Daily Bible Readings – Saturday, March 1, 2014

Prayer Psalm: 104

Prayer Point. Why is God worthy of our praise? He created our world; the valley, the mountains and the seas.  He has given rhythm to our world with days, nights, weeks, seasons and years. He is our provider and he is our Savior. Think about the world God has made, meditate on Jesus’ death and resurrection and offer God your own psalm of praise.

John 12:20-26

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. Word spreads in Jerusalem that Jesus, who raised Lazarus from the dead, is coming to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Passover. Those who hear the message rush out to meet him, hailing him as the King and Messiah sent by God to save them. Not all who  are interested in greeting Jesus are Jews.  John tells us that there are Greeks in the city who also wish to meet Jesus.  These men had come to the city to celebrate the Passover.  Most likely they would have been “God-fearers” or Gentiles who worshiped and followed the God of Israel but had not yet fully converted by undergoing circumcision.

Jesus will not directly answer their question, but instead talks about his death (lifted up = crucifixion) and its implications for those who would follow him. “Son of Man” is a title that Jesus used for himself and is a reference to Daniel 7:13-14.  The Son of Man in that prophecy ascends to heaven on the clouds and is given the authority to rule over heaven and earth for eternity.

Pay close attention to …

  • The comparison between Jesus and a kernel of wheat.  What will not happen unless he dies?
  • What is expected of those who wish to follow Jesus. How must they view life?

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.

2 Timothy 1:1-14

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. Some of the most poignant literature are letters written from prison. We are fortunate to have Martin Luther King’s letters from the Birmingham Jail and Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s writings from his final days in a Nazi Prison. This is one of those letters. Paul is a prisoner in Rome and he is about to die. He writes to a young man, Timothy, whom he personally trained and now leads the church in Ephesus. Timothy was raised up for this moment; to continue Paul’s work as his life comes to a close.

Pay close attention to …

  • How Paul understands his role in life. Note that ‘apostle’ means ‘one who is sent.’
  • The nature of Paul’s relationship with Timothy.
  • The gift that God gave Timothy and what he is to do with it.
  • Why Paul invites Timothy to be bold and join with him in suffering for Jesus.
  • What Timothy is asked to do with the training Paul gave him (verses 13-14).

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.

Proverbs 8:22-36

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?

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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