From the beginning, God made his story public. From the preservation of the testimony within the ark to the birth and resurrection of his son, Jesus, the word remains. But the word is also the story of humanity and God’s faithfulness to us. Let’s study what it takes, as a human and Jesus follower, to go public. Daily devotionals that accompany each day's reading are also available on Facebook. They are created by a great Ginghamsburg unpaid servant team. You do not have to be a Facebook user to access them. View here.
Day 1: Read 1 Samuel 16:1-13; 1 Samuel 17
Describe when you’ve felt like Samuel, actively looking to follow God then realizing the result wasn’t what or whom you expected. Did the anointing immediately change David’s life? What did David overcome to go public? What resulted from this bold step?
Day 2: Read Nehemiah 1:1-2:10
How was Nehemiah already a public figure? With whom did he have to go public? What did he risk with his honesty? What was the result of his trust in God to go public? (Skim Nehemiah to get the big picture.)
Day 3: Read John 2:1-12
Who takes the initiative to go public in this story? What did Mary risk by going public? Do you think she made this request without forethought? Why? Why did Jesus honor her request? How did this decision affect the rest of Mary’s life?
Day 4: Read John 2:13-25
What motivated Jesus to go public? Describe the significance of this place to Jesus and to the Jews. What did Jesus risk? How many people did his going public affect? Discuss the question of his authority. How was authority a theme throughout his public ministry?
Day 5: Read Matthew 28:16-20
Does Jesus personally understand this charge to us? Do you worship and sometimes doubt? Why? Why does Jesus claim “all authority”? As a disciple, have you acted on your commission? What do you need to overcome to go public? What message of hope does Jesus provide to help us overcome?
Day 6: Read Acts 9
Who was Saul? What was his job? Describe the emotions Saul might have experienced through his major life change. What did Saul risk by going public as Paul? How do you think people responded to him: good and bad? Whom did he impact by taking the risk?
Day 7: Read 2 Timothy 4:1-8; Matthew 28:18-20
Where is Paul writing from? Compare his commission with Jesus’ great commission. How does Paul also encourage you at the end of his commission? How will you go public with this commission today/this week?
2 Timothy 4:1-8 / Rachel Billups / August 29 & 30, 2015
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