Reading: God’s Word is powerful
Reference: Heb. 4:9-16
Hebrews 4:9: There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
Hebrews 4:10: For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
Hebrews 4:11: Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
Hebrews 4:12: For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4:13: Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
Hebrews 4:14: Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
Hebrews 4:15: For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Hebrews 4:16: Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Reading: Unfeigned faith
Reference: 2 Tim. 1:4-13
II Timothy 1:4: Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;
II Timothy 1:5: When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
II Timothy 1:6: Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
II Timothy 1:7: For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
II Timothy 1:8: Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
II Timothy 1:9: Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
II Timothy 1:10: But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
II Timothy 1:11: Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
II Timothy 1:12: For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
II Timothy 1:13: Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
Reading: Taught of God
Reference: Gal. 1:11-20
Galatians 1:11: But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
Galatians 1:12: For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Galatians 1:13: For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
Galatians 1:14: And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
Galatians 1:15: But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,
Galatians 1:16: To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
Galatians 1:17: Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
Galatians 1:18: Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.
Galatians 1:19: But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother.
Galatians 1:20: Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.
Reading: The gospel comes from God
Reference: Gal. 1:1-10
Galatians 1:1: Paul, an apostle, ( not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)
Galatians 1:2: And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia:
Galatians 1:3: Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
Galatians 1:4: Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
Galatians 1:5: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Galatians 1:6: I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Galatians 1:7: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
Galatians 1:8: But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Galatians 1:9: As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Galatians 1:10: For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
Reading: Not of private interpretation
Reference: 2 Pet. 1:16-21
II Peter 1:16: For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
II Peter 1:17: For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
II Peter 1:18: And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
II Peter 1:19: We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
II Peter 1:20: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
II Peter 1:21: For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Reading: Delighting in God’s Word
Reference: Ps. 119:41-48
Psalms 119:41: Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word.
Psalms 119:42: So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.
Psalms 119:43: And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.
Psalms 119:44: So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.
Psalms 119:45: And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.
Psalms 119:46: I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.
Psalms 119:47: And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.
Psalms 119:48: My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.
Reading: Longing to know God’s Word
Reference: Ps. 119:127-136
Psalms 119:127: Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.
Psalms 119:128: Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.
Psalms 119:129: Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.
Psalms 119:130: The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
Psalms 119:131: I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.
Psalms 119:132: Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.
Psalms 119:133: Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
Psalms 119:134: Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts.
Psalms 119:135: Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.
Psalms 119:136: Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.
Reading: Loving God’s Word
Reference: Ps. 119:89-97
Psalms 119:89: For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.
Psalms 119:90: Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
Psalms 119:91: They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.
Psalms 119:92: Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.
Psalms 119:93: I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.
Psalms 119:94: I am thine, save me; for I have sought thy precepts.
Psalms 119:95: The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.
Psalms 119:96: I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.
Psalms 119:97: O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
Reading: The law read publicly
Reference: Neh. 8:1-8
Nehemiah 8:1: And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded to Israel.
Nehemiah 8:2: And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month.
Nehemiah 8:3: And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.
Nehemiah 8:4: And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, and Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, and Malchiah, and Hashum, and Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam.
Nehemiah 8:5: And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; ( for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:
Nehemiah 8:6: And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground.
Nehemiah 8:7: Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law: and the people stood in their place.
Nehemiah 8:8: So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.
Reading: Charity excels
Reference: 1 Cor. 13:4-13
I Corinthians 13:4: Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
I Corinthians 13:5: Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
I Corinthians 13:6: Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
I Corinthians 13:7: Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
I Corinthians 13:8: Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
I Corinthians 13:9: For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
I Corinthians 13:10: But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
I Corinthians 13:11: When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
I Corinthians 13:12: For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
I Corinthians 13:13: And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
Reading: Grace brings growth
Reference: Eph. 4:7-16
Ephesians 4:7: But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
Ephesians 4:8: Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
Ephesians 4:9: ( Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
Ephesians 4:10: He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
Ephesians 4:11: And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
Ephesians 4:12: For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Ephesians 4:13: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Ephesians 4:14: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Ephesians 4:15: But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Ephesians 4:16: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Reading: Patience improves relationships
Reference: Rom. 15:1-7
Romans 15:1: We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
Romans 15:2: Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
Romans 15:3: For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
Romans 15:4: For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Romans 15:5: Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
Romans 15:6: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 15:7: Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.
Reading: Temperance is a fruit of the Spirit
Reference: Gal. 5:22-26
Galatians 5:22: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Galatians 5:23: Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Galatians 5:24: And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Galatians 5:25: If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Galatians 5:26: Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Reading: Effects of proper knowledge
Reference: James 3:13-18
James 3:13: Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
James 3:14: But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
James 3:15: This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
James 3:16: For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
James 3:17: But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
James 3:18: And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
Reading: Virtue begins with thought patterns
Reference: Phil. 4:4-9
Philippians 4:4: Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
Philippians 4:5: Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
Philippians 4:6: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Philippians 4:7: And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:8: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Philippians 4:9: Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
Reading: Necessity of faith
Reference: Heb. 11:1-6
Hebrews 11:1: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:2: For by it the elders obtained a good report.
Hebrews 11:3: Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
Hebrews 11:4: By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
Hebrews 11:5: By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
Hebrews 11:6: But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Reading: The Lord is our shield
Reference: Deut. 33:27-29
Deuteronomy 33:27: The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.
Deuteronomy 33:28: Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew.
Deuteronomy 33:29: Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places.
Reading: Example of Christ’s suffering
Reference: 1 Pet. 2:19-25
I Peter 2:19: For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
I Peter 2:20: For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
I Peter 2:21: For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
I Peter 2:22: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
I Peter 2:23: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
I Peter 2:24: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
I Peter 2:25: For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
Reading: Charity, the bond of perfection
Reference: Col. 3:12-17
Colossians 3:12: Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Colossians 3:13: Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Colossians 3:14: And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
Colossians 3:15: And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Colossians 3:16: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Colossians 3:17: And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Reading: The need for endurance
Reference: Heb. 10:32-39
Hebrews 10:32: But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;
Hebrews 10:33: Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.
Hebrews 10:34: For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
Hebrews 10:35: Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
Hebrews 10:36: For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
Hebrews 10:37: For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
Hebrews 10:38: Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
Hebrews 10:39: But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.