Moments with God
New Testament Bible Reading Plan
How sweet your words taste to me;
they are sweeter than honey.
Your commandments give me understanding;
no wonder I hate every false way of life. Psalms 119:103-104
I love how Psalm 119:103 expresses the feeling I get daily while reading God’s word. His words are our nourishment and we should desire to read them daily, like we crave sweets.
Psalm 119:104 speaks to our need to read the Bible with an honest desire to understand it. Don’t be content to just read the words of Scripture. Seek to understand the message they contain.
We need to believe what God reveals to us through are daily assignments and rest in His promises. But don’t stop at understanding, believing and resting…move on to applying what God says to your and do your best to obey His will in all things.
Don’t give up either…reading the Bible is not a race and it is certainly not a game. We can quickly lose the nourishment and strength of yesterday’s Word, when we are only reading it sporadically. We must feed our soul the manna God has given us, daily.
Don’t forget how important it is to read Scripture in its context, and use related Scripture to help interpret a passage’s meaning. Most of the questions that are posted with each daily reading give you another verse or verses to help you when you are seeking meaning in God’s word.
And the last thing I want to share with you before we begin today’s reading assignment…”The whole Book is about Him. Look for Him on every page. He is there. If you fail to see Him there, you need to read that page again.”
Today’s Bible Reading Assignment – Galatians 4-6
“But what do the Scriptures say about that? “Get rid of the slave and her son, for the son of the slave woman will not share the inheritance with the free woman’s son.” So, dear brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman; we are children of the free woman.” Galatians 4:30-31
Study Questions for Galatians 4
God Sent His Son (4:1-7)
How does human law of inheritance reflect God’s inheritance? (1-2) What were we in slavery to? (3) What are they? (Col. 2:8, 20-23)
What did Jesus subject himself to so that we may have full rights as sons? (4-5) Being sons how did God enable us to communicate with our daddy? (6) As sons what will we inherit? (7; Rom. 8:15-17; Gen. 15:1)
Until Christ is Formed in You (4:8-20)
What do the false gods mentioned in verse 8 have to do with special days in verse 10? What was Paul’s reaction when he saw this amongst the Galatian believers? (11)
How did the Galatians respond to Paul the first time he came to them? (12-14) As a result of accepting the gospel Paul preached, what did they have that they now lost? (15-16) What can we learn about why some who claim to be believers have no joy? (5:22-23)
What wrong motives should we watch out for in preachers and teachers even though they are zealous? (17-18) What does Paul compare teaching and preaching the gospel to? (19-20) What does Paul compare teaching and preaching the gospel to? (19-20; John 3:3, 6)
Hagar and Sarah (4:21-31)
What illustration from Genesis is sighted to further explain the point? (21-23) How was Isaac’s birth extra-ordinary? (Rom. 4:19: Heb. 11:11-12)
What happened at Mt. Sinai that is represented by Hagar? (24-25; Ex. 19:3-6) What is the home of the free children represented by Sarah? (26-27; Rev. 3:12-13, 21:1-3; John 14:2-3)
What else can we learn about the children of the two women? (28-29) What is the result of those who do not live by faith, that is by the Spirit? (30) Whose child are you? (31)
“You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom. This false teaching is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough! I am trusting the Lord to keep you from believing false teachings. God will judge that person, whoever he is, who has been confusing you.” Galatians 5:7-10
Study Questions for Galatians 5
Faith Expressing Itself Through Love (1-12)
How should we maintain the freedom which Christ gave us? (1)
What would be the Galatian Christians’ relationship toward the law be if they subject themselves to circumcision? (2-3) Toward Christ? (4) (Think about the importance of the issue of circumcision in Paul’s time and its modern application.)
How can Christians have the hope of righteousness? (5) What does “the righteousness for which we hope” refer to? What is truly valuable in Christ? (6) Why?
What are the sins of those who urged them to be circumcised? (7-9) What is the nature and reason for Paul’s confidence? (10)
To what extent did Paul hold onto the gospel of Jesus’ cross? (11) What was his attitude toward those who oppose the truth? (12)
Love Does Not… (13-15)
What is God’s purpose in calling each of us? (13) How should we use our freedom? What is the point of the law? (14) What is the truth of congregations that do not love each other? (15; John 13:35)
Keep in Step with the Spirit (16-26)
How should Christians live? (16)
How does the sinful nature oppose the Spirit? (17-18) What are the results of following the sinful nature? (19-21)
What are the fruits of the Holy Spirit? (22-23)
What does it mean to be Christians? (24) How should Christians live? (25-26)
As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation. May God’s peace and mercy be upon all who live by this principle; they are the new people of God. Galatians 6:14-16
Study Questions for Galatians 6
Carry Each Other’s Burdens (1-6)
Who is Paul addressing in verse 1? Can a brother sin? How should the spiritual deal with that person? What is possible for the spiritual according to 1b?
What is the burdens mentioned in verse 2? What is the law of Christ? (John 13:34)
Considering this whole letter, who thought they were somebody? (3) How can we test our own actions? (4-5; Mark 4:9) Verse 2 states we are to carry each other’s burden; then whose load does verse 5 state we should carry? What does this mean? (Matt. 11:28-30)
What does verse 6 mean?
A Man Reaps What He Sows (7-10)
According to verse 7 can a brother be deceived? Why mention that now? What does it mean “God cannot be mocked”?
What can a brother look forward to based on how he lives his life now? (8) According to verse 9, what might happen if we give up on doing good? Why might a brother grow weary in doing good? (Matt. 5:10-12)
Who are we to do good to? (10a) In doing good to all people who do some believers forget to do good to? (10b)
A New Creation (11-18)
Why might Paul give notice to his writing style? (11)
What were some trying to avoid? Why would being circumcised stop persecution? How can that be applied in our day? What other benefit do they get? (13)
What is the cross of Christ to us? (14) How often do you boast about the cross of Christ? What is the new creation? (15-16) What can we learn from Paul’s final greetings?
How does Psalm 119:104 relate to what you have been reading in Galatians 4-6?