Home Study for January 5 through 10, 2015

Monday – Read I John 1:5-10
Why does John say that we deceive ourselves if we claim to be without sin?
How may we be forgiven and cleansed?
Is there any sin God won’t forgive when we confess it?
Are there any sins that you need to confess so you may be sure that you are
forgiven and cleansed? Take time to do that.

Tuesday – Read Psalm 103:12-13 and Jeremiah 31:34
How completely does God forgive our sins?
What confidence does this give you as you come to Him to be forgiven and
cleansed?
Give God thanks for being so forgiving.

Wednesday – Read Romans 8:26-28
Why does God work all things for good in the lives of those who love and
serve Him?
How can He do this?
When is a time that you saw God work good out of a painful or difficult time
in your life? What did that do for your faith?
What is God saying to you? How will you respond?

Thursday – Read Romans 12:1-2
How does submitting our hearts and lives to God as an act of worship and
help us to know His will?
How does knowing God’s will help us live in the present and the future?
How do these verses encourage/ challenge you? How will you respond?

Friday – Read Isaiah 40:21-26
What do these verses tell us about God?
What do they tell us about the things of men?
What hope do these verses give us as we face problems?

Saturday – Read Isaiah 42:5-9
How does this promise apply to us as God’s people today?
What hope does this give you for the ways God wants to work in and through
our lives as His people and His church?


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Home Study for December 29 through January 3, 2015

Monday – Read I Peter 1:13-16
How can we prepare our minds to act for Jesus?
What difference does this preparation make in how we live each day?
What does it mean for us that God is holy?
Can we fulfill this call to be holy on our own? What/who do we need?
How does this passage challenge you? How will you respond?

Tuesday – Read I Peter 4:7-1
Why are we to live clear minded and self-controlled lives?
How does that impact our ability to pray?
How does it allow us to live in love?
How does it help us to live to give God glory?

Wednesday – Read I Peter 5:6-11
How does humility allow us to be self-controlled?
How does being self-controlled allow us to resist the attacks of Satan?
How does this passage encourage you? What will you do?

Thursday – Read I Thessalonians 5:1-11
We do not know when Jesus will return. How should we live in these days?
How does being self-controlled help us to live in the light of Jesus in these days?
How does this passage challenge you? How does it encourage you?

Friday – Read II Peter 1:3-11
How can we escape the corrupt nature of the world?
How are you doing in working with the Holy Spirit to add the qualities of verses 5-7 to your life?
How does this passage encourage you? How will you respond?

Saturday – Read Philippians 3:12-16


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Home Study for December 22 through 27, 2014

Monday – Read Galatians 4:1-7
What is the difference between being a slave and a child?
How does this apply to being a child of God?
What does this mean to you?
Take a moment to express your feelings to God.

Tuesday – Read Romans 4:1-8
What is the difference between wages earned and a gift?
Why has God chosen to make salvation and eternal life gifts?
Why does God make receiving His gift of salvation so easy?
Why do humans complicate it so much?
What is God saying to you? How will you respond?

Wednesday – Read Romans 5:1-5
What brings us peace with God?
Have you received that peace?
When we are living with Jesus, how does He work for good through the difficulties we face?
How does this passage challenge/encourage you?

Thursday – Read Romans 5:6-11
What does this tell us about the timing of Jesus’ life?
What does His death for us tell us about depth of His love for us?
Take time to thank Jesus for what He has done in, through and for you.

Friday – Read Romans 8:1-4 and 9-17
How do these verses encourage you?
What hope do they give you?
What does it mean to you to be a child of God?
Take time to give Jesus thanks for what He has done for you.

Saturday – Read Galatians 5:22-23


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Home Study for December 8 through 13, 2014

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Monday – Read Matthew 5:1-12
Blessing, God’s favor, comes to us in some of the most surprising ways. What do these verses tell us is important to God?
Take time to pray through this passage and allow the Holy Spirit to minister to your heart.

Tuesday – Read James 4:6-10
Why is God so opposed to human pride?
Why does He honor humility?
What encouragement do you find in verse 7?
What is the Holy Spirit saying to you? How will you respond?

Wednesday – Read Ephesians 4:1-6
How do the qualities of love, humility, patience and gentleness allow us to live a life worthy of God’s call upon our lives?
How do those qualities allow us to live in unity under Jesus?
What is the Holy Spirit saying to you? How will you respond?

Thursday – Read I Peter 2:13-17
What do you find to be the most challenging in this passage?
Why?
According to verse 15, why are these instructions important?
How are the church and God’s people doing at fulfilling this call in the U.S. in these days?
How does living as we read here give our testimony more authority in the eyes of people?
What is the Holy Spirit saying to you? How will you respond?

Friday – Read I Peter 2:21-25
How can we follow Jesus’ example but still proclaim His truth?
How should these verses impact how we view Jesus and ourselves?
How can we live out this challenging call?

Saturday – Read Galatians 5:22-23


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Home Study for December 1 through 6, 2014

Monday – Read Psalm 34:8
How is the Lord described here?
What does that mean to us?
What hope does that give you?
How can you share that hope with those who need to hear it?

Tuesday – Read Psalm 23:1-6
Who is the source of the goodness and love mentioned in verse 6?
How can we experience that goodness and love every day?
How can we share that same goodness and love with others?
How does this passage encourage you? How does it challenge you?
How will you respond?

Wednesday – Read Psalm 37:1-9
What direction do we receive here about doing good?
What promises do we see here?
How does this passage encourage you? How does it challenge you?
What will you do?

Thursday – Read James 1:22-25
What direction do we receive here about growing in goodness?
How have you found this to be true in your life?
What does it take for us to both know what’s good and to do it?
How will you respond to this passage?

Friday – Read Matthew 7:15-20
What does it take for us to produce good fruit in our lives?
Why is this important?
What can we do to grow in goodness and good fruit?
How does this passage challenge you? How will you respond?

Saturday – Read Galatians 5:22-23


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Home Study for November 3 through 8, 2014

Monday – Read II Peter 3:8-9
How would you describe God’s patience?
Where would we be without God’s patience?
How does this encourage you? Challenge you?
What will you do today to show patience to someone?

Tuesday – Read I Timothy 1:15-17
Why did Jesus come into the world?
How does His salvation display His unlimited patience?
How is our salvation a testimony to those who still need to be saved?
How might you be able to share this message with someone this week?

Wednesday – Read James 5:7-11
What example of patience are we given here?
In those days farmers were totally at the mercy of things that were not under their control, how is that like the things that make us impatient?
Why is it important for believers to be patient with one another?
How does this passage challenge you? What will you do?

Thursday – Read I Corinthians 13:4 and Ephesians 4:2
How is showing patience an act of love?
To whom should we show patience?
How do these verses challenge you?
How will you respond?

Friday – Read Lamentations 3:19-24
How does this passage reveal God’s patience toward us?
When does God’s compassion for us end?
How does recognizing God’s compassion and patience shown in our lives help to develop those qualities in us?
Wait upon God and give Him thanks.

Saturday – Read Isaiah 43:18-19
Why does God continually lead us to new things?
What new things is He doing in you?
Rather than being scared of the new, trust God in it.


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Home Study for October 6 through 11, 2014

Monday – Read Ephesians 5:1-2
As we think about being imitators of God and living a life of love, what is most intimidating to you?
What is most exciting to you?
According to verse 2, how would you describe the love of Jesus?
How might you show that same love to others this week?

Tuesday – Read John 13:33-35
Jesus gave this command to His disciples just before His arrest and ultimate death and resurrection. What does that tell us about the mportance of loving others?
Why would Jesus choose love to be the defining quality of His people?
How is the church today doing at showing love?
Pray for God to fill His people and church with His love.

Wednesday – Read Hebrews 4:14-16
How does Jesus understand the temptations we face?
What hope does that give us?
Why are we able to approach God’s throne with confidence, even when we’ve blown it?
How do you need Jesus to help you today?
God to Him and ask Him to be at work in you.

Thursday – Read Colossians 3:12-14
How does knowing that we are loved by God better enable us to show mercy, to forgive and love others?
Think of a time when you really experienced God’s love. What was happening in your life? How did you feel?
What might you do each day to experience more of God’s love fresh and anew?

Friday – Read II Thessalonians 3:1-5
One of Paul’s reasons for writing this letter was to encourage persecuted believers. What encouragement do you find here?
What do you think it means to “direct your hearts into God’s love?”
What would that do for us?
Take time to pray that prayer for yourself and our church.

Saturday – Read Galatians 5:22-23


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Home Study for September 29 through October 4, 2014

Monday – Read Psalm 25:4-7
What words are used to describe God’s love in this passage?
Is this the same love that He has for you?
What does that mean to you?
How will you respond to God’s love?

Tuesday – Read Psalm 31:16, 36:7-9 and 63:3
What words are used to describe God’s love in these verses?
Is this the same love that He has for you?
What does that mean to you?
How will you respond to God’s love?

Wednesday – Read Jeremiah 31:3 and 33:11
How is God’s love described in these verses?
Is this the same love He has for you?
What does that mean to you?
How will you respond to God’s love?

Thursday – Read Romans 5:1-8
What is the greatest evidence of His love that has God given us?
How does it make you feel to know that God loves you that much?
How can such a love help you to overcome anything you may face?
How will you respond to God’s love?

Friday – Read I John 3:1 and 4:18
What does it mean that God “has lavished” His love on us?
How does it make you feel to know that God loves you that much?
Who can love with “perfect love?”
Why does receiving that love drive out fear?
What fear do you need God to drive out of your life in these days?
Invite Him to work in you.

Saturday – Read Galatians 5:22-23


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Home Study for September 22 through 27, 2014

Monday – Read Psalm 42:1-2 and 11-12
Can you think of a time when you thirsted for God like this?
What did you do? What did God do? What happened?
Ask God to meet the thirst in your soul and take time to listen and experience His response.

Tuesday – Read Psalm 44:1-3
What value is there in recounting what God has done in the lives of other people? In your life?
List five unexpected ways God has worked in your life.
According to verse 3, what gave victory to God’s people?
What gives us victory in our lives?

Wednesday – Read Hebrews 4:14-16
Why can we trust Jesus in our time of need?
What confidence does this give us when we need His help?
What do you need Jesus to do in your life today?
Ask Him to work and wait and listen for His answer.

Thursday – Read Isaiah 40:28-31
What should we do when we feel weak or need God’s direction?
What should we do as we wait?
What does God promise to do?
Take time to wait upon the Lord and be open to His leading.

Friday – Read Isaiah 50:4-5
What keys to Isaiah’s relationship with God do you see here?
Why was Isaiah able to hear from God?
Ask God to open your ears so you may hear His voice and word.
What is God saying to you today? How will you respond?

Saturday – Read Ephesians 5:1-2


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Home Study for September 15 through 20, 2014

Monday – Read II Chronicles 32:1-8 and 16-23
How great was the threat against the people of Judah?
In what did Hezekiah put his hope? Why?
How did God respond?
In what are you putting your hope? Why?
What might you need to do?

Tuesday – Read John 15:1-8
Where does our life and power for living come from?
What does it mean to remain or abide in Jesus?
How many times are we called to do that in these verses?
How might you abide more fully in Jesus in these days?

Wednesday – Read II Timothy 2:1-7
To what does Paul compare our life with Jesus in verses 3, 5, & 6?
What do these comparisons reveal about our relationship with Him?
To which comparison do you relate the most? The least?
Which is Jesus calling you to grow in in these days?

Thursday – Read Philippians 4:4-9
What should we do instead of worrying?
What will God give us if we do?
When we are in a difficulty or battle, where should we keep our focus?
What do you need to take to Jesus in prayer today?

Friday – Read John 14:15-17 and Romans 8:26-27
What does it mean for the Holy Spirit to be our counselor and the Spirit of truth?
When we don’t know how to pray who helps us?
What confidence does this give you?
How important is it for us to wait and listen for God’s answer when we pray?

Saturday – Read Acts 10:1-48


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