Bible Readings: Nov. 25 – Dec. 1

Christ Was Born for This is our Advent season worship theme for 2013. From December 1st (Communion Sunday) to Christmas Eve our worship messages will focus on various aspects of biblical truth as to why Jesus came to earth. These Bible Readings and Prayer Points are loosely based on the book Why Christ Came: 31 Meditations on the Incarnation by Joel Beeke and William Boekestein (RHB, 2013). This book is readily available in both paper and Kindle editions.

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Daily Bible Readings Nov 25 to Dec 1

We recommend you have a notebook and pen for answering questions and recording your thoughts and insights. Bring this notebook with you to Faith Group for discussions and prayer times. Select a quiet place and consistent time to read and pray. We also recommend you pray for a moment before you read God’s word and ask for his illumination by the power of the Holy Spirit as you read.

Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points

Monday, November 25

Hebrews 2:14-18

TAI: Christ came to earth to be made like His people, to take upon Himself the flesh and blood of our human nature.  As you read these verses, look for all the things Christ accomplished through His Incarnation (becoming human).

PP:  Jesus Christ was born perfect.  As the perfect man, Jesus represents the great hope for imperfect people.  Our imperfections are many—we are enslaved by the devil, we fear death, we owe a debt we cannot pay, we succumb to many temptations.  Praise God that through Jesus, coming in human form, He frees us, delivers us, pays the penalty for our sin and gives us help in our temptations!  Ask Him for help in facing your temptations!

Tuesday, November 26

1 John 3:4-10

Review Hebrews  2:14-18

TAI: Jesus came to destroy the devil and his works.  What are the works of the devil and those who follow him?  What works do you see in our society today?  What are we as children of God to be on guard against?  What characterizes Christ and those who follow Him?  According to vs 10, what two things identify children of God vs children of the devil?

PP: The devil has always raged against God and His Church seeking her destruction (John 8:44).  But Jesus entry into the world in human form heightened the intensity of the battle.  Ultimately Satan, the dragon, will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 20:10).  Praise God for His coming into the world to destroy the devil and his works.  Pray for those who you know who are still deceived and doing the works of the devil.

Wednesday, November 27

Matthew 2:1-11

TAI: The wise men understood that Christ came to be worshiped.  The wise men came to king Herod with a question and a statement of their mission.  What was their question and what was their mission?  Did they receive an answer to their question?  Did they accomplish their mission?

PP:  Note that the wise men did not come to worship Herod, in fact they were warned not to return to him.  There is a warning here for each of us.  Do not worship the things of this world-people or things!  What a simple but profound passage!  The ultimate purpose in life—To find Jesus and to Worship Him!  Have you found Jesus?  Worship Him if you have.  Are you still looking?  Come to the manger, recognize Him for who He is-King, Creator, Savior.

Thursday, November 28

Psalm 100

(See also Psalm 95)

Happy Thanksgiving!!

TAI/PP:  Thanksgiving, a holiday with many traditions associated with it.  May one of those traditions include:

  1. Praising God for who He is—reflect on His attributes, His character, His love, faithfulness, etc……….   (add as much as you can)
  2. Thanking God for what He has done—creating us, loving us, making us His people, etc……….

Friday, November 29

Luke 2:8-20

TAI:  Christ came to bring great joy.  A familiar scene in those days—shepherds, sheep, night time.  But a what an experience awaits.  A great light shattering the darkness, an angel staring you in the face.  What was the reaction of the shepherds?  What was the message of the angel?  What was the response of the shepherds?  Compare the initial reaction of the shepherds to the angel to the final reaction of the shepherds to seeing the baby Jesus.

PP:  How natural it is to be very afraid, yet how comforting it is to hear the words, “Fear not, there is good news of great joy”.   Jesus came to turn great fear into great joy!  Are you afraid of something you are facing in your life right now?  Come to the manger and seek God and praise Him for who He is.  Know of someone facing a fearful situation.  Bring them to the throne of God in prayer.

Weekend, Nov 30/Dec 1

John 6:41-51

TAI:  Jesus is the bread that came down from Heaven.  Here Jesus is comparing Himself with another kind of “bread” that came down from Heaven.  Do you know what that was called?  How is Jesus different from that bread?  What ultimately happened to those who ate the other bread verses what happens to those how partake of Jesus?

PP:  This Sunday is Communion Sunday and this is a fitting passage to consider as we remember Christ’s body broken for us.  Bread was and is a common everyday item we are all familiar with but it also had much spiritual significance throughout the Old and New Testament.  Please pray for Pastor Dave Vilhauer as he leads us in exploring the spiritual representations of the bread.