May 21 - 27
Pray and read Joshua 24:15
But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15
1.) What are we challenged to in this passage?
2.) What is said about the household in this passage?
3.) How can this passage help you have stronger faith?
Pray and read Acts 1:8
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
1.) In this passage, what will give us power?
2.) After receiving the Holy Spirit, what are we told to do?
3.) How can you use this passage to help build the kingdom?
Pray and read John 21:14-18
This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead. When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter,“Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said,“Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said,“Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said,“Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him,“Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time,“Do you love me?”He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said,“Feed my sheep. Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” John 21:14-18
1.) What did Jesus mean when he told Simon Peter to "feed his people"?
2.) Why do you think Jesus asked Simon Peter if he loved him three times?
3.) How can you feed Jesus' sheep?
Pray and read Matthew 22:35-40
One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied:“ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
1.) What question was Jesus asked in this passage?
2.) What two commandments did Jesus bring up?
3.) How good are you at honoring these commandments?
Pray and read Ephesians 4:1-16
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.” (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Ephesians 4:1-16
1.) In verse 2, what are we told to bear each other in?
2.) In verse 15, how are we told to grow?
3.) In what areas of your faith can you grow? How can you achieve growth?
Pray and read 1 Corinthians 2:9
"However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him—" 1 Corinthians 2:9
1.) What are we told in this passage?
2.) What life do you believe God has prepared for you?
3.) What can you do to grow into that life?
Pray and read Jeremiah 29:11-12
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you." Jeremiah 29:11-12
1.) What is God telling us in this passage?
2.) How has coming to the church made a difference in your life?
3.) How has coming to the church helped you make a difference in others’ lives?