Saturday, December 20, 2014

December 20, 2014

Read:   Matthew 1:18-25, Genesis 37:5-11, 2 Timothy 3:16-17

How did God speak to the two Josephs? How did this impact the way they responded to life’s challenges?

How does God speak to Christians today? How should this impact the way Christians respond?

In what way do you think this is happening today? Why? How is God challenging you to know His word?

Advent Reading: Isaiah 35:4-6, 53:4-5, Malachi 4:2, Matthew 4:23, 9:20-22, John 11:45-48, Mark 12:24

Friday, December 19, 2014

December 19, 2014

Read:  Matthew 1:21-25, Luke 2:4-7, Matthew 2:13-15, 4:1-11

As the foster parent of Jesus, describe the ways in which Joseph was challenged. How did he respond?

How could he have responded? What would have happened?

How does both Joseph and Jesus provide a model for obedience? What steps does God want you to take?

Advent Reading: Matthew 2:13-16, 19-23, Luke 2:25-32

Thursday, December 18, 2014

December 18, 2014

Read:   Matthew 1:21-25, Luke 1:5-20

How did Joseph respond to God’s direction? How does this compare to Zechariah’s response to God?

What does this say about timing and obeying God? Why is this important for success?

How do you typically respond to a challenging moment? How do you need to be more like Joseph?

Advent Reading: Matthew 2:1-12, Psalm 72:10-11

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

December 17, 2014

Read:  Matthew 1:18-20, Luke 1:26-33

How were both Mary and Joseph described spiritually? Why is this important to consider during a struggle?

How can this get confused? (i.e. “good people have easy lives”) Why is this unbiblical thinking?

In what way have you experienced this truth? What current struggle do you need to rethink? Be specific.

Advent Reading: Job 38:4-7, Romans 8:38-39, 12:16, 1 Peter 1:10-12

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

December 16, 2014

Read:  Matthew 1:18-20, Genesis 37:17-28, 45:4-8, James 1:2-4

How did the two Josephs experience similar struggles? What was the end result? Why is this important?

In what way does this redefine something that is “bad”? What does this teach about avoiding a struggle?

How might God be using a current struggle in your life for the good? Be specific.

Advent Reading: Luke 2:8-20

Monday, December 15, 2014

December 15, 2014

Read:  Matthew 1:18-20, John 8:1-5, Luke 3:23, John 6:42

Why did Joseph want to divorce Mary? What would have been the cultural implications toward Mary?

How would the ministry of Jesus been impacted had Joseph gone through with a divorce? Give an example.

What does this teach about challenging times? How does this challenge you in a current struggle?

Advent Reading: Isaiah 9:6, Mark 1:4, 7-8, Luke 2:1-7

Saturday, December 13, 2014

December 13, 2014

Read:  Matthew 6:31-33, 11:28-29, John 14:27, Romans 8:28-29, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Phil. 4:19

List the different ways God promises to care for you in today’s reading. How does this make you feel?

Which promise stands out given your current situation? Why? How will memorizing the promise help?

Over the next month, commit to memorizing one of God’s promises each week. Journal your experience.

Advent Reading: Luke 1:57-66, 80, Luke 3:3-6, John 1:6-9, 15