Daily Bible Readings – Thursday, December 28 2013 Thanksgiving

Prayer Psalm: 135

Prayer Point.  Fear reigns in our hearts when we forget and our God becomes small.  This psalm reminds Israel of the miracles God performed on their behalf.  How has God worked miracles in your life? Remember and thank God for them.  Confess your fears to God. Pray for the faith to trust him and not the false gods we turn to when we are afraid.

Matthew 20:1-16

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 often told stories or parables to describe the kingdom of God, the community where God’s will is followed and obeyed. This story speaks to how God rewards the subjects of his kingdom.

Considering that a denarius was the common wage for a day’s labor, is the landowner unfair in what he pays his workers? Why then do the workers who worked a full day get upset with this landowner? Can you think of a situation where God’s generosity to someone who didn’t deserve it angered you?

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 Peter 2:11-25

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. In yesterday’s reading we learned that Christians are God’s living temple and holy priesthood. Who are Christians with regards to the world? What Peter calls the world are human societies, cultures and communities that are still alienated from God.

How are we to live as aliens and strangers in this fallen world? How are we live under fallen and possibly evil governments? What two things are we in verse 16? How do you think these two things go together? How are Christians to live if they are caught in slavery? Why? Whose example are we to follow when we are unjustly persecuted? How was Jesus able to live like this? Look closely at verse 23. What impact does Jesus’ sacrifice have on the way we live our lives today?

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.

Zephaniah 3:1-13

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.

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.

 

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