Monday: Read John 15:4-5. God desires for us to lead lives that bear fruit. In the reading, who is the vine and who are the branches? What is needed for the branch to bear fruit? Why does the branch need the vine? What does “abiding in Christ” or “remains in me” mean to you?
Tuesday: Read Ephesians 2:8-10. Faith in Jesus fills us with his love. Love is not simply an inner feeling, but an act of the will. Love can be known only by the action it produces. What is the relationship between salvation and good works? Why do you think Christians should practice good works? As you serve in your community or around the world, what should be the primary motivation?
Wednesday: Read 1 John 3:16-18. Many people learn a love that is conditional, “I’ll love you if you love me.” How did Jesus demonstrate an unconditional love? Summarize in your own words how genuine love should be demonstrated. What can you do so that unconditional love is seen in your life?
Thursday: Read Galatians 6:9-10 and Titus 3:8. From these two passages, what should you remember in doing good works of love? It’s all too easy for us to think of an instance where we could have met another’s need, but did not. What could you do when there is another opportunity like this?
Friday: Read Luke 24:45-49. This is one of the most beautiful and full passages of Scripture in which we learn so much about our faith and our life of faith. What is the message that your life of faith needs to carry? What are you supposed to do with that message? How can you bear witness to this life-changing message?
Saturday: Read Acts 1:4-8. Only after receiving the “missionary engine,” that is, the Holy Spirit, was the church to go out into the world bearing witness to Jesus. What are the four places that Jesus tells his followers to go? When Jesus spoke these words, “Jerusalem” was where his followers lived, while “the ends of the earth” are the most distant places in the world. Where are your Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth?