Devotion Time: August 16 – August 22, 2010

UPDATE (Aug 24, 2010, 11:50pm): Memory Verse in Titus 3 is Titus 3:4-5

Starting from August 9, 2010, we are going to focus on memory verses.  So, we provided reflection questions, and a memory verse for each chapter.  Please read the assigned passage, memorize the given memory verse for each day and answer the reflection question provided.

Daily Devotion and Bible Reading Plan

Monday              8/16            Titus 1
Tuesday              8/17            Titus 2
Wednesday        8/18           Titus 3
Thursday            8/19           Philemon
Fri-Sun               8/20-22     Jeremiah 1-10

Memory Verses and Reflection Questions

Date Memory Verse Reflection Questions
8/16 Titus 1:9 Titus 1:5

  • Think about what the words “every town” implies about the extent of Apostle Paul’s church planting activity in Crete.
  • Apostle Paul asks Titus to look after tasks still “left unfinished.”  What does this imply about the nature of God’s work, and the relationship between disciple and spiritual leader?
8/17 Titus 2:11-13 Titus 2:11-13

  • What is it about the grace of God that it has the power to teach a Christian to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions?
  • What are some concrete, specific ungodly or worldly things do I need to say “No” to, in light of God’s grace?
8/18 Titus 3:4-5 Titus 3:8-9

  • Notice that Apostle Paul instructs Titus to “stress these things.”
    • What does this imply about one aspect of Christian ministry?
    • Why would things such as “doing good,” which are “excellent and profitable for everyone” need to be “stressed” by Titus?
  • What are the “things [that] are excellent and profitable for everyone” that I need to pursue and the “unprofitable and useless” things that I need to avoid?
8/19 Philemon 6 “Again, Paul… makes his request as a partner and laces it with accounting terminology: “if he owes,” “charge it to me,” “I will pay.” Paul tries to forestall any possible unwillingness to receiving Onesimus back with open arms by incurring a debt of honor to make restitution for any wrong committed by Onesimus. This sweeping pledge is more than a rhetorical appeal “merely for the sake of argument.” Although Paul states the matter hypothetically, “if he has done you any wrong,” it is hypothetical “only in form.” Paul knows very well that Onesimus has wronged his master and may perhaps owe him a considerable sum of money.”[1]

  • What does Apostle Paul’s offer reveal about the effect of outstanding wrongs or issues to burden and strain relationships?
  • What outstanding wrongs and issues do I have that burden or strain my relationships?  What can I do about this today?
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