Daily Bible Readings – Monday, May 27, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 15

Prayer Point.  The answer to David’s question in verse 1 is: no one. No one has lived up to the standard laid out in verses 2-5 save one, Jesus, and he did it for us. How have you fallen short of God’s requirements in verses 2-5? Confess your failures to God. Thank him for Jesus who makes it possible for us to live with God. Pray for the faith to follow the path that Jesus walked.

Luke 14:25-35

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. Jesus’ understanding of a true Christian is one who is a disciple. Disciples were common in Jesus’ day; they were the young apprentices who studied under the rabbis. Disciples sought more than knowledge, they wanted to become like the rabbi they followed. This has huge implications for us. A disciple is someone who goes beyond knowing facts about Jesus; he wants to become like him.

Salt was used in the ancient world as both a preservative and a flavor enhancer. For Jesus it is a description of a disciple’s role in our fallen world. We are to bring the flavor of God’s grace to an unforgiving world and our acts of love help preserve a world that has fallen into sin.

Pay close attention to …

  • The cost of being a disciple of Jesus. What must we be willing to give up?
  • What happens if we lose our “saltiness”.

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?

Final Prayer. Pray for the faith to believe the promises of God so that you might obey and share what you have learned.

2 Corinthians 1:1-11

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. Corinth was a prosperous Greek city located on a small strip of land that connected the northern and southern parts of Greece. The city was an important commercial center in southern Greece because it had ports with access to Rome in the west and Asia Minor (Turkey) in the east.

Corinthians is a letter from the Apostle Paul written to the church in Corinth. Corinthians follows the customary form of letters from that period. It includes:

  • The letter’s author (verse 1a)
  • The addressees (verse 1b)
  • Greetings (verse 2)
  • Prayer of thanksgiving (verses 4-11)

Paul will use several terms that bear explaining:

An apostle, literally, “sent one” and specifically, one who was witness to the life and death of Jesus Christ and sent out to share his message with the world.
When Paul refers to ‘saints’, he means all Christians and not a “super-class” of Christians.

Pay close attention to …

  • How Paul identifies himself in verse 1. The significance of what he calls Timothy. What does this tell you about how Paul regarded his fellow Christians?
  • Who is addressed in this letter (verse 2). Achaia was the region of Greece where Corinth was located.
  • What makes God the God of all comfort.
  • What two things flow from Christ into Paul and Timothy’s lives.
  • Why Paul and Timothy’s distresses and comforts benefit the Christians in Corinth.
  • Why God sent hardship into Paul and Timothy’s lives.
  • The role that the Corinthian church can play in alleviating the suffering of Paul and Timothy.

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?

Final Prayer. Pray for the faith to believe the promises of God so that you might obey and share what you have learned.

Deuteronomy 11:13-21

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. Moses is recounting the events of the exodus and the subsequent time in the wilderness. He would like to impress upon the people that it is of supreme importance for these Hebrews to relay these stories to their children (see Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and Deut. 8:3) and to remember that the word of God is more important than their very food. Here he is putting these truths into practice. Moses draws distinctions between the land the Hebrews had just left (Egypt) and the one toward which they were headed (Canaan).

Pay close attention to …

  • The command Moses is giving in verse 13
  • The LORD’s responsibility in this covenant (v. 14 )
  • How the blessings continue (v. 15 )
  • The danger of being “satisfied” [this is not in the reading ]
  • The danger of not faithfully obeying the commandments (v. 16-17 )
  • Verses 18-21

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?

Final Prayer. Pray for the faith to believe the promises of God so that you might obey and share what you have learned.

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