June 11 - 17
Pray and read Matthew 19:16-26
"Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” “Why do you ask me about what is good?”Jesus replied.“There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.” “Which ones?” he inquired. Jesus replied,“ ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’” “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” Jesus answered,“If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. Then Jesus said to his disciples,“Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said,“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”"
1.) What does Jesus say in verse 26?
2.) Can you think of a time when you leaned on God for strength?
3.) How can you remind yourself to pray for God's strength when you need it?
Pray and read Jeremiah 29:11
"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."
1.) What are we told in this passage?
2.) What plans do you think God has for your life?
3.) How can you achieve the life God has planned for you?
Pray and read Acts 1:1-9
"In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command:“Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them:“It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 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.” After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight."
1.) What will we receive from the Holy Spirit?
2.) Where are we to be witnesses?
3.) How might a passage like this influence you as a Christian?
Pray and read 2 Chronicles 16:9
"For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.”"
2 Chronicles 16:9
1.) What are we told about the Lord’s eyes in this passage?
2.) Why does the Lord search the earth?
3.) Does this passage give you strength?
Pray and read John 15:9-17
"“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you."
1.) What does Jesus say will happen if we obey his commands?
2.) What is Jesus' command in this passage about love?
3.) What does this passage say about greater love?
Pray and read Romans 6:8-14
"Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace."
1.) Why should we count ourselves dead to sin?
2.) We should offer ourselves to God as instruments of what?
3.) How can you be better about living your life for Jesus?
Pray and read Luke 9:23-25
"Then he said to them all:“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?"
1.) What does verse 24 say about those who lose their life for the Lord?
2.) What is the question asked of us in verse 25?
3.) When is a time you sacrificed for the Lord? If you haven't, what is a way you can sacrifice for the Lord?