Daily Bible Readings – Thursday, October 3, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 105

Prayer Point. Romans 1 tells us that our sin is rooted in our failure to recognize God and give thanks to him. We are often ungrateful because we forget what he has done for us. Psalm 105 recounts what God did for Israel, but what has God done for you? Take note of the big and small things He has done for you and offer Him your thanks.

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 9:1-15

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. What freedoms did Paul lay aside that were his by right as an apostle (messenger, one who was sent) of Jesus Christ? For what purpose does he surrender these rights? What good does Paul put ahead of his own personal happiness and fulfillment?

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 18:28-37

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. The people of Israel are faced with a stark choice. Either resist the Assyrians and face the possibility of annihilation or become their slaves.  How they decide will be determined by the answer to these questions: Who will be their LORD and Savior? Who will be the one who will give them life and a future?

What would the people of Jerusalem have to believe about their God in order to resist the Assyrians? We are faced with the same choice today. Who or what will be our Lord and Savior? Who will we trust for our security and prosperity?  Compare Sennacherib’s ‘promise’ in verse 31 to God’s promise in Deuteronomy 8:7-9.  

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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