Daily Bible Readings – Saturday, September 14, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 138

Prayer Point. Psalm 138 gives us a number of reasons to praise God. Pick one or two that speak to you and use those to offer your own prayer of thanksgiving.

Matthew 3:13-17

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. John says, “I need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?” What is Jesus’ response? Why does he respond that way? “…the heavens were opened…” We see God declare Jesus as his beloved Son and the Holy Spirit descending on him. What does the Father want us to know about his Son? What is the reason for this?

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.

Philippians 3:17-4:7

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. Christianity is more than a set of beliefs for Paul. It is also a way of life. How does this way of life contrast to the world’s way of life? What is the primary citizenship of a Christian? What is a Christian’s hope? How does this new identity and new hope affect the way a Christian should live? How would the Philippian Christians know what the Christian life looked like?

As Paul’s closes his letter to the Philippians with final remarks and greetings (chapter 4).What advice does Paul have for the church in Philippi? Why is Paul appreciative of the Philippian church? Why does he not “need” their kindness, even though he enjoys it?

What final hope for the Philippian church does Paul sign off with? What would your life look like if this was true of you?

 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 18:41 – 19:8

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 had not rained for years in Israel at the word of God’s prophet, Elijah, demonstrating without a doubt that Baal was not the god who controlled the weather and increased crops and caused livestock to multiply. Now with Baal, thoroughly discredited, God sends the rain. How else does God demonstrate his power through Elijah?

Elijah, whom I regard as a giant among the people of God, suffered a crisis of faith.  He became fearful.  He had brought a dead boy back to life, he called down fire from heaven, he opened heaven’s skies, and he rode to Jezreel on foot faster than Ahab who was in a chariot.  He was drenched in the power of God and yet now he was afraid.  In some respects this may demonstrate his humility – he doesn’t take the LORD or his power for granted. How does God respond to Elijah’s exhaustion and despair even though it looks to us like unbelief?

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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