Daily Bible Readings, Sunday, July 21, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 63

Prayer Point.  Are we hungry and thirsty enough to reach out to God? Meditate on the promises of this psalm. Confess our lack of faith in these promises. Pray for the faith to believe that God, not money, not relationships, will satisfy us.

Matthew 25:14-30

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’ earthly ministry is coming to a close. Soon he will leave earth and journey to his Father in heaven. To prepare his disciples for his departure, he tells the story.

Who is the master in the story? Who are the servants? What are the talents that are given to the servants? Which servants are praised? Why? Which servant is condemned? Why? How did the servant who hid his talents view the master?

What will we have to believe about God in order to freely invest what he has given us in the work of building Jesus’ kingdom?

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.

Romans 11:33-12:2

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. It was not unusual for Paul to break out into spontaneous worship in his letters. Romans 11:33-36 is a prime example. What is it about God that causes Paul to worship? Who is God and who are we in relation to him? What does all creation (all things) exist for?

Worship is not only an activity that we participate in on Sunday mornings. It is a 24/7 activity where we declare to the world what we hold to be of highest worth. It can be money, a career, a relationship or it can be God. What does this life of worship look like according to Paul?

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 23:1-18

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

Background. How has David replaced Saul as the protector of Israel?  What do you notice about David’s relationship with God?  What does he do before each major decision?  

God’s priest Abiathar, the lone survivor of the priests at Nob, is now with David and not with Saul.  He carries with him the Urim and the Thummin, oracle stones through which the high priest could determine the will of God.  It is likely that this is how God communicated his answers to David.

When David flees to the desert, who comes out to support him?  What amazing declaration does Jonathan make?  Compare Jonathan’s attitude toward the throne in contrast to his father Saul.  What was most important for Saul?  for Jonathan?

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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