Daily Bible Readings, Saturday, July 13, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 20

Prayer Point.  Our hope is not that we will be victorious, but that Christ our king will be victorious. That’s why Jesus taught us to “pray, your kingdom come, your will be done.” Pray today that Christ will bring his kingdom into the broken places of our world. Pray for the faith to trust not in military and political power (chariots and horses) but that our faith will rest on the name of the Lord our God.

Mark 1:14-28

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 background  to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background.  Jesus Begins His Ministry

What does it mean that “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand;”?

The Kingdom of God is simply a world where God’s people love God with all their hear, mind, and soul and love their neighbor as themselves. Can you imagine a society where everyone lived like that? That would be like heaven on earth, which is precisely what the kingdom of God is.

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

Here we see Jesus calling his first disciples. Notice their response. What was it about Jesus that made them immediately leave everything behind and follow him?

Jesus Heals a Man with an Unclean Spirit

Notice where Jesus takes his ministry. Jesus, as was the custom, went to the synagogue on the Sabbath. He began teaching and a man with an unclean spirit came and Jesus rebuked the spirit. Here we see Jesus’ authority reinforced by this miracle. How does Jesus demonstrate his authority as king of this new Kingdom 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?

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

Acts 11:1-18

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 to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background. Why is Peter criticized by the Christians in Judea? How does Peter explain his actions? What surprising conclusion do the Judean Christians draw from Peter’s story? You have to remember that for 1500 years, to be saved meant that you needed to become a full member of God’s people, the nation of Israel. This meant a full conversion to Judaism including circumcision. Here the church sees the Holy Spirit living in the hearts of uncircumcised people whom they regarded as unclean.

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.

1 Samuel 17:31-49

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? Use the “Background” below to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background. What is the source of David’s confidence?  How has David experienced God in his life?  What does he know about God that gives him the courage to fight on Israel’s behalf?  

In verse 43 tell us “the Philistine cursed David by his gods.”  Think back to God’s promise to “curse those who curse you (Israel).”  What is at stake here?  What is David fighting for?  What does he predict will happen when he is victorious?  

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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