Daily Readings

Daily Readings

Matthew 8:5-13

The Centurion’s Servant  A Roman Centurion demonstrated a faith greater than all those in Israel. When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, pleading with him, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible agony.” He said to him, “Am I to come and heal him?” “Lord,” the centurion replied, “I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a…

John 13:34-35

A New Commandment  Jesus instructed his followers to love one another, which would be a sign that they were truly his disciples. “I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Pastor John’s Notes: In this passage, Jesus is in the upper room and is about to be arrested. He knows that…

Matthew 16:13-20

Peter’s Declaration about Jesus Jesus pressed his disciples to make a personal affirmation of their faith, and blessed Simon Peter for his declaration that Jesus is the Son of God. When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But you,” he asked them, “who do you say that…

Matthew 13:1-9 and 18-23

The Parable of the Sower Jesus explained some of the main stumbling blocks to fruitful discipleship. On that day Jesus went out of the house and was sitting by the sea. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, while the whole crowd stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “Consider the sower who went out to sow. As he sowed, some seed fell along the path,…

Luke 6:46-49

The Call to Responsible Action Jesus once expressed frustration that his disciples were not putting his teachings into action. He used a brief parable of wise and foolish builders to illustrate the importance of action. “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do the things I say? I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and…

Matthew 10:1-20

Twelve Disciples Become Apostles Jesus chose the Twelve disciples, gave them authority, and sent them ahead of him into the Jewish villages in preparation of his coming. Summoning his twelve disciples, he gave them authority over unclean spirits, to drive them out and to heal every disease and sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: First, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas…

Luke 5:1-11

The Call of the Fishermen Jesus called the fishermen to follow him with the promise that he would teach them to fish for people. As the crowd was pressing in on Jesus to hear God’s word, he was standing by Lake Gennesaret. He saw two boats at the edge of the lake; the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, which belonged to Simon, and asked him to put out a…

John 1:35-42

This week our subject is discipleship, which is an orientation to the principles, values, and practices of the kingdom of God. The purpose of discipleship is to bring us to spiritual maturity where we are proficient in living a kingdom-centered life and to train us to serve in the world as Christ’s representatives. Discipleship requires our daily commitment and the partnership of other disciples. The First Disciples Two God-seekers, John and Andrew, had become disciples of John the Baptist. After…

Galatians 5:16-26

Live by the Spirit – The Fruit of the Spirit The Apostle Paul contrasts a worldly life with the life of the Spirit. I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will certainly not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. But if you are led by…

Acts 2:37-47

Live by the Spirit – The Day of Pentecost The Holy Spirit was poured out on the Day of Pentecost, a Jewish celebration, and 3000 people became followers of Jesus Christ. When they heard this, they were pierced to the heart and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles: “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will…