Weekly Readings – August 7

Toni Knight   -  

Weekly Readings

Asking for a Friend – Part 1
August 7, 2022

This week we are going to look at life-changing encounters with Jesus and how each person responded in faith to that encounter.

This week in our worship service we covered: 1. What is the CENTER of my faith? and 2. What is the CERTAINTY of my faith?

And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 

1 Corinthians 15:14

Day 1 – Thomas

Read John 20:19-29.

What was the disciple’s reaction when Jesus appeared to them after he was raised from the dead?

Who was not present at that encounter with Jesus?

What was the state of Thomas’ faith at that point?

What happened that brought Thomas to declare to Jesus, “My Lord and my God!”

Write out Jesus’ words in verse 29.

Application:

In what ways can you identify with Thomas’ encounter with Jesus?

When have you struggled to believe?

What misconceptions might you have about Jesus’s response to your struggle with doubt?

What should bring you back to Jesus when you doubt?

Prayer: Jesus, Thank you for meeting me in the struggle. Continue to reveal yourself to me as I learn from your Word. Help me to be able to declare like Thomas – my Lord and my God! Amen.

Day 2 – Ethiopian Eunuch

Read Acts 8:26-40.

How was God working in the Ethipion’s heart?

How did God provide the Ethiopian with the understanding he needed?

What did the Ethiopian hear which enabled him to respond in faith (35)?

What step did the Ethiopian take that shows he put his faith in Jesus?

Application: 

Who did Jesus use to help you understand your faith?

What questions do you have from reading the Bible?

Who can you reach out for answers to these questions?

Is there someone the Spirit is wanting you to come alongside to help them understand their faith?

Prayer: Jesus, help me to be sensitive to your Spirit’s leading. Show me who I can encourage in their faith. Amen.

Day 3 – Woman at the well

Read John 4:1-42.

How did the Samaritan woman’s encounter with Jesus lead to her own salvation?

What do you observe about how Jesus treated the woman?

How did her encounter with Jesus lead others to faith?

How did the time spent with Jesus change the foundation of the town people’s faith (41-42)?

Application:

How would spending time with other believers clarify and solidify your faith?

Evaluate your own time with Jesus. 

This would be a great time to sign-up for the next Rooted Experience (sunrisechurch.org/Rooted) or to find a small group to grow with if you are not in one.

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for the example you set for loving the lost and reaching out to them. Help me to be consistent in my time with you and to continue to solidify my faith. Amen.

Day 4 – Peter

Read John 6:66-68.

Why did Peter continue to follow Jesus when so many were turning away?

Read John 21:1-19

Peter had an epic fail just before Jesus was crucified.  He denied him three times.

What can you conclude about Peter’s relationship with Jesus from how he reacted when he realized it was Jesus on shore?

What impact do you think it had on Peter to learn that Jesus still wanted him to feed his sheep?

Read Acts 2:22-24.

What was central to Peter’s faith?

Application:

When has guilt or embarrassment kept you from Jesus?

What can you learn from Peter about continuing to follow Jesus even after an epic fail?

Evaluate: Is Jesus’ life, death and resurrection central to your faith?

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for your unfailing love for me. Help me to be like Pater and continue to pursue you even when I have messed up. Amen.

Day 5 – Saul (Paul) 

Read Acts 9:1-22.

What was Saul doing before he encountered Jesus?

What was unique about Saul’s encounter?

What plans did Jesus have for Saul?

Who was instrumental in helping Saul?

How did Saul learn about Jesus (19)?

How did Jesus change the trajectory of Saul’s life?

Application:

How did your salvation change the trajectory of your life?

What has God revealed to you about the purpose he has for your life?

What can you do today to continue to fulfill that purpose?

Prayer: Jesus, give me a teachable heart so that I can learn what you have for me. Help me to follow you faithfully like the disciples did in their day. Amen.