Daily Bible Readings – Saturday, January 4, 2014

Prayer Psalm: 85

Prayer Point. God has forgiven us in the past. How can we expect Him to forgive us today? Because God’s love and faithfulness, righteousness and peace, came together in Jesus.  He forgives us because Jesus bore the curse for our sin and earned our blessings with his perfect life. Confess your sins to God and receive the forgiveness that Jesus earned for you.

John 9:1-12, 35-38

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 guide you.

Background. Most Jews in Jesus’ day assumed that birth defects such as blindness were punishments from God for sin.

Jesus uses the term, “Son of Man” to refer to himself in verse 25. Far from being a generic way of saying, “I’m just a guy like you,” the term was Jesus’ way of saying, “I am God.” It is reference to a vision of God in Daniel 7:13-15 …

Daniel 7:13-15 In my vision at night I looked and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him …

Pay close attention to …

  • Jesus’ explanation of the reason for this man’s blindness and how his healing fulfilled that purpose.
  • The blind man’s full healing in verses 35-38.

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.

Ephesians 5:1-20

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 guide you.

Background. There is a pattern to Paul’s moral teaching: what we are commanded to do always flows out of what we have become through the grace of God. This is important. Religious or legalistic ways of relating to God say, “live right and you will be accepted as a child of God.” The gospel that Paul preaches says, “live right because you are already a child of God.” Religion feeds off fear. The gospel fuels a life of love through gratitude.

Ephesians 5:8 For you were once in darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. (your identity by God’s grace) Live as children of light. (command to live out of this new identity)

Pay close attention to …

  • What should not exist in the lives of God’s dearly loved children.
  • The contrast between what the Ephesians once were and what they have become (verse 8).
  • What it means to live as children of the light (verses 8-15); what you do, what you don’t do.

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.

Joshua 3:14-4:7

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 guide you.

Background. What occurs at the Jordan that has a ring of familiarity? (See Exodus 13:17-14:22) What does the LORD tell Joshua to do once the people have crossed the Jordan? Why twelve stones? What is the point of the exercise?

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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