1. Preparation: Pray and Read Through Your Passage Record your prayer for God’s help. • Father, you sent your Son to earth on a mission: To seek and to save the lost. • Part of that mission was also to destroy the devil’s work: His work of deception, accusation, and destruction. • Because Jesus overcame … Continue reading Praying Scripture | Revelation 12
This Sunday as we close out our missions festival by focusing on Acts 8:27-40, which recounts Philip sharing the gospel with an Ethiopian. This post simply contains the Scripture with a few devotional questions and thoughts for you to prepare to hear God's Word preached. Scripture: 26Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, … Continue reading A Devotional Guide for Acts 8:26-40 – The Gathering at Gaza
Praying Scripture | John 20:19–23 19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his … Continue reading Transforming the Fearful into the Faithful – A Prayer Guide for John 20:19-23
“I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.” —Philippians 3:8 Spiritual knowledge of Christ will be personal knowledge. I cannot know Jesus through another person’s acquaintance with him. No, I must know him myself; I must know him on my own account. It will be an … Continue reading Do You Know Jesus Christ Personally?
—2 Corinthians 7:10 Genuine, spiritual mourning for sin is the work of the Spirit of God. Repentance is too choice a flower to grow in nature’s garden. Pearls grow naturally in oysters, but penitence never shows itself in sinners except divine grace works it in them. If you have one particle of real hatred for … Continue reading “Godly sorrow works repentance.”
The Lord’s Prayer serves as a regular component of corporate worship. Why do we regularly use this prayer? Simply put, Jesus taught his followers to pray this prayer. We avail ourselves regularly of the Lord’s Prayer because it instructs us: That prayer should always begin with adoration before it moves to petition. That prayer must … Continue reading Why do we pray the Lord’s Prayer regularly?
Click here: A Prayer Guide through Colossians 3:12-17 It is very sad and unfortunate that many view Christianity primarily as a moral code instead of the grace-filled relationship that it is. I, for one, grew up thinking that becoming a Christ-follower involved keeping rules with clenched fists. However, I have come to learn that … Continue reading Praying for Your Church: A Flourishing Community of Grace
Preparation: Pray and Read Through Your Passage Record your prayer for God’s help. King Jesus, we desire to be those who are eternally blessed by your Father. So, we ask that the door into your everlasting kingdom be opened for us. Give us the grace to hear your Spirit speaking to us through your Word … Continue reading Praying Scripture | Matthew 25:31–46
When sin entered the world, alienation and hostility began to characterize mankind’s relationship with God. Left to our natural selves, our eyes are blind to true beauty, our minds are hostile to God, and we are dead in our trespasses and sins. This succinctly describes our desperate condition before our hearts are opened to believe. … Continue reading The Power of God in a Manger and God on a Cross
How do we navigate life well and all of its decisions with God’s wisdom? Many will say: “Listen to your heart.” Just a few verses earlier in Proverbs 14 we read: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” Our hearts can and often deceive us … Continue reading The Fear of the Lord