Daily Bible Readings – Sunday, September 8, 2013

Prayer  Psalm: 103

Prayer Point. Are looking for a reason to praise God? Psalm 103 gives you a number of options. Concentrate on two or three and offer your own prayer of praise.

John 10:31-42

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? Using the following background as a guide.

Background. This passage begins with Jesus’ life being threatened for supposed blasphemy. In John 10:29-30 we see Jesus claim that he and the Father are one. In the Jewish world this would have turned anyone’s head and caused them to have concern. Why would Jesus tell the crowd he and the Father are One? What evidence does he point to to show he who he claims to be?

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 4:18-31

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. Peter and John were arrested for preaching the good news of Jesus in the temple. The Jewish authorities attempt to intimidate them into silence. Why don’t Peter and John back down? What have they just witnessed? Give this some thought, only weeks before Peter denied Christ three times.

The early church is now faced with persecution and in response they cry out to God. Where do they get the words for their prayer to God? Check your Bible’s footnotes for verses 25-26. How do they take the words of Psalm 2 and apply it to their own situation? What can this teach you about prayer? How does God respond to their prayers?

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.

1 Kings 12:21-33

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. How is an all out civil war averted in Israel?

What fear drives Jeroboam to build the golden calves and his own shrines to God in Bethel and Dan? Why did Jeroboam have no reason to fear? See 1 Kings 11:26-33. In what ways are your own sins rooted in your inability to trust God?

The book of Kings demonstrates to us that we need a king.  The trouble is that kingship corrupts everyone who holds the title.  Who will be that incorruptible king for us?

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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