Reading the Scriptures Together - Week of July 15, 2018

Reading the Scriptures Together is a weekly post that is intended to serve as an extension of our Sunday Sermons. This reading plan is a compliment to the sermon, A Survey of the Kingdom of God.

Overview of this Week’s Reading – The Kingdom of God

John the Baptist was Israel’s first prophet in 400 years.  He burst onto the scene breaking the silence and warning people to repent because the Kingdom of God was at hand.  In the Gospel according to Luke, we find that John would “turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him (the Messiah, Jesus) in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”  Many in Israel were happy to think that the Kingdom might soon be restored.  

In this weeks reading is comprised of passages that help us consider the Kingdom of God.

Monday: Matthew 13:44-46- A few verses to remind us that the value of the Kingdom of Heaven is immeasurable, and worthy of “whatever it takes.”  

Tuesday: Hebrews 11 - This lovely passage is an encouragement to consider ourselves as “strangers and exiles on the earth.”  

Wednesday: Matthew 21 – We see The King entering upon a donkey, lowly and humble, coming to serve rather than to be served.  The chapter ends with the parable of the tenants, where Jesus tells the chief priests and Pharisees that “the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits.”

Thursday: 2 Peter 3 – Reminds us that there is coming a final day, when things will no longer be as they are now.  In light of this, we are told, that we should conduct ourselves in holiness and godliness.

Friday: Psalm 51 - Read Psalm 51 in preparation for our service on Sunday. As you read ask yourself these questions: What does this passage teach us about God? What does this passage teach us about ourselves? Also, take time to write down questions that you have about the Psalm, then come on Sunday and listen for answers to those questions.

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