Fall Bible Reading Challenge Sept 22-December 31

The Fall Bible Reading Challenge begins next week!

Bible Reading Guides can be downloaded at the bottom of this page…

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P.R.A.Y. Psalm 110

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Photograph of medieval canvas “Abraham and Melchisedek” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

P.R.A.Y. Psalm 110

Because this is a short Psalm with just a few verses, WRITE OUT THE PSALM WORD FOR WORD.

Consulting more than one translation of Psalm 110 (available at this link), write out how you’d explain the Psalm in YOUR OWN WORDS.

Lastly, P.R.A.Y. the Psalm… writing out how this Psalm leads you to Praise and Thanksgiving – Reflection, Repentance and Returning to Jesus Christ – Asking, Seeking and Knocking (Kingdom oriented prayer) – Saying “Yes!” to God… be sure to include 1 to 3 “I will” statements…what you will personally focus on putting into practice in the coming week in response to God’s Word in Psalm 110.

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P.R.A.Y. Psalm 67

The LORD make his face shine upon thee

The LORD make his face shine upon thee (Photo credit: Hindrik S)

Psalm 67 – May The Peoples Praise You

Overview:
Goal: To understand the Psalms and Psalm 67 better – not only how they were used in ancient times but how modern Christians use them to pray and worship.

Remember:

Question: “How do you learn to love the Lord will all your heart, soul, strength, and mind and obey everything He commands?”

Answer: “Oh, I Pray! (O.I.P.R.A.Y.) the Bible”

Observing & Interpreting Psalm 67

Read Psalm 67 twice at least.

Then read these two passages:

Genesis 12: 1-3

Numbers 6: 24-26

How do these passages relate to Psalm 67?

What is the purpose of God’s blessing as stated in Psalm 67?

What, then, is Psalm 67 a prayer about?

How Do These Verses Lead you To…

P. = Praise and Thanksgiving?

R. = Reflect, Repent, Return to Jesus Christ?

A. = Ask, Seek, and Knock (Pray Kingdom Oriented Prayers)?

Y. = Say YES! to God’s Will

Follow through:
Pray – Turn your answers into active prayer, praise, repentance, and seeking God’s strength to carry out your plans to follow His will!

Remember… Saying “YES!” to God’s Will revealed in Scripture ultimately leads us to SHARE & BLESS.

SHARE – What you’ve found with your household, friends, and/or small group this week!

Who do you know who needs to hear what you’ve discovered?

BLESS – How will you, your household, small group, etc. live out a lifestyle of mercy this week?

Weekly Challenge:

  • Continue reading Psalm 67 this week. Observe, Interpret and P.R.A.Y. through the Psalm and be prepared to share next week.
  • How are you doing trying to obey God’s Word when you study it weekly? Are you saying “Yes!” to God and putting it into practice?
  • Are you sharing what you learn with other people inside and outside the Body of Christ? Start with your household, then a friend.

P.R.A.Y. Psalm 139

P.R.A.Y. Psalm 139 – You have searched me and known me…

Whole hearted followers of Christ are baptized Christians who seek to love the Lord with all their heart, soul, strength, and mind (Lk 10:27) and obey everything Christ has commanded (Mt 28:18-20).

Goal: To understand the Psalms and Psalm 139 better – not only how they were used in ancient times but how modern Christians use them to pray and worship.

Question: “How do you learn to love the Lord will all your heart, soul, strength, and mind and obey everything He commands?”

Answer: “Oh, I Pray! (O.I.P.R.A.Y.) the Bible”

Let’s begin with PRAYER…

O – Let’s start by OBSERVING the Psalm… what does it SAY in these key sections:
Psalm 139: 1-6
Psalm 139: 7-12
Psalm 139: 13-16
Psalm 139: 17-18
Psalm 139: 19-22
Psalm 139: 23-24
I – Let’s INTERPRET the Psalm. What does each section MEAN? Can you summarize it in your own words?

Some special questions come up with Psalm 139…

  • What are your thoughts as you read verses 19-22?
  • Does reading Luke 14:26 and/or Revelation 2:6 give any insight for you about interpreting Psalm 139:19-22?
  • How are verses 19-22 balanced by verses 23-24?

How Do These Verses Lead you To…

P. = Praise and Thanksgiving?

R. = Reflect, Repent, Return to Jesus Christ?

A. = Ask, Seek, and Knock (Pray Kingdom Oriented Prayers)?

Y. = Say YES! to God’s Will

•Pray – Turn your answers into active prayer, praise, repentance, and seeking God’s strength to carry out your plans to follow His will!
Remember… Saying “YES!” to God’s Will revealed in Scripture ultimately leads us to SHARE & BLESS.
SHARE – What you’ve found with your household, friends, and/or small group this week!
Who do you know who needs to hear what you’ve discovered?
BLESS – How will you, your household, small group, etc. live out a lifestyle of mercy this week?
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P.R.A.Y. Psalm 119

P.R.A.Y. – Psalm 119 – Oh how I love your law!

Hinterglasbild Psalm 119, 22 (Text) Hammerhof,...

Hinterglasbild Psalm 119, 22 (Text) Hammerhof, Deggenhausertal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Overview:

Goal: To understand the Psalms and Psalm 119 better – not only how they were used in ancient times but how modern Christians use them to pray and worship.

Background: Psalm 119 is considered a Psalm mainly devoted to “Wisdom”. It praises God’s instruction for living or “Torah”. We think of “laws”as harsh rules to be obeyed or face penalties. In the Old Testament context of the covenant between God and His people, God’s instruction is better seen first and foremost as loving fatherly advice intended not to penalize but to give the Lord’s wisdom for obtaining a blessed life.

With 176 verses, Psalm 119 is the longest “chapter” in the Bible. It is obviously longer than many whole “books” of the Bible.

It has 22 subsections or “stanzas” with 8 verses each in alphabetical order – if you’re using the Hebrew alphabet that is! Each verse in each section begins with the same Hebrew letter in fact!

As you read the Psalm, how many different ways of saying “God’s Law” can you find in your translation? In English class we called these “synonyms” – two words describing approximately the same thing! How many different synonyms for “law” can you find?

If the statements the Psalmist makes about his love for God’s instruction were true for your life, how different might your life be? What do you think you’d have to change? A lot? A little? What comes to mind? Is that frightening to you?

Consider this: A Christian man who wants to be a missionary himself goes on Facebook and finds that one of his high school friends is himself a missionary. He is working with people who have never heard about Jesus before, who have never been exposed to “Western Christians”, and who come from a very zealous religion and who risk everything to follow Jesus.

The first man asks “Can I visit you and bring a mission team?”

Much to his surprise he hears an emphatic “No!” – this missionary trains new believers to immediately put in to practice what they learn from God’s Word and share what they learn with others.

This missionary does not want them exposed to outsiders, especially Western Christians who might spread their bad habits to these new Christians. He doesn’t want his converts to think that people can be “Christians” without being, in essence, “Psalm 119 Christians”.

What do you think about that?

Additional Helps and Tools:

  • Use more than one Bible version (i.e. New Living Translation, English Standard Version; New International Version). By comparing different versions, often a question is answered.
  • The  ESV Study BibleNIV Study Bible, and NET Bible have notes can help you understand various Bible issues and provide additional information

Weekly Challenge:

 Read through Psalm 119 this week. Observe, Interpret and P.R.A.Y. through the Psalm and be prepared to share next week.

 How are you doing trying to obey God’s Word when you study it weekly? Are you saying “Yes!” to God and putting it into practice?

 Are you sharing what you learn with other people inside and outside the Body of Christ?