Daily Bible Readings, Sunday, August 11, 2013

Psalm Prayer: 66

Prayer Point. The poet of Psalm 66 remembers the acts of God which saved his people and he bursts out into song. What has God down in your life? Remember them.  Write them down and spend some time today thanking him.

John 3:22-36

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. We are introduced to John the Baptist in John 1:6-8:

John 1:6-8 There came a man who was sent from God, his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.John’s mission was to prepare the people for the coming of their Messiah, Jesus, through his preaching and ministry of baptism.

Pay close attention to …

  • Why John the Baptist is not upset about  losing followers to Jesus.
  • How John views himself and how he sees Jesus (see bride, bridegroom and friend in verse 29).
  • How John’s destiny compares to Jesus’ (see verse 30).
  • What is true of those who accept (or reject) Jesus.

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 15:1-13

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 to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background.  Every church will have strong and weak Christians. In a world where the weak are always forced to serve the strong, Paul calls us to something different.

Pay close attention to …

  • How strong Christians are called to treat weak Christians and why (verses 1-4).
  • How Jews and Gentiles are called to treat each other in the church and why it is so important.

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 13:1-22

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. David’s sin with Bathsheba has sowed the seeds of turmoil in his own family. God told David that one day, someone close to him would take his wives. In this reading we see the first step of the unraveling of David’s family. How is Amnon’s sin like that of his father David’s?

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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