Scripture reading for May 14th: Galatians 1
Key Scriptures: Galatians 1:3-8 “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to Whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting Him Who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel–not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the Gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a Gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.”
Paul was writing to the Galatian church concerning a troubling development that came to his attention. There were false teachers there who were distorting the Gospel of Christ Jesus. This was causing believers to desert Jesus Christ as the only way of salvation and begin to seek to find salvation through works of the Law in addition to faith in Jesus. This was troubling because there was only one Gospel and one Savior, Jesus Christ! Paul had received this Gospel by a revelation of Jesus Christ. Paul called down a curse on anyone, including angels in heaven or himself, who would preach another gospel. He repeated this for emphasis because this was a life and death matter.
Galatians 1:11-12 “For I would have you know, brothers, that the Gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for revealing Your Gospel of repentance and faith in Your sacrifice on Calvary’s cross. Thank You for revealing this Gospel to Your apostles and disciples, to Paul, and to me and all who have believed. Help me to preach the full Gospel of Jesus Christ.
2nd Corinthians 11:3 “But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”
Scripture reading for August 6th: Hosea 1-3, Matthew 16
Key Scriptures: Matthew 16:15-19 “He (Jesus) said to them (disciples), ” But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter Replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.””
Jesus was questioning His disciples at a location in Israel known for its idolatry. He asked them who people said He was and then who they said He was. Peter answered boldly: “You are the Christ, Son of the living God.” Jesus confirmed his answer as a revelation from God, and stated that the declaration would be the ‘rock’ on which He would build His Church! Hell and idolatry would not prevail against those who proclaimed “Jesus is the Christ!”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I believe You are the Christ, Son of the living God! I thank You for revealing God to me, building Your Church, and protecting it from Hell’s domination. Use me to share the Good News that Jesus is the Christ!
Hosea 2:19-20 “And I will betroth you to Me forever. I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy. I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. And you shall know the Lord.”
Scripture reading for November 17th: Romans 1-4
Key Scriptures: Romans 1:16-17 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes; first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written; “The righteous will live by faith.”“
Paul was proud to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ because through the simple message of Jesus’ life, death, burial and resurrection, the power of God for salvation was released to all who would believe. This included Jew and Gentile as well as every race, social status, gender and people group! The gospel was inclusive because it was by faith that righteousness was granted as a gift! Faith is the great equalizer, available to all!
The simplicity of faith: “Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. “See, he is puffed up; his desires are not upright--but the righteous will live by his faith–” (Habakkuk 2:2-4)
Scripture reading for May 25th: Job 35-38
Key Scriptures: Job 36:22-26 “God is exalted in His power. Who is a teacher like Him? Who has prescribed His ways for Him, or said to Him, ‘You have done wrong’? Remember to extol His work, which men have praised in song. All mankind has seen it; men gaze on it from afar. How great is God–beyond our understanding! The number of His years is past finding out.”
Elihu, a younger counselor and friend of Job, tried to encourage Job by telling him about God’s amazing knowledge and understanding. God’s great wisdom and abilities are so wonderful that they are beyond our natural understanding. God’s work has inspired worship songs throughout the generations. We may not understand all of God’s ways, but we can worship!
Thankful for Christ’s mind: The New Testament reveals that now through Christ Jesus, believers have revelation enabling them to understand God’s works! “The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment: “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” (1st Corinthians 2:15-16)