Learning How to Worship: An Illustration
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Learning How to Worship: An Illustration

Mark 14:3–9  (ID: 1826)

When we worship in a public setting, are we concerned what others think of us? Do we allow their opinions to temper our outpouring of love for God? While the woman who anointed Jesus with expensive perfume was criticized for her worship, she didn’t care what others thought. Alistair Begg explains that she surrendered her social acceptability in order to worship Jesus, just as we should worship Him with all our might.

Series Containing This Sermon

What Is True Worship?

Series ID: 21601

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

3And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,1 as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. 4There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? 5For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii2 and given to the poor.” And they scolded her. 6But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. 8She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. 9And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”

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Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.