April 21 – 28

Weekly Reading for April 21 – 28

Preparing for Next Week’s Message

Sermon Series: Whole Relationships in a Broken World
Sermon Title: The Lost Art of Spiritual Connections

This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on April 28, 2024:

Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon

Sermon Series: Whole Relationships in a Broken World
Sermon Title: The Joy of Fun, Play, and Laughter
Delivered On: April 21, 2024


Memorize and Reflect

Psalm 126:2 Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”

Prayer Direction

Thank God for the things that are bringing you joy in this season of your life, and acknowledge that He is the giver of each of these joy-producing gifts. Ask for eyes to see the blessings God gives and for a reflexive response of celebration and delight in all of God’s goodness.

“Live It!” Challenge

Name Your Joy—Make a list of ten things that bring you joy and then reflect on how the delight you feel can overflow into the relationships God has given you.

Small Group Discussion

  1. What makes you laugh and smile? Share a story, a picture, or describe when you find yourself overflowing with joy.

  2. Read: Psalm 126:1-3. What has God restored, healed or made new in your life and how does this bring a smile to your face, laughter to your mouth, or joy to your heart?

  3. What is one of your favorite worship songs or hymns, and how does singing this song bring delight to your heart and celebration in your life? Why is worship in song (in community with God’s people) an important part of our faith?

  4. Read: Proverbs 17:22. Tell about a person God has placed in your life who seems to have a consistently cheerful heart. How does their spirit of joy impact you and others in a positive way?

  5. We have all been around people who seem crushed in spirit and negative in outlook. What impact does this kind of person have on the people they encounter?

  6. Read: Ecclesiastes 3:4. Why is it so important that we allow ourselves to weep, mourn, and deal honestly with the sadness that comes into our life? What could happen if we just lock this pain inside and never let it come out or deal with it?

  7. There are also times for joy, celebration, delight, laughter, and dancing! Why is it essential for followers of Jesus to drink in these moments of life and really let our joy and delight loose and flow freely out of us? What can happen if we lock this inside and never let it out?

  8. Read: Acts 2:42-47. What were some of the practices that the early Christians embraced and delighted in? How did their community life impact the heart of God, how did it impact the believers, and how did it impact the people who watched on and saw God working in the early Church?

  9. How can you find greater joy and delight in your relational world? How can your group members pray for you as you seek to grow in celebration and the delight God offers you?