10/4 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

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This Week’s Bible Readings  Oct. 4 - 11 

Title: "Created to Encounter God"

Texts:  Romans 1Genesis 4;  John 4

In a Nutshell: As birds are designed to fly, and fish are designed to swim, so we humans are designed to love God.  Bible stories provide windows into the lives of people as they have encountered God.  The first challenge we discover quickly is our tendency to love that which has been created, instead of the Creator. 


ICE BREAKER  Can you remember the first thing/person that made you think… “I can’t live without…”?


  1. How did Cain's attitude toward his brother affect his relationship with God?  Genesis 4
  2. What was the beginning of the downward fall for those that become enslaved to sin? Romans 1
  3. What are the two most important elements God expects us to bring to our worship of Him? John 4



  4. What was the most dominant emotion you have sensed this morning since coming to church?   What action or thought did that emotion come from?emoticons
  5. If God were to tell you "sin is crouching at your door and you must master it" what situation would He be referring to?
  6.  If all your struggles had been exposed and forgiven (like the woman at the well) how would your worship experience be different?


  7. How did Cain's attitude toward his brother affect his relationship with God?  Genesis 4
  8. Has the Holy Spirit brought to mind a name of a person that you need to visit with at the water cooler (Jacob's well)?  What do you need to tell them?  


  9. Jot down one thing you sense the Holy Spirit telling you that you need to do differently this week. 
  10.  synergy flame
  11. Let’s think about a recent family challenge where one of you struggled with anger or bitterness. On a scale of 1-10 how difficult was it to go to church, read the Bible, pray?  Was there anything specific that helped you to overcome those feelings?

Online Resources:

  1. "The Way of a Worshiper" by Buddy Owens
  2. TLCC Music Ministry - Pinterest Board
  3. Timber Lake’s past videos (Vimeo)