Readings, July 5th through the 25th, 2021 Our theme is love & salvation...The questions are given to incite thought & ignite action! 5. Mon, Rm 12:17-19. When you think of those who have wronged you, what relief does 19 give us? What freedom do we then have? How does love answer offenses? 6. Tues, Rm 12:17-20. What practical answers can love give to deliberate evil? Love meets real needs! What other food & water can we give our enemies? 7. Wed, Ex 23:4-5. How do these verses define “enemies”? What modern examples might correspond with helping an enemy with their animals? If you have no enemies, who might you help? 8. Thur, Pr 25:21-22. How does doing something good for an enemy heap burning coals on their head? How is thisalso love? 9. Fri, Rm 12:17a-21. How do verses 17a & 21 answer each other? How might we be overcome by evil? How do we overcome evil with good? 10. Sat, 1 Jn 4:7-8. If I think of myself as a pipeline, how does love come to me from God? Is love for God primarily how I feel about God? How can I affirm the reality of God’s love for me? 11. Sun, 1 Jn 4:7-8. What proof is there that we know God? Take an inventory: what loving deeds have you done in the last week for people outside the circle of your family & friends? 12. Mon, 1 Jn 4:7-10. How does God show His love for us? What good has that done you? Why isn’t our lovefor God the primary definition of love? 13. Tues, 1 Jn 4:7-10. Consider what Jesus has done for you: an atoning sacrifice relates to 1. the removal of guilt resulting from sin; 2. purifying sinner; & 3. appeasing God’s wrath toward the sinner (me). 14. Wed, 1 Jn 4:7-12. What is the irresistible result of experiencing God’s self-sacrificing love? How does God become visible? 15. Thur, Ps 136:1-9. What things do these verses remind us that God has done for us? How do these acts of God help us understand who God is? How should we respond? 16. Fri, Ps 136:10-15. “...to Him” reminds us of the “give thanks” command, still in view here. What deliverance is the Psalmist referring to? What greater deliverance does it point to for us? 17. Sat, Ps 136:16-22. Summarizes journey through the desert & the conquest of the promised land. How does this relate to the trials, opposition & obstacles in our lives? 18. Sun, Ps 136:23-26. Summarizes the theme of divine deliverance, then pans out to God as Creator. What has God delivered you from? How has He helped you? Give thanks! 19. Mon, Ex 5:1-9. What does it mean to be a slave? In what ways might we be slaves today? What is the will of this slave owner? What is the natural progression of slavery? 20. Tues, Ex 5:10-21. How is Israel’s slavery in Egypt like our slavery to sin? How does sin oppress those who are its slaves? How are responses to the slavery of sin like the responses in this passage? 21. Wed, Ex 5:22-6:5. What was the experience of Israel before God delivered them & during the process of deliverance? Did their trials negate God’s promises? 22. Thur, Rm 7:21-25. What struggle is Paul describing here? Why do we continue to experience this struggle even after we become Christians? 23. Fri, Rm 7:21-25. What hope is there for anyone to be delivered from slavery to sin? 24. Sat, Rm 8:1-4. What is the cornerstone of being set free from sin? How was your condemnation banished? 25. Sun, Rm 8:1-4. How can knowing that we’re free from condemnation forever help us resist temptation now? How can knowing that Christ achieved righteousness for us motivate us?