Friday, December 2, 2016

December 2, 2016

Read: 1 Corinthians 3:12-17, Proverbs 9:10, 10:27, 14:27, Romans 2:12-16 

Why is it important to have a healthy fear of God? List the benefits of a godly fear stated in today’s Proverbs. 

What happens when God isn’t feared? How does this relate to pride and taking grace for granted? 

What is God teaching you about fearing Him? In what way are you at risk? How will you change? 

Advent Reading: Luke 1:68-79, James 5:7-10

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December 1, 2016

Read:  1 Cor. 3:12-17, Matthew 6:19-21, 2 Cor. 5:21, Romans 14:10-12, Luke 19:11-27 

Explain how all Christians will be judged by God. In what way will this be different than eternal judgment? 

How can this truth be missed by an imbalanced view of grace? Why will this lead to spiritual instability? 

How does God’s judgment make you feel right now? What does this reveal about spiritual instability? 

Advent Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34, Lamentations 3:24-26

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November 30, 2016

Read:  1 Corinthians 3:9b-11, John 8:1-11 

How did the religious leaders respond to the woman caught in adultery? How did Jesus respond? 

What was Jesus modeling in John 8:11? (Hint: “truth in love”) How is it a model for every Christian? 

In what way does a focus on Jesus always provide spiritual stability? How will you apply it today? 

Advent Reading: Psalm 130:1-8, 146:5-10

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

November 29, 2016

Read:  1 Corinthians 3:9b-11, Mark 1:15-16, John 1:43, 10:22-28 

How did Jesus recruit the disciples? In what way was it personal rather than religious? 

Why is this important to recognize? What can happen if this perspective isn’t maintained in church? 

How can you fall into this trap? Spend some time praying in order to reestablish that personal connection! 

Advent Reading: Isaiah 40:1-11

Monday, November 28, 2016

November 28, 2016

Read:  1 Corinthians 3:9b-11, Ephesians 2:17-22, 1 Peter 2:4-8, Hebrews 12:1-2 

Explain why Jesus is the “foundation” of Christianity. How were the Corinthians missing this truth? 

What have you seen replace Jesus in Christianity today? Why will this lead to spiritual instability? 

What has been your experience with this truth? How is God challenging you to refocus today? Be specific. 

Advent Reading: Psalm 80:1-7

Saturday, November 26, 2016

November 26, 2016

Read:  1 Corinthians 3:3b-9a, 1:10-13, Galatians 5:19-24, Matthew 9:35-38

What specific sin did Paul address in the Corinthian church? How did he help them see the problem?

What does this highlight about the way to chart spiritual growth? (i.e. time and truth)

As you measure your Christianity against God’s word, what do you see? What growth steps will you take?

Friday, November 25, 2016

November 25, 2016

Read:  1 Corinthians 3:1-3a, Hebrews 5:13-6:2, Psalm 119:103-104, Matthew 4:4 

What specifically does the metaphor of spiritual milk and solid food relate to? Give an example of each. 

What two other metaphors are used in today’s reading to apply to the same thing? 

How would you currently describe your spiritual diet? In what way will you eat more “solid food”?