Each week, we offer daily Scripture readings and thoughts in our Grow • Pray • Study (GPS) Guide.
Come back on Mondays for the weekly GPS, and spend time in study and prayer daily!
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St. Paul’s UMC
April 15 – 21, 2018
In the name of Jesus
Faith…That Makes Us Strong
Destination: To gain a deeper understanding of what
it means to be a deeply committed follower of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
To be able to recognize your experiences of God and to discover God in
new and different ways.
Memory verse: I encourage you to read this Scripture
every day and by the end of the week have it memorized or to the point of where
you can paraphrase the verse(s). Try writing it down on post-it notes and
place them in areas where you will see it daily, for example the bathroom
mirror or the dashboard of your car.
16 His name
itself has made this man strong. That is, because of faith in Jesus’ name, God
has strengthened this man whom you see and know. The faith that comes through
Jesus gave him complete health right before your eyes. Acts 3:16 CEB
Daily Prayer: Gracious God, you give to us your greatest gift, Your Son
Jesus Christ, as we still don’t understand what is going on. You call us to be
people of courage and hope; and yet we run and hide, doubting and fearing. You
challenge us to proclaim our faith; but we huddle in darkness whispering our
words of discouragement. Shake us up, Lord! Forgive us when we seem to need
prodding over and over again. Help us to see the presence of Jesus in our
lives; and remind us of all that He taught us, to help us to live as disciples,
serving you by serving others. Change us! Remold us! Make us truly the
disciples you have called us to be. Amen.
Monday, April 16, 2018 read Acts 3: 11-19.
Peter is in the midst of a public gathering, noticing the crowd he seizes
the opportunity to speak about Jesus Christ. Peter tells the people that they
still have a choice to accept, receive and believe in Christ as their Messiah. Peter
saw that through the healing of the crippled man, he had a teachable moment
with the crowd that gathered. When have you taken advantage of a teachable
moment to talk with someone about Jesus as Lord?
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 read Acts 3:13-15.
The religious leaders thought that by putting Jesus to death they
had put an end to Him. In verse 13 when Peter says, “You handed him over to be
killed” (NIV) he meant it literally. The trial and death of Jesus had taken
place right there in Jerusalem only weeks earlier. Most of the people within
hearing of Peter had heard about it, and some had taken part in condemning
Jesus. The religious leaders thought they had put an end to Jesus. Peter tells
them that Jesus is not only alive but that the disciples were witnesses to this
fact. Where have you witnessed the
power of Christ at work in your life?
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 read Acts 3:18, Psalm 22, Isaiah 50:6
and 53. Peter was explaining to the people the kind of Messiah God had
sent to earth. God sent a servant, full of grace not a great ruler, a great
warrior. What kind of Messiah are you expecting? A servant of God who gives
grace to your enemies? A great warrior who offers ultimate protection from pain
and fear? Take some time and write down on piece of paper the kind of Messiah
you are really expecting. Ask God to give you a heart more like Christ.
Thursday, April 19, 2018 read Luke 24:36-48. Jesus
comes to the disciples. He isn’t just a figment of their imagination, Jesus
spoke, he showed them his hands and feet and ate with them. While looks the
same and can eat, he can also appear and disappear. If Jesus appeared in Idaho
Falls today, what do you think your reaction would be? Would you trust your
faith that the Messiah truly appeared to you? Why or why not?
Friday, April 20, 2018 read Luke 24:44-48. Many days
have gone by since verse 43 and 44. Jesus and his followers have traveled from
Jerusalem to Galilee and back. It is believed that Jesus has spent 40 days with
his disciples between his resurrection and ascension. As you read this passage
imagine Jesus speaking directly to you. Jesus is opening up your mind to
receive the teachings of the Scriptures. What do you hear Jesus saying to you
in this passage of Scripture?
Saturday, April 21, 2018 read 1 John 3:1-7. We are
God’s beloved sons and daughters. As our faith grows in the head, heart and
soul knowledge that we are indeed God’s beloved children, our reflection of God
also grows. What are the changes that have happened with you as your faith grows
Resources: Bible by God