Daily Bible Readings – Monday, August 12, 2013

Psalm Prayer: 89

Prayer Point. God’s story with Israel is a tale of God’s faithfulness despite their faithlessness. God saves his people. God’s people forgets their Savior. God sends judgment. God’s people cry out and God sends a Savior. This is also our story. Praise God for his faithfulness to you. Confess your unfaithfulness to him. Finally, take your needs to God and ask him to save you, again.

Mark 9:42-50

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 often used strong language to call attention to serious problems. These suggestions are not meant to be followed literally, but to highlight the dangers of sin.

When Jesus refers to salt in verse 50 he has in mind salt’s preservative qualities.

Pay close attention to …

  • Jesus’ attitude towards the destructive power of sin and the danger it presents to us.
  • Jesus’ understanding of hell.
  • What it means for us to be “salty” and how it impacts our relationships with others. The dangers of losing your saltiness.

Obey. What is God asking me to do?

Repent. How have I failed to obey 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?

Share. What can I share and with whom can I share it?

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

Acts 20:17-38

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.  Paul is in a hurry to get to Jerusalem, a journey which I believe Paul understands will be his final one. Still, he has great love for the church in Ephesus, a community where he spent years of his life. Instead of visiting the church, which would have delayed his trip considerably, he sends for the elders (pastors) of the church in Ephesus so that he might say goodbye. Here in the final words of Paul we get a glimpse of what he believes to be most important for the leaders of the Ephesian church.

What do we learn about Paul through his description of his mission to Ephesus and the region of Asia (see verses 18-27)? How would you describe his mission and his devotion to it? How would you describe his relationship with the elders of Ephesus?

What two commands does Paul give the elders (also called shepherds) of the Ephesian church in verse 28? How does God feel about the church that he has entrusted to these leaders? What should these leaders watch out for (see verses 29-31)?

You might have noticed that Paul took great pains to model everything he taught. What did Paul demand of himself? What did he expect of these leaders? What lesson did his life teach them according to verse 35?

What does Paul’s final parting with these men tell you about their relationship?

Obey. What is God asking me to do?

Repent. How have I failed to obey 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?

Share. What can I share and with whom can I share it?

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 13:23-39

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?

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.

One thought on “Daily Bible Readings – Monday, August 12, 2013

  1. WHAT IS YOUR SOURCE FOR THE TRUTH?

    If you are searching for the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, who and what are you going to consult? If you are looking for advice, information and instruction on how to be saved from sin and how to live the Christian life, where can you find God’s inerrant truth.

    Are you going to consult books written by:
    Clement of Rome
    Irenaeus of Lysons
    Tertullian
    Augustine of Hippo
    Polycarp of Smyrna
    Bishop Fulton Sheen
    Martin Luther
    John Calvin
    John Knox
    George Whitefield
    Charles “Chuck” Colson
    Cotton Mather
    Jerry Falwell
    Billy Graham
    John Piper
    Max Lucado
    Alexander Campbell
    T. D. Jakes
    Oral Roberts
    Dwight Moody
    Joesph Smith Jr.
    Mary Baker Eddy
    Charles Taze Russel
    Sun Myung Moon
    L. Ron Hubbard

    DO YOU REALLY WANT TO TRUST YOUR SALVATION TO THESE MEN?

    As for me I trust the book written by these men:
    Moses
    Daniel
    Matthew
    Mark
    Luke
    John
    Paul
    Peter
    Jude

    I trust the book that was inspired by God.
    2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God….

    WOULD THERE BE THOUSANDS OF DENOMINATIONS, IF ALL MEN WOULD JUST CONSULT GOD AND HIS VIEW FOUND IN, HIS BOOK, AND HIS BOOK ALONE?

    THE BIBLE SHOULD BE YOUR MANUAL FOR THE TRUTH!

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