Daily Bible Readings – Sunday, May 19, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 145

Prayer Point.  Psalm 145 gives us a number of reasons that God is worthy of praise. Pick one or two that resonate with you and use them to worship God. Pray that these things will be remembered and passed on to our children.

John 14:21-29

Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you are reading.

Read. Read the passage slowly either alone or in a group and answer the following questions:

Listen. What is the passage saying? What are the main points? You can use the following “Background” and “Pay close attention to …”  sections to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background. The setting of today’s reading is Jesus’ final meal with his disciples before his crucifixion the next day.  He has just informed them that he will be leaving, which greatly troubles them and he now seeks to calm their fears and prepare them for life without his physical presence.

Pay close attention to …

  • The connection to loving God and keeping his commands.
  • What the Father promises to do for those who love and obey his Son.
  • What the Holy Spirit will do when he comes (he has already arrived).
  • Why the disciples should be glad that Jesus is returning to his Father.
  • What the world will learn through Jesus’ death.

Share. What can I share and with whom can I share it?

Repent. How have I failed to obey and share what God is asking me to do? Confess those failures to God and ask for his forgiveness.

Believe. Which of God’s promises would I need to believe in order to obey and share what I have read?

1 Corinthians 2:1-13

Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you are reading.

Read. Read the passage slowly either alone or in a group and answer the following questions:

Listen. What is the passage saying? What are the main points? You can use the following “Background” and “Pay close attention to …”  sections to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background.  The Corinthians, as did all Greeks, valued a speakers’ communication skills over the substance of their message just as a politicians today are judged by their ability to connect to the camera more than the validity of their ideas.

Pay close attention to …

  • Why Paul appeared to be weak to the Corinthians.
  • Why it was important to for Paul to communicate the Gospel in weakness.
  • The power that allows us to to know “the secret wisdom of God.”

Obey. What is God asking me to do?

Share. What can I share and with whom can I share it?

Repent. How have I failed to obey and share what God is asking me to do? Confess those failures to God and ask for his forgiveness.

Believe. Which of God’s promises would I need to believe in order to obey and share what I have read?

Isaiah 11:1-9

Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you are reading.

Read. Read the passage slowly either alone or in a group and answer the following questions:

Listen. What is the passage saying? What are the main points? You can use the following “Background” and “Pay close attention to …”  sections to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background. Today is Pentecost Sunday — it is now fifty days since the Resurrection of Christ.  Today the Church recognizes its birthday with the advent of the Holy Spirit’s descent upon the Apostles in the upper room.  As we look as Isaiah, we will see how the Holy Spirit intertwined himself into the story of the Hebrews.

Pay close attention to …

  • The “shoot” from the stump of Jesse (v. 1 )
  • The Spirit which will rest on the Branch (vv. 2-3 )
  • How the Branch judges (vv. 3b-4 )
  • The new conditions in the world [in that Day] (vv. 6-9 )
  • Why none of these animals will neither harm nor destroy (v. 9 )

When I was growing up I was taught that the “seven gifts of the Holy Spirit” were: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Piety, and the Fear of the Lord.  Most of these can be found in today’s reading.  There are ever so many more gifts of his, but this is a good jumping off point.

Today is really a perfect day to celebrate our gifts from the Holy Spirit — including himself in our lives.

Obey. What is God asking me to do?

Share. What can I share and with whom can I share it?

Repent. How have I failed to obey and share what God is asking me to do? Confess those failures to God and ask for his forgiveness.

Believe. Which of God’s promises would I need to believe in order to obey and share what I have read?

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