Daily Bible Readings – Saturday, January 11, 2014

Prayer Psalm: 148

Prayer Point. All of creation praises God. If we were quiet enough we could hear the melodies pouring out of heaven and rumbling from the depths of the sea. Be quiet for a while. Get outside if you can. Look at the world that God has made and join the praises of all creation.

John 14:6-14

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.  Jesus revealed himself in a series of important “I am” statements that are recorded in the gospel of John (see John 6:35; 6:51; 8:12; 9:5; 10:7, 9; 10:11, 14; 11:25; 15:1, 5). In today’s reading he declares himself to be “the way, the truth and the life.”

This conversation between Jesus and his disciples Philip and Thomas takes place on the night of Jesus’ arrest and the evening before his death. The disciples believe that they are the verge of a great victory which will topple the Romans and end with Jesus on the throne. They don’t understand that Jesus’ road to victory will go through the cross, the grave, his resurrection and his return to heaven and so they are devastated to hear that he will be leaving them. Jesus reassures them that one day they will be with him where he is going (heaven) and that they know the way. Thomas is confused for he knows neither the place where Jesus is going, nor the way. Jesus then responds, “I am the way, and the truth and the life.”

Pay close attention to …

  • Where the way of Jesus leads (verse 6).
  • What Jesus the truth reveals to us. If you really knew me, you would know … “ (verse 7)
  • Jesus’ relationship with God the Father and how they work together.
  • What is true of those who have faith in Jesus and what they will be able to do when Jesus leaves.

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.

Colossians 3:1-17

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 guide you.

Background. There is a pattern to Paul’s teaching in today’s reading:

1. This is who you are because of Christ.
2. Now be who you are.

Verse 1a: This is who you are because of Christ … _________________________________________

Verse 1b-2: Be who you are by … _______________________________________________

Verses 3-4: This is who you are because of Christ … ______________________________________

Verses 5-10: Be who you are by …___________________________________________
(What do you put to death? What do you put on?)

Verse 11-12a: This is who you are because of Christ … _______________________________________
(Therefore as _________________)

Verses 12b-17: Be who you are by … __________________________________________

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 55:3-9

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 guide you.

Background. We see David mentioned again here with “my faithful love promised to David”. What is the faithful love promised?  What does the Lord advise (or command) so that “your soul may live”?  Of whom is Isaiah (the LORD) speaking in verse 4? [I believe the LORD is referring to David. For all his faults, David was viewed as faithful to God and righteous and upright in heart. See 1 Kings 3:6 ] In verse 5 things shift a bit. Who is being addressed here? [The Messiah – calling all both Jew and Gentile.] “For he has endowed you with splendor…” What do you understand that to mean? [If this refers to Jesus, then it is echoed by Paul in Philippians Chapter 2 verses 5-11 “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” NIV]

Verse 6 encourages us to ____ ___ ____ and ____ __ ___. What is beautifully described in verse 7?  What is promised next?  Describe what verse 8 means to you: “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.”

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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