Daily Bible Readings – Sunday, November 10, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 96

Prayer Point.  The world may appear chaotic, but God has made Jesus, whom we crucified, the LORD over all creation. He is the only God and ruler of this world. Meditate on this psalm (turn it over in your mind) and then respond with your own prayer of praise.

Luke 14:12-24

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. Jesus turns the practice of throwing a party on its head. What motivates people to invite their friends, relatives and rich neighbors? Why should we invite the poor, crippled, lame, and the blind?

If you invite the A list, you’ve already been _________. 
If you invite those society rejects, you will be ________ in the future.

Jesus is not just talking about the feasts we enjoy today (Thanksgiving is just around the corner), he also speaks of the Great Feast that we will enjoy on the day of his return. It is a blessed thing to “eat at the feast of the kingdom of God.” Sadly, not all will enjoy this feast as Jesus’ story illustrates.

Why do so many of the invited guests miss out on the feast? Do these problems exist in our time? Who is invited to replace those who scorned God’s invitation?

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 24:10-21

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. While Jesus was with the apostles he gave them this promise:

Matthew 10:18 On my [Jesus’] account you will be brought before governors and kings and be witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

This is Paul’s moment to see Jesus’ promise fulfilled. Arrested in Jerusalem. Falsely accused by the Jews of starting a riot by bringing an uncircumcised Gentile into the temple, Paul has been brought before Governor Felix and after the Jewish authorities made their case, Paul is summoned to make his defense.

What word does Paul use to describe the Christian faith in verse 14? Why is this significant for us?

How does Paul connect his new faith in Jesus Christ to the faith of his birth, Judaism? How does Paul view the Jewish Scriptures (the Law and the Prophets)? Is his hope the same or different from the hope of Judaism? How does Paul explain the charges that have been brought against him?

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.

Ezra 10:1-17

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. How does Ezra’s repentance inspire the people around him? How does the repentant hearts of the people move them to take action?

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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