Daily Bible Readings – Sunday, October 6, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 145

Prayer Point. Psalm 145 gives us a number of reasons that God is worthy of praise. Pick one or two that resonate with you and use them to worship God. Pray that these things will be remembered and passed on to our children.

Luke 7:11-17

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.In Jesus’ day it was very important that a widow have someone from her family to provide for her.  If no family members were alive to take her in she would be reduced to begging for food.  Unless a relative came to her aid her future was bleak.

What does this passage say about the power of Jesus over death?  What does it say about the importance of taking care of the poor and needy?

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 12:1-17

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? You can use the following background to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background. What motivates King Herod to begin persecuting the church?

Think about this. Jesus had twelve disciples, but he had an inner core of three disciples: Peter, James and John. These became the core leaders of the church. James is now dead. Peter is in imprisoned. The church hangs by a thread. What does the church do in response to this crisis? How does God rescue his church?

In case you were wondering. There were two James in the early church. James, the brother of John, who was killed and James the brother of Jesus.

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 20:1-21

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. This chapter represents a “flashback” of some 12 years before the threat from Sennacherib. Hezekiah falls ill and Isaiah announces that he is going to die. Hezekiah refuses to accept Isaiah’s prophecy and begins to argue to with God.  What does this tell you about his relationship with God? Does God stick to his guns, or does he have a change of heart? Why? What sign does God give Hezekiah that he will be healed?

What foolish mistake does Hezekiah commit and how did it sow the seeds of the future destruction of Judah and Jerusalem?

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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