Daily Bible Readings – Friday, November 29, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 143

Prayer Point. Does God hear the prayers of sinful people? This psalm reminds us that we would have no hope if he didn’t, for all people are unrighteous in the eyes of God, and yet he answers all those who call on him in faith. How are you empty today? What are you afraid of? Where do you need wisdom in your life?  Take these all today to our gracious God.

Matthew 20:17-28

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. The disciples and most Jews in Jesus’ day believed that the Messiah would destroy the Roman occupation force and reestablish a kingdom of Jewish kings who would bring peace, justice and prosperity to the world.  How is Jesus’ vision for becoming king different from the popular view?

Jesus has just announced that he will be betrayed and die before he is crowned king. How does the request from the mother of Zebedee’s sons (James and John) show that she doesn’t get what Jesus is saying about the kind of king he will be? The cup Jesus refers to us is the cup of God’s wrath that he will drain for us on the cross. How do we know that James and John don’t get it either? For that matter, how do you that the other disciples don’t understand what it will mean for Jesus to become king?

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 3:13-4:6

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 is generally true for those who do good (verse 13)? How should we react if we do suffer for doing right? How does Christ’s suffering serve as an example of how we should live in this life? How does Christ’s suffering give us the power to suffer while doing good?

What benefit is there to suffering in 1 Peter 4:1? How did the people Peter is writing to live before they encountered Christ? What new life were they living now? How are these different?

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.

Isaiah 24:14-23

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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