True Spiritual Worship is Christ-Centered

“True spiritual worship will draw a man into close communion with Jesus Christ himself. It will lift a man far above churches, and ordinances, and ministers. It will make him hunger and thirst after a sight of the King. The more he hears, and reads, and prays, and praises, the more he will feel that nothing but Christ himself will feed the life of his soul, and that heart communion with him is ‘meat indeed and drink indeed’ [John 6:55]. The false worshipper will in time of need turn to external helps, to ministers, to ordinances, and sacraments. The true worshipper will turn instinctively to Christ by simple faith, just as the compass-needle turns to the pole.”

– J.C. Ryle, Worship: Its Priorities, Principles, and Practice, p. 28

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