Reading: Paul’s life a result of grace
Reference: 1 Cor. 15:1–10
I Corinthians 15:1: Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
I Corinthians 15:2: By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
I Corinthians 15:3: For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
I Corinthians 15:4: And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
I Corinthians 15:5: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
I Corinthians 15:6: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
I Corinthians 15:7: After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
I Corinthians 15:8: And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
I Corinthians 15:9: For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
I Corinthians 15:10: But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
Reading: Buried with Christ in baptism
Reference: Col. 2:10–14
Colossians 2:10: And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
Colossians 2:11: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Colossians 2:12: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
Colossians 2:13: And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
Colossians 2:14: Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
Reading: Israelites baptized in the sea
Reference: 1 Cor. 10:1–4
I Corinthians 10:1: Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
I Corinthians 10:2: And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
I Corinthians 10:3: And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
I Corinthians 10:4: And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
Reading: One Lord, one faith, one baptism
Reference: Eph. 4:1–7
Ephesians 4:1: I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
Ephesians 4:2: With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Ephesians 4:3: Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Ephesians 4:4: There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
Ephesians 4:5: One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
Ephesians 4:6: One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Ephesians 4:7: But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
Reading: The baptism of Cornelius
Reference: Acts 10:42–48
Acts 10:42: And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
Acts 10:43: To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
Acts 10:44: While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
Acts 10:45: And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 10:46: For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
Acts 10:47: Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
Acts 10:48: And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
Reading: Jesus will baptize with the Holy Spirit
Reference: John 1:25–34
John 1:25: And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?
John 1:26: John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;
John 1:27: He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
John 1:28: These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.
John 1:29: The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
John 1:30: This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
John 1:31: And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
John 1:32: And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
John 1:33: And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
John 1:34: And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
Reading: A spiritual outpouring foretold
Reference: Joel 2:28–29
Joel 2:28: And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
Joel 2:29: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
Reading: The anointing of Saul
Reference: 1 Sam. 10:1, 6–11
I Samuel 10:1: Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the Lord hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?
I Samuel 10:6: And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.
I Samuel 10:7: And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee.
I Samuel 10:8: And thou shalt go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down unto thee, to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings: seven days shalt thou tarry, till I come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do.
I Samuel 10:9: And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day.
I Samuel 10:10: And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.
I Samuel 10:11: And it came to pass, when all that knew him beforetime saw that, behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said one to another, What is this that is come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?
Reading: Be strong
Reference: 2 Tim. 2:1–5
II Timothy 2:1: Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
II Timothy 2:2: And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
II Timothy 2:3: Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
II Timothy 2:4: No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
II Timothy 2:5: And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
Reading: Continue in faith
Reference: 2 Tim. 1:1–7
II Timothy 1:1: Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,
II Timothy 1:2: To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
II Timothy 1:3: I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;
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.
Reading: The faithful rewarded
Reference: Matt. 25:31–40
Matthew 25:31: When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
Matthew 25:32: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
Matthew 25:33: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
Matthew 25:34: Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Matthew 25:35: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
Matthew 25:36: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Matthew 25:37: Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
Matthew 25:38: When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Matthew 25:39: Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
Matthew 25:40: And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Reading: Abraham believed God
Reference: Rom. 4:1–6
Romans 4:1: What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?
Romans 4:2: For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.
Romans 4:3: For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
Romans 4:4: Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
Romans 4:5: But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
Romans 4:6: Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
Reading: Justified by faith
Reference: Rom. 5:1–11
Romans 5:1: Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Romans 5:2: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Romans 5:3: And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
Romans 5:4: And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
Romans 5:5: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Romans 5:6: For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
Romans 5:7: For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
Romans 5:8: But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:9: Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
Romans 5:10: For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Romans 5:11: And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
Reading: Not grieved for the affliction of Joseph
Reference: Amos 6:1–7
Amos 6:1: Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!
Amos 6:2: Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go ye to Hamath the great: then go down to Gath of the Philistines: be they better than these kingdoms? or their border greater than your border?
Amos 6:3: Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near;
Amos 6:4: That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall;
Amos 6:5: That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David;
Amos 6:6: That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.
Amos 6:7: Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed.
Reading: Love not the world
Reference: 1 John 2:12–17
I John 2:12: I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.
I John 2:13: I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.
I John 2:14: I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.
I John 2:15: Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
I John 2:16: For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
I John 2:17: And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Reading: The qualifications for a deacon
Reference: 1 Tim. 3:8–13
I Timothy 3:8: Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
I Timothy 3:9: Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
I Timothy 3:10: And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
I Timothy 3:11: Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
I Timothy 3:12: Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
I Timothy 3:13: For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Reading: A true giver’s heart
Reference: Mark 12:41–44
Mark 12:41: And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
Mark 12:42: And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
Mark 12:43: And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
Mark 12:44: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
Reading: A faithful deaconess
Reference: Acts 9:36–42
Acts 9:36: Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.
Acts 9:37: And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.
Acts 9:38: And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them.
Acts 9:39: Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.
Acts 9:40: But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
Acts 9:41: And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.
Acts 9:42: And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.
Reading: The deacon’s heart
Reference: Job 29:11–16
Job 29:11: When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:
Job 29:12: Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.
Job 29:13: The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.
Job 29:14: I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.
Job 29:15: I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.
Job 29:16: I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.
Reading: Promise for the faithful tithe
Reference: Mal. 3:8–12
Malachi 3:8: Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
Malachi 3:9: Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
Malachi 3:10: Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Malachi 3:11: And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.
Malachi 3:12: And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.