Devotion Time: October 4-10, 2010

Suggested Instructions

Read the assigned passage for the day, memorize the given memory verse for each day and answer the reflection question provided. Click here to download the DT Packet.

Daily Devotion and Bible Reading Plan

Monday              10/4                  2 Peter 2
Tuesday              10/5                  2 Peter 3
Wednesday        10/6                  1 John 1
Thursday            10/7                  1 John 2
Fri-Sun               10/8-10           Ezekiel 26-36

Memory Verses and Reflection Questions

MONDAY, 10/4

Memory Verse

2 Peter 2:20

20 If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning

Reflection Questions

2 Peter 2:20-22

  • In what ways have I “escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?”
  • How is the saying “A dog returns to its vomit” an apt picture of those who “turn their backs” on God’s word and return to their old life of sin?
  • Why are they “worse off at the end than they were at the beginning?”

TUESDAY, 10/5

Memory Verse

2 Peter 3:10

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.

Reflection Questions

2 Peter 3:4-5

“The argument of the false teachers is essentially a naturalistic one–a kind of uniformitarianism that rules out any divine intervention in history.”[1]

  • What do these scoffers say and how do they justify their view?  What is wrong with such logic?
  • Why would these scoffers “deliberately forget” certain truths?
  • What truths are today’s people “deliberately forget[ting]” when they live as if nothing unusual or cataclysmic will happen in their lives, i.e., that today will be like yesterday, this year, like last year?
  • How do such attitudes affect a person’s depth of thought and seriousness about God?
  • In what ways do I hold to such a naturalistic and uniformitarian expectation of history and my life?

WEDNESDAY, 10/6

Memory Verse

1 John 1:8-9

8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Reflection Questions

1 John 1:5-9

  • In what ways do people “claim to have fellowship with [God] yet walk in the darkness?”
  • What does “walk in the light” look like concretely?
  • How do those who “claim to be without sin” end up deceiving themselves?  Why would it be difficult for such a person to experience fellowship with others?
  • In what ways have I tried to “get close” to people without living a life of “confession?”

THURSDAY, 10/7

Memory Verse

1 John 2:15-16

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For everything in the world — the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does — comes not from the Father but from the world

Reflection Questions

1 John 2:12-14

1 John 2:3-6

  • What is the relationship between knowing God and obeying his commands?
  • What are some ways in which I came to know him more as a result of “walk[ing] as Jesus did”?

[1] Frank E. Gaebelein, Gen. Ed. Expositor’s Bible Commentary CD (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1992) note on 2 Peter 3:

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