Daily Bible Readings – Saturday, October 12, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 104

Prayer Point. Why is God worthy of our praise? He created our world; the valley, the mountains and the seas.  He has given rhythm to our world with days, nights, weeks, seasons and years. He is our provider and he is our Savior. Think about the world God has made, meditate on Jesus’ death and resurrection and offer God your own psalm of praise.

Matthew 9:35-10:4

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. Notice what Jesus does here. He teaches, preaches, and heals. What did the miracles of Jesus say about his preaching and teaching? See what happens here when Jesus sees the crowds. How does he react?

What does Jesus give his disciples that is so revolutionary? What is the connection between the healings and his message? We also live in a world with huge needs. Where do we start according to 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.

1 Corinthians 12:27-13:3

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 bkground to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background. The first ‘you’ in verse 27 is plural. We in New England don’t differentiate between the singular and plural you, but if we were among our brothers and sisters in the south, this passage could be translated: “y’all are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” What is our collective identity as a Christian community? How does each of us fit into the larger community? What roles and gifts does Paul list for us?

As great as the spiritual gifts are, what is the greatest ‘gift’ of them all as we transition to chapter 13? What must accompany our gifts, talents, and accomplishments if they are to have any meaning?

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.

Jeremiah 35:1-9

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. Jeremiah, as a prophet, used more than words to communicate the messages they received from the LORD. They used actions, street theater, anything that would shock the people and grab their attention.

The Recabites were an non-Jewish clan, who for generations had carried on the traditions of their ancestor Recab and revered the God of Israel. What is ironic about the Recabites commitment to their forefathers’ commands when it comes to Israel? What must Israel do to remain in the land God had given them? What reward will the Recabites receive for their faithfulness?

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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