About the year AD 30, the Saviour sat by Jacob’s well, in the dusty heat of a Samaritan afternoon. With none of His disciples nearby He engaged in conversation with a sinful woman whose physical thirst was far surpassed by a deep spiritual longing. As she listened to the Man Whom she would shortly recognise as the Christ, she heard the Saviour speak of the Father’s desire for true worshippers who would worship Him in spirit and in truth. Among the many goals encompassed in God’s purpose for His people there is nothing that rises higher than this. We are called to work, to watch, and to wait, but above all, we are called to be worshippers of our God. The chapters of this book consider the principles and pattern of Scripture in order to help us understand how we can ensure that God does not seek our worship in vain.
Mark Sweetnam is in fellowship in the assembly at Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland. He is an Assistant Professor of English with Digital Humnaities in the School of English at Trinity College Dublin, specialising in seventeenth-century literature and the history of evangelicalism. He is the author of a number of books including Sanctify Them Through Thy Truth: God’s Word in Human History (published by John Ritchie), The Dispensations: God’s Plan for the Ages, Worship: The Christian’s Highest Calling, and To the Day of Eternity: Future Events in Bible Prophecy (published by Scripture Teaching Library).