Reading: Encouragement for the disciples
Reference: Acts 1:1–8
Acts 1:1: The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
Acts 1:2: Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
Acts 1:3: To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
Acts 1:4: And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
Acts 1:5: For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Acts 1:6: When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
Acts 1:7: And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
Acts 1:8: But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judæa, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Reading: Watch, for ye know not the hour
Reference: Matt. 25:1–13
Matthew 25:1: Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
Matthew 25:2: And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
Matthew 25:3: They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
Matthew 25:4: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
Matthew 25:5: While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
Matthew 25:6: And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
Matthew 25:7: Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
Matthew 25:8: And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
Matthew 25:9: But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
Matthew 25:10: And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
Matthew 25:11: Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
Matthew 25:12: But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
Matthew 25:13: Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Reading: Results of not preparing
Reference: Matt. 24:48–51
Matthew 24:48: But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
Matthew 24:49: And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
Matthew 24:50: The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
Matthew 24:51: And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Reading: False prophets will come
Reference: Matt. 24:23–28
Matthew 24:23: Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
Matthew 24:24: For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Matthew 24:25: Behold, I have told you before.
Matthew 24:26: Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
Matthew 24:27: For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Matthew 24:28: For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
Reading: Signs of His coming
Reference: Matt. 24:1–14
Matthew 24:1: And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
Matthew 24:2: And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
Matthew 24:3: And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
Matthew 24:4: And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
Matthew 24:5: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Matthew 24:6: And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Matthew 24:7: For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Matthew 24:8: All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Matthew 24:9: Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
Matthew 24:10: And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
Matthew 24:11: And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
Matthew 24:12: And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Matthew 24:13: But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Matthew 24:14: And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Reading: Ye must be born again
Reference: John 3:1–8
John 3:1: There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
John 3:2: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
John 3:3: Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
John 3:4: Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
John 3:5: Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
John 3:6: That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
John 3:7: Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
John 3:8: The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Reading: Renewed in the spirit of the mind
Reference: Eph. 4:17–24
Ephesians 4:17: This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
Ephesians 4:18: Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
Ephesians 4:19: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
Ephesians 4:20: But ye have not so learned Christ;
Ephesians 4:21: If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
Ephesians 4:22: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
Ephesians 4:23: And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
Ephesians 4:24: And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Reading: From the abundance of the heart
Reference: Luke 6:39–45
Luke 6:39: And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?
Luke 6:40: The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.
Luke 6:41: And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Luke 6:42: Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye.
Luke 6:43: For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Luke 6:44: For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
Luke 6:45: A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Reading: The Father sees the heart
Reference: Matt. 6:16–18
Matthew 6:16: Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Matthew 6:17: But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
Matthew 6:18: That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
Reading: The blood of Christ purges
Reference: Heb. 9:6–14
Hebrews 9:6: Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.
Hebrews 9:7: But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:
Hebrews 9:8: The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
Hebrews 9:9: Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
Hebrews 9:10: Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
Hebrews 9:11: But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
Hebrews 9:12: Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Hebrews 9:13: For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
Hebrews 9:14: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Reading: Saved from uncleanness
Reference: Ezek. 36:25–29
Ezekiel 36:25: Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
Ezekiel 36:26: A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Ezekiel 36:27: And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
Ezekiel 36:28: And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
Ezekiel 36:29: I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you.
Reading: Made whiter than snow
Reference: Ps. 51:7–10
Psalms 51:7: Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Psalms 51:8: Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
Psalms 51:9: Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
Psalms 51:10: Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Reading: Honor the Son
Reference: John 5:19–24
John 5:19: Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
John 5:20: For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.
John 5:21: For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.
John 5:22: For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
John 5:23: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.
John 5:24: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
Reading: Exalt His name together
Reference: Ps. 34:1–9
Psalms 34:1: I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Psalms 34:2: My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
Psalms 34:3: O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.
Psalms 34:4: I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
Psalms 34:5: They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
Psalms 34:6: This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
Psalms 34:7: The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
Psalms 34:8: O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Psalms 34:9: O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
Reading: A rest for the people of God
Reference: Heb. 4:1–10
Hebrews 4:1: Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
Hebrews 4:2: For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
Hebrews 4:3: For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
Hebrews 4:4: For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
Hebrews 4:5: And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
Hebrews 4:6: Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
Hebrews 4:7: Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Hebrews 4:8: For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
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.
Reading: Worship in the beauty of holiness
Reference: Ps. 96:1–9
Psalms 96:1: O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth.
Psalms 96:2: Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.
Psalms 96:3: Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.
Psalms 96:4: For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.
Psalms 96:5: For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.
Psalms 96:6: Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Psalms 96:7: Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength.
Psalms 96:8: Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.
Psalms 96:9: O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.
Reading: Assembling ourselves together
Reference: Heb. 10:22–25
Hebrews 10:22: Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
Hebrews 10:23: Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; ( for he is faithful that promised;)
Hebrews 10:24: And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Hebrews 10:25: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Reading: Worship in spirit and truth
Reference: John 4:21–26
John 4:21: Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
John 4:22: Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
John 4:23: But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
John 4:24: God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
John 4:25: The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
John 4:26: Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
Reading: Longing for the courts of the Lord
Reference: Ps. 84:1–12
Psalms 84:1: How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!
Psalms 84:2: My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
Psalms 84:3: Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God.
Psalms 84:4: Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.
Psalms 84:5: Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.
Psalms 84:6: Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.
Psalms 84:7: They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.
Psalms 84:8: O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.
Psalms 84:9: Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.
Psalms 84:10: For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
Psalms 84:11: For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
Psalms 84:12: O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.
Reading: Endure until the end
Reference: Rev. 21:4–7
Revelation of John 21:4: And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Revelation of John 21:5: And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
Revelation of John 21:6: And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Revelation of John 21:7: He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.