Daily Bible Readings – Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 119:121-144

Prayer Point. Sometimes life is difficult even when you do the right thing. This section of Psalm 119 shows you how to pray when you are in this situation. Look at the requests David makes in this psalm and follow those requests into your own time of prayer for either yourself or someone you know that is in this situation.

Matthew 7:22-29

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. Why will some people, who profess to be followers of Jesus (say “Lord, Lord”) and even perform miracles, be shut out of the kingdom of heaven?  What are they lacking?

Matthew 7:24-27 is the conclusion of Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount.” What does Jesus expect his followers to do with his teaching? What does He call the person who hears His words but does not put them into practice?  What about the person who does live out Jesus’ teachings?

What is about Jesus and his teaching that amazes the crowd?

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 Corinthians 8:1-13

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. The subject of eating meat sacrificed to idols was a controversial subject for those living in the pagan Roman world. The meat from animals sacrificed to the local gods were offered for sale in cities like Corinth and Christians fought over whether it was allowable for them to each such meat.

How does Paul answer the question: ‘is it right for Christians to eat meat sacrificed to idols’? How does Paul view these other ‘gods’? Under what circumstances should Christians, who have no problem with eating meat sacrificed to idols, not eat it? Why are Christians sometimes called to lay aside their freedoms? In a church you will have both strong and weak Christians. Who should sacrifice for whom? Why?

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 18:9-25

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. The same forces that destroyed the northern kingdom of Israel in Samaria, now trained their sights on Judah. Hezekiah attempts to appease Sennacherib, king of Assyria, by emptying the royal treasury of its gold and silver and stripping the gold from the temple. But Sennacherib kept coming and now his supreme commander stood at the gates of Jerusalem.

How does Sennacherib challenge Hezekiah’s faith in God? What bold lie does Sennacherib utter in order to strike terror in the hearts of the people and induce them to lose faith in Hezekiah and the reforms that Hezekiah had done in obedience to the Lord?

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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