Category: Daily Bible Reading

“Additionally, Paul addresses some of the particular problems which these Christians are facing in the pagan city of Corinth, including matters pertaining to sexual morality and modesty.”

Regarding Immorality

Read:  1 Corinthians 5 & 6

Regarding Marriage and Singleness

Read:  1 Corinthians 7

Regarding Mutual Submission

Read:  1 Corinthians 8, 9 & 10

Regarding Role Distinctions

Read:  1 Corinthians 11:1-16

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

First Letter to the Corinthians

“Paul has apparently sent a letter to the church in Corinth by the hands of Timothy.  Although the content of Paul’s first letter is unknown, the letter which Paul received from the Corinthians evidently posed specific questions regarding marriage and singleness, food sacrificed to idols, spiritual gifts, and certain special contributions which the Corinthians were making.  Paul answers these questions in his second letter (traditionally referred to as 1 Corinthians) and expresses concern about various divisions among the Corinthians.”

Read: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Regarding Divisions Within the Church

Read:  1 Corinthians 1:10-31, 2, 3 & 4

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Second Letter to the Thessalonians

“Paul’s first letter seemingly causes some misunderstanding among the Thessalonians, many of whom interpreted it as saying that the second coming would be taking place right away.  Therefore Paul sends a second letter to clarify this misunderstanding.”

Read:  2 Thessalonians 1, 2, 3

“The historical record continues with this account of Paul being persecuted in Corinth.”

Read:  Acts 18:12-22

Third Missionary Journey

“Paul begins his third journey by passing north and west through Galatia and Phrygia.  It is clear that Paul continues to be concerned about the spiritual growth of those whom he had converted several years earlier.

Paul then travels to Macedonia.  Of special significance are letters which Paul writes to the church in Corinth — a church which has developed some serious problems since Paul last visited with them.”

Read:  Acts 18:23-28, 19:1-22

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

First Letter to the Thessalonians

“Paul writes two letters to the Christians in Thessalonica, through which Paul has passed on his way to Corinth.  Paul reminds the new Gentile Christians that they have turned from idols to worship the true and living God, and he exhorts them to continue in purity, love, and labor for the Lord.  He also answers questions which have arisen in their minds regarding the second coming of Christ.”

Read:  1 Thessalonians 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Second Missionary Journey

“Not long after writing his letter to the churches in Galatia, Paul decides that it is an appropriate time for a personal visit.  Accompanying Paul from Antioch is his fellow minister, Silas.  While traveling they find a disciple named Timothy, and their meeting is the beginning of a close and productive relationship between the older apostle and this young man, who is to become Paul’s protege.

Being directed by the Holy Spirit, Paul travels to many places including Macedonia.  There, in the city of Philippi, Paul converts a godly woman named Lydia and establishes a congregation with which Paul will have perhaps one of his closest associations over the ensuing years.

Paul, Silas and Timothy travel large distances with both marginal results and eagerness by both Jews and Greeks.  Luke’s record of this second missionary journey begins on a discordant note as Paul has a dispute with Barnabas, who was initially planning to join Paul on the tour.”

Read:  Acts 15:36-41, 16, 17, 18:8-11

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Letter to the Galatians

“The subject of Paul’s letter to the Galatian Christians pertained to the problems created by those Jewish Christians who were insisting that Gentile converts submit to the rite of circumcision and observe other rituals to which the Jews were accustomed.  In his letter Paul strongly defends the Christian’s freedom from the law, and proclaims the new covenant relationship which Christians have through God’s grace.

Paul begins this letter by defending his own apostleship which apparently has been questioned by the Judaizers in Galatia in their attempt to discredit Paul’s teaching.  Paul urges that, as a specially chosen apostle, he received directly from God the good news of freedom in Christ.”

Read:  Galatians 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

First Missionary Journey

“In order to evangelize more effectively the world outside Judea and Samaria, the Holy Spirit now directs Barnabas and Saul (from this time on referred to as Paul) to set out on a tour of what is known today as Cyprus and central Turkey.

Luke records Paul’s sermon that is perhaps representative of Paul’s preaching throughout the entire tour.  Similar in some respects to Peter’s sermon on Pentecost, it is principally aimed at Jews who gather in the synagogues on the Sabbath.  It recites a history of God’s dealings with the nation of Israel, notes the many prophecies about the coming Messiah, and sets forth Jesus as that resurrected Lord.  But Paul is quick to add that even the Gentiles are now recipients of God’s grace.”

Read:  Acts 13, 14

The Jerusalem Conference

“Paul and Barnabas settle back into concentrated efforts at teaching in the local area, but their respite is not to last for long.  Certain Jewish Christians from Jerusalem are not only urging Gentiles to be circumcised, but demanding that they keep the entire law, just as the Jewish Christians are continuing to do.

The problem posed by these so-called ‘Judaizing teachers’ will continue to divide the church in the ensuing years, and it will be a subject for discussion in several of Paul’s later letters.  For now, however, the problem is temporarily solved after reviewing the work of the Holy Spirit in leading the way to Gentile evangelism, and after consulting Scripture for prophecy concerning the Gentiles, they all agree that circumcision (and by implication the law itself) is not binding on the Gentiles.”

Read:  Acts 15

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

First Gentile Converts

“As the church enters this period of peace and continued growth, the time is ripe for God’s eternal plan to be implemented in still another major dimension — the extension of God’s grace to the Gentiles.  (Can I get an Amen?!!) 🙂  For hundreds of years God’s dealing with man have focused upon the small nation of Israel and its Jewish people.  Yet God had promised their father Abraham that through his seed all nations would be blessed.  And Jesus himself continually proclaimed and demonstrated that his saving power was for all.  But neither the apostles nor the early Jewish Christians have as yet comprehended the full implications of that message.

God’s eternal plan all along has been that all people of the world — Jew and non-Jew alike — should come to know him through Christ Jesus.  To approach ‘pagan’ Gentiles has seemed unthinkable.  Thus it will take a special vision from the Lord to convince them that the Gentiles are also included within God’s plan.”

Read:  Acts 9:32-43, 10 & 11

Persecution by Herod Agrippa I

“The period of calm which permitted the church to reach out to Gentiles is not to continue for long.  King Herod Agrippa I will soon find it politically advantageous to instigate a new period of persecution against these believers, who are now called Christians. 

Among his other acts of persecution, Agrippa seizes James, the brother of John, and puts him to death.  Peter too is imprisoned, and probably destined for the same fate.  But Peter will be spared by a miracle.  Ironically, Herod’s wickedness will result in his own death, and the church will continue to grow despite his attempt at oppression.”

Read:  Acts 12

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Persecution and Preaching

“It is no surprise that the growing church encounters opposition, so it is not surprising that the apostles have been put into prison so often, or that Stephen has now been killed.

Yet the early Christians are probably caught by surprise when a more widespread, organized persecution arises.  Yet despite the personal tragedies involved, their persecution actually becomes a blessing.  Because of their zeal in sharing the gospel with others, the church thereby expands its boundaries far beyond Jerusalem.”

Read:  Acts 8

Conversion of Saul

“Luke notes that an influential Jew by the name of Saul is among those in charge of imprisoning the Christians.  It will not be long before Saul will face a crisis of conscience in which he must answer the call of Christ.

Saul will later become one of the most widely known and widely read of all the apostles, but for now Saul is known only as the great persecutor of the Lord’s church.  He is feared by all who regard the name of Jesus as precious.

Unaware at this point of what the future holds for his life, Saul is seen now relentlessly searching out believers in Jesus (whose sect is known at this time simply as ‘The Way’) in order to arrest and persecute them.”

Read:  Acts 9:1-31

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Martyrdom of Stephen

“Throughout the centuries since the death of Jesus, thousands of Christians have died as martyrs to the cause of Christ.  It is only fitting, then, that Luke should record the events surrounding the very first martyrdom, that of Stephen.  This Stephen is a man known for his faith and his ability to do great wonders through the Holy Spirit.  But it is his boldness and wisdom that finally prompt his adversaries to bring him before the Sanhedrin on a charge of blasphemy.”

Read:  Acts 6:8-15, 7 & 8:1

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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