Moments with God
New Testament Bible Reading Plan
Help me understand the meaning of your commandments,
and I will meditate on your wonderful deeds.
I weep with sorrow;
encourage me by your word. Psalm 119:27-28
We have the answer to every problem, the solution to every dilemma, wisdom, discernment, joy, peace, love…anything and everything that we need can be found in the Bible. The only thing we need to do is ask God for enlightenment from His word.
Thank You, God for the Spirit’s transforming work within us. We love You and we come to You today with willing hearts, ready to be changed by Your Spirit, in any way You see fit. As we open our Bibles today, we are on the alert for any changes in our actions and attitudes that You feel need to be transformed. We are relying on Your strength and Your grace, as we move forward in this day, to do those things that You have called us to do through our time alone in Your presence. In Jesus name, Amen
Today’s Reading Assignment – Matthew 24
“I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.” Matthew 24:34-35
Study Questions for Matthew 24
How important is the theme of Jesus’ return in the Bible? Why does God give it such prominence?
What causes your interest in Jesus’ return to rise or wane?
Why does the Bible forbid us from setting dates for Jesus’ return?
Getting into the passage: Read Mathew 24:1-14
What were the three questions the disciples asked Jesus in verse 3?
In verses 4-8 Jesus describes a series of birth pains? What are they? Why does Jesus call them birth pains?
In verses 9-12 Jesus describes a series of tribulations. What are they? Why does Jesus call it tribulation(s)?
Read Matthew 24:12. Give some examples of what causes our “love to grow cold.” What are some “warning signs” in our own life that might indicate that our “love is growing cold”? What can we do to respond to these “warning signs”?
Read Matthew 24:15. What is the Abomination of Desolation Daniel spoke of and Jesus mentions here? (Read Daniel 9:24-27).
Read Matthew 24:29-31. What is the sign of Christ’s coming? What causes the sign of His coming to be universally noticed?
Applying the Text:
Identify one or two new insights from this study that seemed important to you. Why?
Pray. Ask God to help you not be caught up in speculations and dates, but in readiness for his appearing. Share your prayer, if you feel God is moving you to do so.