This week in THE STORY we examine Chapter 23 entitled “Jesus’ Ministry Begins.”
Monday: Read Matthew 3:13-15. When Jesus went to John to be baptized, John’s well-intentioned humility turned out to be limiting self-talk, and John almost missed an incredible event in Jesus’ ministry. What limiting self-talk do you do that keeps you from experiencing God’s power working through you?
Tuesday: Read Matthew 3:16-17. One method of Bible Study that we learned in 40 Days in the Word was to Personalize scriptures. Take God the Father’s words to John and direct them to you. In your baptism, God speaks these words to you and welcomes you into His family. How does it feel to know that God loves you and is well pleased with you?
Wednesday: Read Matthew 4:1-4. Jesus waited for angels to attend him, rather than create bread for Himself. What can we learn from Jesus about responding to physical cravings?
Thursday: Read Matthew 4:8-10. What are ways Satan today claims his method is easier than God’s? How is ignoring God’s commands a way of bowing to the tempter? Covetousness is idolatry. What can we learn from Jesus about responding to desires for possessions, positions and power which God isn’t giving us?
Friday: Review the temptations of Jesus from the last couple days then read Hebrews 2:14-18 and Hebrews 4:14-16. How does Jesus’ temptation’s benefit you personally?
Saturday: Read John 3:16. Often seen as the verse that best sums up the Bible’s teachings, this is a great day to Personalize this verse by putting your name in it as you read through it a few times. And if you have not yet memorized this verse, this is a great verse to frame your heart. If you have memorized it, memorize Matthew 3:17 from Tuesday’s GPS.
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The Bible passages covered in Chapter 23 of The Story are excerpts from the following chapters: Matthew 3-4, 11; Mark 1-3; Luke 8; and John 1-4.