Daily Bible Readings – Saturday, July 27, 2013

Psalm Prayer: 55

Prayer Point. What are you afraid of in this world? What concerns do you carry with you every day? The opposite of living in perpetual fear is a life of continual prayer. Try praying throughout the day.  Put this verse into practice: “Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.”

Mark 6:1-13

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

Background. Jesus returns to Nazareth, the town his parents were from and where Jesus spent most of his childhood. He enters the local synagogue and because he is recognized as a traveling rabbi, he is given the opportunity to teach, which involved reading from the Old Testament and then sitting down to explain the passage to the congregation.

In verses 6-13, we see the disciples move to the next level in their training with Jesus. Up until this point, the disciples had been passive observers of Jesus’ miracles and teachings. Now they are sent out to do the very things they had watched Jesus do.

Pay close attention to …

  • How the villagers respond to Jesus’ teaching and why.
  • How the villagers lack of faith impacted Jesus’ ministry there.
  • The mission that Jesus gives his disciples; the authority they are given, how they are sent out, what they take and don’t take, where they are to stay and what they do if they are rejected.
  • The results of the disciple’s ministry.

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 15:22-35

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 to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background. I don’t think people realize how extraordinary a step it was for Jerusalem church to accept Gentiles without circumcision. This wasn’t a cultural preference, but a command from the Old Testament that they were setting aside. This is amazing considering that Jesus was silent on this issue. He left them to wrestle with this question without him.

As you read the letter from the Jerusalem Council, what insight does it give you into how they came to their courageous decision? Who guided them? What does this decision do for the church and the preaching of the gospel?

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 Samuel 1:1-16

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 does the Amalekite attempt to curry favor with David? What did this man not understand about David’s relationship with Saul and with God? What was the one thing David was never willing to do even while Saul was trying to kill him? (See verse 14).

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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