11/15 Prepare Your Heart for Sunday Worship

God Encounters

Sunday’s play list via YouTube

Title:  “Encountering God- Spiritual Warfare in Worship”

This Week’s Bible Readings  Nov. 16-21 

Texts: Matt. 5:23-24; Ac. 16:16-40;  John 4:23-24Eph. 6:10-18; 1 Pet. 5:8-102 Cor. 10:3-4; Heb. 3:13, 4:12-13;  Gal. 5:19-21;  Col. 3:5-8Mk. 7:21-23

IN A NUTSHELL  If  worshiping God “in spirit and in truth” is seen by Jesus as one of the most important things for us to understand in our worship, then Satan is more than happy to just tweak our disposition and slightly distorting the truth.

ICE BREAKER  Describe the last time you saw the patrolman and knew you were going to be stopped.  What is it that causes us to be careless until we think we are about to be caught?


  1. What did the woman at Jacob's well go to for discussion when she perceived Jesus was a prophet?
  2. Since the devil is trying to "devour" us what does Peter say we should do?
  3. What are the weapons we fight with as Christians?
  4. In what ways might John 4:23,24 and Heb. 4:12-13 be linked regarding the "spirit & truth"?


  1. How can Christians help each other avoid being deceived by Satan?
  2. What today has challenged your ability to worship God in Spirit and truth?
  3. Take a look at the back of the CARE Sheet (Worship Priority) and spend some time this week evaluating your thoughts and actions.  If you are a Christian they are at war with the Holy Spirit in you as you try to worship. In light of those passages of Scripture how might you better make worshiping God in Spirit and truth a priority this next week?


  1. If someone came to church today for the first time and asked you about the most important thing about your church, what would you describe?  Why?


Online Resources:

  1. The CARE Sheet –11315GodEnccaresheet
  2. Spiritual Warfare - by Karl Payne
  3. Indications of Spiritual Warfare 
  4. TLCC Music Ministry – Pinterest Board
  5. Timber Lake Christian Church Website
  6. Timber Lake’s past videos (Vimeo)
  7. "Oh, that's good!" Hee Haw tribute to comedian Archie Campbell