Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on September 6, 2014:
- SUNDAY: Ephesians 1,
- MONDAY: Ephesians 2,
- TUESDAY: Ephesians 3,
- WEDNESDAY: Ephesians 4,
- THURSDAY: Ephesians 5,
- FRIDAY: Ephesians 6,
- SATURDAY: John 17,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Deeper Sermon Title: Deeper Into God’s Presence (Worship)
Delivered On: August 30, 2014
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” ([bible]John 4:23[/bible] )
Pray for a heart that worships and celebrates God at all times and in all places. Ask God to help you fully engage in gathered worship experiences…particularly in the aspects of worship you sometimes don’t engage in. ([bible]Romans 12:1-2[/bible])
Hands and Face: Explore lifting your hands to God as you pray, sing, and worship in your private times with God! Invite your face to reflect the joy you feel in your heart.
Small Group Discussion
When you hear the word worship, what good thoughts and images come to your mind? When you hear the word worship, what strange pictures and images come to your mind?
Why do you think worship is so important to the heart of God? What do you think God sees and feels when His people worship Him with passion in Spirit and truth? How does God feel when we simply go through the motions of worship?
Read: Romans 12:1-2. Worship is the engagement of our hearts and bodies in the flow of our daily lives. What are ways we can worship God at work, school, while driving, at the store, in tense moments with people in our life, in times of recreation, and in other daily experiences we face?
Read: Hebrews 10:19-25. What has Jesus done to make worship possible and to open the way for us to come into the presence of the Father with confidence? What should this reality teach us about the privilege of worship?
What does it mean to “spur others on to love and good deeds”? What are practical ways we can do this?
Who “spurs you on” and why are you thankful to God for this person?
What are some of the things that can keep us from meeting together (worshipping in community on a regular basis)? How can we get past these obstacles and make attending worship gatherings with God’s people a greater priority in our lives?