Reading: Be glad and rejoice
Reference: Isa. 65:17–25
Isaiah 65:25: The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord.
Reading: Joy cometh in the morning
Reference: Ps. 30:1–5
Psalms 30:5: For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
Reading: The redeemed of the Lord
Reference: Isa. 62:11–12
Isaiah 62:12: And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the Lord: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.
Reading: Reward of the ransomed
Reference: Rev. 7:9–17
Revelation of John 7:17: For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
Reading: The love of God
Reference: 1 John 4:8–11
I John 4:11: Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
Reading: No justification in the Law
Reference: Gal. 3:10–14
Galatians 3:14: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Reading: A fountain opened for sin
Reference: Zech. 12:10—13:1
Zechariah 13:1: In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.
Reading: Salvation by God’s arm
Reference: Isa. 59:9–17
Isaiah 59:17: For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.
Reading: The Passover lamb
Reference: Exod. 12:1–14
Exodus 12:14: And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.
Reading: Leaders are servants
Reference: Matt. 20:20–28
Matthew 20:28: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Reading: God looks on the heart
Reference: 1 Sam. 16:1–7
I Samuel 16:7: But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
Reading: Humility necessary for leaders
Reference: 1 Sam. 15:16–22
I Samuel 15:22: And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
Reading: True leaders do not strive
Reference: Luke 22:24–27
Luke 22:27: For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.
Reading: Men full of the Holy Ghost
Reference: Acts 6:1–7
Acts 6:7: And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
Reading: Instructions for leaders
Reference: 2 Tim. 2:19–26
II Timothy 2:26: And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
Reading: Requirements for leadership
Reference: Titus 1:5–9
Titus 1:9: Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
Reading: Built up in Him
Reference: Col. 2:1–7
Colossians 2:7: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Reading: Faith as a mustard seed
Reference: Matt. 17:14–21
Matthew 17:21: Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
Reading: A flourishing faith
Reference: Jer. 17:7–8
Jeremiah 17:8: For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
Reading: Abraham’s faith
Reference: Heb. 11:8–10, 17–19
Hebrews 11:10: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.