Bible Reading Guide September 15-20, 2014

BIBLE READING GUIDE FOR THE WEEK
September 15-20, 2014

PHILIPPIANS
This letter is full of joy. The words “joy” or “rejoice” are used 14 times in Philippians. The Christians great joy is that our citizenship is in heaven.

Monday, September 15 — Philippians 1
Vv. 23-24 — Is Paul’s choice your choice? Is it to be with Christ in heaven or to stay here to be of spiritual benefit to others? We are a spiritual benefit to others when we bring family, friends and people the world over the joy of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. Both choices are great. Verse 23 indicates that death is better by far for the Christian because it opens to us a perfect life with Jesus forever in heaven. (v. 21)

Tuesday, September 16, Philippians 2
Vv. 5-11 — These verses give you a beautiful, concise description of Jesus’ humiliation and exaltation. Just how much Jesus loves us is taught us in vv. 7-8. Think what He, God’s Son who is holy, perfect and doesn’t have to die, did for us to free us from sin’s condemnation! Verse 6 is easier to understand in the new translation, “An American Translation.” It goes like this: “Although He (Jesus) was God, He did not consider His being equal with God as a prize to be displayed.”

Wednesday, September 17, Philippians 3, 4
Chap. 3:8,9 — There are 2 kinds of righteousness in a Christian’s life. One comes from the keeping of the Law. That one is rubbish as far as eternal life is concerned (v. 8). The Pharisees made that the way to heaven. To God’s Moral Law they added also all the Old Testament laws of worship, such as circumcision (v. 2). How are we saved? It’s only through Christ’s righteousness. That’s the holiness Jesus won for us by living perfectly for us and by paying for all of our sins on Calvary’s cross. Through faith in Jesus, that righteousness gives us life in heaven.
Chap. 4:4-8 — Here are passages that all of us should type out and look at day after day. Smut, indecency, impurity, and vulgarity can’t stand side by side with these words of God. Remember also these passages: I Cor. 6:19-20.

COLOSSIANS
The Apostle Paul is writing to Christians in Colosse, a city in Asia Minor. Today this would be called Turkey. In his epistle, Paul makes it crystal clear that Jesus alone is sufficient for our eternal salvation and for our day-to-day living.

Thursday, September 18, Colossians 1
Vv. 12-14, 21-22 — How are we saved? The source of our salvation is Christ’s redemption (v. 14). Through it and in it alone, God reconciles us to Himself, makes us blameless, qualifies us to be partakers of eternal life. Read also vv. 19-20.

Friday, September 19, Colossians 2
vv. 11-13 — When we are born into this world, we are dead in sin (v. 13). In Baptism we are circumcised, or changed. Through that wonderful, miraculous change, everything that Jesus accomplished for us (v. 12) through His death, burial and resurrection, becomes ours. God makes ua alive with Christ. He forgives us all our sins (v. 13).
Vv. 14, 16, 17 — Having wiped out the handwriting of requirements (NKJV) or the written code, as the NIV translates it, means that the Old Testament Mosaic Law no longer is in force. It pointed to Christ (v. 17). Once Christ came, He kept the Law perfectly for us. That perfection is charged to our account the moment we are baptized. Read also Titus 3:5-7. While the Old Testament Law of Moses was canceled, as New Testament Christians we are to keep the moral law out of love for what Jesus accomplished for us.

Saturday, September 20, Colossians 3,4
Chap. 3:5-23 — Chapter 3 is a beautiful chapter describing our new life in Christ. Paul points out to us how we are not to live in vv. 5-9. How ARE to live as Christians Paul sets forth in vv. 10-23 especially. Underline v. 16.
Chap. 4:3-4 — A good prayer that you could present to God for your pastors and teachers.
Chap. 4:9 — Onesimus was a runaway slave who had become a Christian. In the book of Philemon, Paul encourages Philemon to accept him back not only as a slave, but also as a brother in Christ.

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