May 4 – 10

We are in a unique time in history. God is inviting us to know Him deeply, to understand the times, and participate with Him in what He is doing.

Like God’s people in Daniel 11:32, who knew their God, and so could stand firm and take action.

Like the tribe of Issachar in 1 Chronicles 12:32 who understood the times and knew what to do.

Join us as we read through Acts and experience the power of God’s Spirit in ordinary people as they walk with Him.


MONDAY – ACTS 1

Watch 3 video clips – adapted from the NIV Bible:

Read (or listen while you read) Acts 1 in your Bible, highlighting sections that especially speak to you.

Then journal and/or discuss with others – What does today’s passage tell you about God and about people? How will you respond?

Going Deeper:

    • Worship Song/Prayer: The Lord’s Prayer – I can imagine the disciples praying this prayer, the prayer Jesus taught them, as they “joined together constantly in prayer,” waiting for the promised Holy Spirit. (For lyrics, click on subtitles/closed captions.)

 

    • Ponder: How are you participating with God for the coming of His kingdom? What does it look like for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven?
    • Prayer: For Muslims, this month is a special time of fasting and prayer. As many are searching for spiritual truth, let’s pray for Egypt.

TUESDAY – ACTS 2

First watch this video about the Holy Spirit:

Then watch a video clip: (We’ll watch only the most helpful clips in this Acts series.)

Read (or listen while you read) Acts 2 in your Bible, highlighting sections that especially speak to you.

Then journal and/or discuss with others – What does today’s passage tell you about God and about people? How will you respond?

Going Deeper:

    • Worship Song: Walk in the Promise

 

    • Ponder: What are you asking God for?
    • Pray for Saudi Arabia.

WEDNESDAY – ACTS 3

Watch a video clip:

Read (or listen while you read) Acts 3 in your Bible, highlighting sections that especially speak to you.

Then journal and/or discuss with others – What does today’s passage tell you about God and about people? How will you respond?

Going Deeper:

    • Worship Song: Waymaker

 

    • Ponder: How has God been a waymaker, miracle worker, promise keeper, light in the darkness in your life? Share this with someone.
    • Pray for Jordan.

THURSDAY – ACTS 4

National Day of Prayer

Watch two video clips:

Read (or listen while you read) Acts 4 in your Bible, highlighting sections that especially speak to you.

Then journal and/or discuss with others – What does today’s passage tell you about God and about people? How will you respond?

Going Deeper:

    • Prayer: Today is the National Day of Prayer in the U.S. Wherever you live, let’s unite in prayer for our nations and our world.
    • Song/Prayer: Heal Our Land

 


FRIDAY– ACTS 5

Peter says “We are witnesses of these things” about Jesus (verse 32). For more insight, watch this video:

Watch 2 video clips:

Read (or listen while you read) Acts 5 in your Bible, highlighting sections that especially speak to you.

Then journal and/or discuss with others – What does today’s passage tell you about God and about people? How will you respond?

Going Deeper:

    • Song: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (For lyrics, click on subtitles/closed captions.)

 

    • Ponder: Rejection, suffering, physical pain didn’t stop the early disciples. Their eyes were on God’s glory, not their momentary troubles. They rejoiced and never stopped telling others. What is our focus in times of trouble?
    • Pray for Pakistan.

SATURDAY– ACTS 6

Watch 2 video clips:

Read (or listen while you read) Acts 6 in your Bible, highlighting sections that especially speak to you.

Then journal and/or discuss with others – What does today’s passage tell you about God and about people? How will you respond?

Going Deeper:

      • Ponder: Would you be confident of God’s goodness if faced with lies and death threats like Stephen?
      • Worship Song: Goodness of God

 

      • In 155 A.D, the Romans arrested a follower of Jesus, and gave him an opportunity to save his life by denying Jesus. His answer: “Eighty six years I have served Him, and He has done me no wrong. How then can I blaspheme my King and Savior?” (Polycarp)
      • Pray for Yemen.

SUNDAY – ACTS 7

This video reviews the week’s reading and introduces today’s.

Watch a video clip:

Read (or listen while you read) Acts 7 in your Bible, highlighting sections that especially speak to you.

Then journal and/or discuss with others – What does today’s passage tell you about God and about people? How will you respond?

Going Deeper:

    • Worship Song: Christ Our Hope in Life or Death

 

    • Spend some time outside today (rain or shine) and enjoy God’s amazing Creation.

The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it. Psalm 24:1

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