The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:19-24
In his book, A Taste of Heaven, Worship in Light of Eternity, R.C. Sproul comments on this passage in John 4:
“He [Jesus] wasn’t saying that God used to be localized in a single central sanctuary – the tabernacle or temple, Mount Gerizim or Jerusalem – but now His people could worship Him anywhere. That wasn’t the point. Rather, Jesus was addressing the Samaritan woman’s superficial understanding of what worship was and always has been about . . . It wasn’t about the location or substance of the sacrifice . . . Rather, Jesus was talking about the nature of worship that is offered to God. Genuine worship is spiritual and true . . . Christ manifested and demonstrated that sort of worship in His own life . . . In other words, the spirit of Christ worshiped the Father in truth . . . It didn’t matter where He was, He was always authentic in the honor He bestowed upon Hi Father.” (Sproul, 42)
Sproul highlights the point that worship is all about how we live our lives – our attitudes, thoughts, actions, conversations. Authentic worshipers worship the Father through Jesus Christ, our mediator in the power of the Holy Spirit and this worship should take place 24/7.
(Reformation Trust, 2006, ISBN 1-56769-076-9) Also see this page for another quote from this book: http://biblicalworship.com/?p=100