Daily Bible Readings – Sunday, September 22, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 34

Prayer Point. David is remembering when God miraculously saved him and allowing that memory to move to worship. Take time today to think about a time when God intervened in your life and offer God your own prayer of praise.

Luke 3:7-18

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. The Jewish people believed the promise God made to Abraham that he would make a great nation through his descendants. Through natural birth the viewed themselves as a privileged people. John the Baptist is telling the people that they were created for something more than themselves. What is John saying here to the people? What does repentance look like according to John the Baptist? How do we live a life of repentance? John heralds the Messiah. What was the people’s expectation? How does John respond?

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 9:10-31

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.  Paul (also called Saul) traveled to Damascus (Syria) to seek out Christians and have them thrown into prison. But on the way, Paul met someone he did not expect, Jesus. The vision of Jesus leaves Paul blinded and he now sits helpless in Damascus. With Paul immobilized, God begins to go to work.

Why can’t you blame Ananias for his hesitancy to go to Paul? What is God’s purpose for Paul now that he has saved him? What power does Paul receive in order to carry out God’s mission? God returns Paul to his familiar world, the synagogue. What new message does he preach? What reception does Paul get in Damascus? What happens to him when he tries to connect with the church in Jerusalem? Who steps in on Paul’s behalf? If you read on in the book of Acts, you’ll find this person worthy of the award, “best supporting actor.”

How is Paul received by the Jews in Jerusalem? What happens to the church in Jerusalem once Paul is sent away? If you read on in the book of Acts you’ll see how God uses this powerful (and potentially destructive man) to push his church out beyond the confines of Judaism and brings Christ to the nations. We need to people to keep the peace, but we also need people who shake things up.

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 Kings 4:8-37

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. In what way does this story serve as evidence that the spirit of Elijah now rests on Elisha? (see 1 Kings 17:7-24). How does Elisha remind you of Jesus? Who was the spirit that rested on Elisha and Elijah?

Mark 1:10 As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.

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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