can we grow a strong relationship with God without daily reading and studying His word? Share..
D. Case Study: One of your neighbors states, “How can so many Christians who claim to go by the Bible and the Bible only be so blind as to the truths that the word contains, especially for these last days?” How would you respond to your neighbor?

4. Have a volunteer read Mark 7:7.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Is Jesus saying here that worship is useless if it is using men’s philosophies, theories, and rules in place of God’s Word? Share your thoughts.
C. Personal Application: How could we, as individuals, be guilty of vain worship in our lives in regard to God’s Word?
D. Case Study: Think of one person who needs to hear a message from this
week’s lesson. Tell the class what you plan to do this week to share with

(Note: “Truth that is not lived, that is not imparted, loses its life-giving power, its healing virtue. Its blessings can be retained only as it is shared.” MH p. 149)

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11: In Spirit and In Truth – Teaching Plan — 4 Comments

  1. So God washed their feet:

    “One equal with God, acted as servant to His disciples. . . . He to whom every knee shall bow, He whom the angels of glory count it honor to serve, bowed down to wash the feet of those who called Him Lord.” —Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 649.

  2. I wish to join this study networking.

    Through worship leads to acceptance of whatever God has enjoined together as a way of life.

    Sincerity in worship reveals one's true nature humbling him with a dignifying virtue to be true.

  3. I found this lesson to be particularly relevant. Needed is worship that permits us to enter into the presence of God and to be blessed because of it. Our worship is not the emotionalism when we 'get our praise on', but the joy that comes from walking with God. It is God who gets the praise.


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