27. Mon, Eph 4:1-3. How do you feel about being called to walk in a manner worthy of your calling? How is worthiness described in these verses? Are these things you are doing with God’s help? 28. Tues, Eph 4:1-6. What enthusiasm does Paul urge us to maintain? How are we to maintain the unity of the Spirit? What is this bond of peace? Where does it come from? 29. Wed, Eph 4:1-6. What are the elements of the common ground all believers share? What hope? What faith? What baptism? 30. Thur, Mk 4:35-41. Why could Jesus sleep calmly in the middle of the storm? Why did the disciples panic? Why did they wait until things were critical? Would faith have awakened Jesus? October 1. Fri, Mk 4:35-41. How would you have felt had you been there, not fully understanding who Jeus was? Jesus is with you wherever you go. What storms has He calmed for you? 2. Sat, Ps 23. How does the first verse strike home to you? What does the Lord promise His children in the first 3 verses?
3. Sun, Ps 23. What is Jesus like as your shepherd? How have you experienced Him shepherding you? Why is He the perfect shepherd for you? What experiences do you & Jesus share? 4. Mon, Ps 23. What are or have been the most difficult experiences of your life? In what ways has Jesus made a difference to you as you’ve gone through these experiences? 5. Tues, Eph 4:7-10. How can we be certain of having enough grace (here referring specifically to spiritual gifts)? How is having enough also true of grace in general? How does this make you feel? 6. Wed, Eph 4:7-10. What does “He ascended/descended” refer to? Why is this series of events so important to us? 7. Thur, Eph 4:11-13. What sets the gift of Apostle (one of the Twelve + Paul) apart from every other gift? The gift of apostle could also refer to missionaries who go to other cultures. 8. Fri, Eph 4:11-13. The gift of prophecy can refer either to preaching tube Good News or to an authoritative utterance given by the Spirit. Why is this second kind of prophecy uncommon today? 9. Sat, Eph 4:11-13. What is the ultimate task of church leaders? What distinct contributions do apostles, prophets, evangelists & pastor- teachers make toward this task?
10. Sun, Eph 4:11-13. What should our goal as a church & as individual Christians be? What is one key element of growing to maturity for every Christian? What works of service am I doing? 11. Mon, Eph 4:14-16. What is the desired spiritual progression after we become believers? Why might new believers be tossed about & influenced by deceitful people? How might we help new believers? 12. Tues, Eph 4:14-16. As we grow toward maturity in Christ, what will begin to characterize our lives? How do you contribute to the unity of the body? How do truth & love work together? 13. Wed, Lk 12:13-21. Jesus refers to all kinds of greed. What kinds of greed have you encountered? Which ones trouble you? 14. Thur, Lk 12:13-21. What are the modern equivalents of building bigger barns? Why are some of these bigger barns attractive to us? How does greed interfere in our relationship with God? 15, Fri, Lk 12:13-21. How can greed be a subtle sin for us? How are we taught to be greedy? What remedy is there for greed? 16. Sat, Jn 2:1-11. What does Jesus attending a wedding feast tell us about Him? Why did Jesus seemingly refuse to intervene at first? Why did He bend to His mother’s request? 17. Sun, Jn 2:1-11. What does Jesus’ intervention at a wedding feast tell us about His attitudes toward people? What implications does His changing water to wine have for us & for the church?
Jesus said, “Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, & with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” - Matt. 22:37-39