Posted by: heisourstrongtower | March 24, 2013


Moments with God
New Testament Bible Reading Plan
Day 52

You made me; you created me.
Now give me the sense to follow your commands.
May all who fear you find in me a cause for joy,
for I have put my hope in your word.
I know, O Lord, that your regulations are fair;
you disciplined me because I needed it.
Now let your unfailing love comfort me,
just as you promised me, your servant. Psalm 119:73-76

Heavenly Father, Lord God of the universe, we seek to praise You with all our heart. We set apart this time of our lives exclusively for You, to bow our hearts and minds before You in humble adoration. We set apart this place of worship as a sanctuary, even as we set apart our hearts as a sanctuary, for Your indwelling holy presence. We ask that You guide our thoughts and words as we praise You, that we might approach in expression sincere praises that You find worthy of Your surpassing greatness. We pray that someday soon everything that breathes will praise Your holy Name. Help us pray with happy hearts in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen

Today’s Reading Assignment – Acts 13-14

Bible Reading Plan Day 52

“One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Dedicate Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.” So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way.” Acts 13:2-3

Study Questions on Acts 13

Barnabas and Saul Sent Off (13:1-3)

Who were the prominent Bible teachers in the Antioch church? (1) What does this suggest about spiritual leadership of the church?

What are the characteristics of the Antioch church? (2a) Who initiated the church to send off Barnabas and Saul? What is its importance? (2b) How did the church send the first missionaries? (3)

On Cyprus (1-12)

How is the Antioch church (congregation) described? (13:1-2, 6:5, 11:19-27) What’s the difference between a prophet and a teacher? What were they doing? Who spoke to them? Does the Holy Spirit still speak to his people?

Where did they go? Why there? (4:36, 11:19-20) When they got there what did they do? What does this show us about the relationship between the early churches?

Who did they meet? (6-8) What did he do? (8) What did Saul say to him? What does this tell us about what happens when we do the work of preaching the gospel?

What was the result? (7, 12)

Paul Preaches About Jesus In Pishidian Antioch (13-41)

Who left? (5, 13) Why? (15:37-38) What does this tell us about living for Jesus and the gospel work he has called us to?

What did they do on the Sabbath? What day of the week was this in our calendar? See what Paul wrote to the Roman belivers in Romans 14:5-8. How is the keeping of the Sabbath described? (15) Who were in the room? (16)

What do you know about the beginning of God’s working with Israel? (17-23, 36-37) What other proof did Paul give? (24-25) What word of God also testifies about Jesus? What is so special about Jesus? (38-39) What happens if we rely on the Law and not Jesus for salvation? (40-41)

Paul’s Gospel Mission (42-52)

What was the immediate result of Paul’s message? (42-43) What happened the next Sabbath? Why would the Jews there be jealous of other Jew’s successful ministry? What were they afraid of? Why?

What was Paul and Barnabas’ response to their fellow Jews’ rejection? Why did the Lord command this?

Who believed and who did not? What did each do? How is this still a mark of the gospel work, especially in these last days of the age of preaching of the gospel? Pray that the Holy Spirit may reveal to you the source of this jealousy and the way it will end.

But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard what was happening, they tore their clothing in dismay and ran out among the people, shouting, “Friends, why are you doing this? We are merely human beings—just like you! We have come to bring you the Good News that you should turn from these worthless things and turn to the living God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them. In the past he permitted all the nations to go their own ways, but he never left them without evidence of himself and his goodness. For instance, he sends you rain and good crops and gives you food and joyful hearts.” But even with these words, Paul and Barnabas could scarcely restrain the people from sacrificing to them.” Acts 14:14-18

Study Questions on Acts 14

Preaching in Iconium (1-7)

Despite what Paul and Barnabas said and experienced in Pisidian Antioch, where did they go when they reached the neighboring town? Was the response any different? Can you think of any other message that has such reactions? Is this type of reaction to the gospel happening today and in your ministry? Did Jesus tells us that this will happen in his disciples ministry?

How did the Lord Jesus testify to the truth of their ministry? (3) Even with such convincing proof what happened? What does this tell us about the nature of sin in a person’s life who refuses the simple message of salvation?

Preaching in Lystra and Derbe (8-20)

What did Paul and Barnabas eventually have to do?

Who did Paul notice there? What does it mean to have faith to be healed? What does this tell us about salvation and the power of the gospel?

Inspite of Paul’s message what mistake did the people make? (11-13) What did Paul and Barnabas do? What does this tell us about how messengers of the gospel is to resist glory that comes from men?

How did and does still God work with people even when there is no one there to preach the gospel? (16-17)

Who came from previous cities that Paul and Barnabas had preached at? What did they do? What could compell someone to go so far to resist the work of God?

The Return to Antioch (21-28)

Where did they go next? What was the result of their preaching?

Why would they backtrack considering the opposition they faced in those cities? (22) What does this tell us must happen in our mission?

What did they do before they went back home? (23) What does this tell us about their faith in God’s work verses their staying there?
What did they continue to do as they went back home? (24-25) What did they do when they returned to Antioch? (26-28) What does the fact that they stayed in Antioch a long time tell us about their faith in God’s work the new churches that were planted?



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