Reading | Week 14

Day 1 // Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

This parable is a great reminder that no matter what we do, we are living in a fallen world and we are surrounded by “weeds”. Do you feel encouraged that you will be safe during the harvest? Or discouraged because so many weeds will ultimately be separated from God? Both? Let this spur you to action.

Day 2 // Matthew 13:31-35

Jesus uses a tiny mustard seed and a little bit of yeast to illustrate the kingdom of heaven. What is the kingdom of heaven? What is the meaning of these parables?

Day 3 // Matthew 13:44-46

Are you sold out for the kingdom of heaven?

Day 4 // Matthew 13:47-52

Reread verse 52 slowly. Jesus says that the teachers of the law (who often oppose Jesus) who become true disciples of the kingdom of heaven are like homeowners who bring out their new treasure and their old treasure. What is the old treasure? What is the new treasure?

Day 5 // Matthew 13:53-58

Why did Jesus not perform miracles in his hometown?

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Reading | Week 13

Day 1 // Matthew 12:38-42

Jesus compares himself to Jonah and Solomon in this passage; in fact, he calls himself greater than each. What parallels do you see between Jesus and these people, and how is he greater than them?

Day 2 // Matthew 12:43-45

It is hard to get rid of sin, and even harder to stay away from it when temptation comes to visit. How do you prepare yourself against temptations that lead into previous habitual sins?

Day 3 // Matthew 12:46-50

Is Jesus saying that we aren’t to value our family over anyone in the family of God? Why or why not? How should we balance familial needs and those of our church family?

Day 4 // Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

What kind of soil are you? What kind have you been in the past, and what do you hope to be in the future? This kind of self-assessment can be eye-opening and can help you find ways to grow your faith.

Day 5 // Matthew 13:10-17

Pray you have open eyes, open ears, and a soft heart than can receive God’s instruction.

Reading | Week 12

Day 1 // Matthew 12:9-13

How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! (v.12)

Jesus says people are more important than the sheep that provide sustenance – food, clothing, livelihood. Jesus reminds us that each of us is worth more than all that! Think of how much Jesus values you, His loved one.

Day 2 // Matthew 12:14-21

What does it mean to hope in Jesus (v.21)? Pray you can put hope in His mighty name.

Day 3 // Matthew 12:22-29

The Pharisees incorrectly assume that because Jesus has authority over demons, He is of Satan. How often do you make it a point to remember that Jesus is God in flesh?

Day 4 // Matthew 12:30-32

What is blasphemy against the Spirit, and why is it so unforgivable?

Day 5 // Matthew 12:33-37

Do you see the fruit of your life? Does it look good or bad?

For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. (v.34)

A good test is how you use your words. Do you lift others up, or complain too much? Don’t waste your breath on empty words – let them be filled by God’s Spirit so you can preach the Gospel.

Reading | Week 11

Day 1 // Matthew 11:25-26

What does it mean to have faith like a child?

Day 2 // Matthew 11:27

According to this verse, why is it so important that we have a relationship with Jesus? What difference does that connection make?

Day 3 // Matthew 11:28-30

Take a few minutes to meditate on this verse. Write it down and revisit it throughout the day.

Day 4 // Matthew 12:1-8

I desire mercy, not sacrifice,
and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.

Hosea 6:6

Jesus references the Old Testament book of Hosea when rebuking the Pharisees when they accuse Him of breaking the Sabbath day of rest.

How are the concepts of mercy and sacrifice opposed? How is acknowledging God different from giving burnt offerings? Which of these things (mercy/acknowledgement of God or sacrifice) do you tend toward?

Reading | Week 10

Day 1 // Matthew 10:40-42

How can you help someone in your church community this week?

Day 2 // Matthew 11:1-6

John the Baptist paved the way for the coming Lord Jesus Christ. Even he felt discouragement and needed Jesus to remind him of who He was. Ask Jesus to make Himself known to you.

Day 3 // Matthew 11:7-19

Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

How does this change your perspective on the Kingdom of Heaven?

Day 4 // Matthew 11:20-24

Jesus speaks very harshly about the coming judgment of cities that had witnessed His miracles. But He also in other passages emphasizes God’s grace and mercy. How can you balance the gravity of Jesus’ message here with the Gospel of mercy when speaking to non-believers?

Reading | Week 9

Day 1 // Matthew 10:5-15

Meditate on verse 8.

Freely you have received; freely give.

Spend time thanking God for his undeserved gifts of grace, mercy, and love. How can you give others those same things?

Day 2 // Matthew 10:16-23

Pray you allow the Spirit to move in your life, giving you words of life to speak and endurance for the spiritual warfare you will face.

Day 3 // Matthew 10:24-33

Pray to let go of any fear or anxiety you have – of sharing the Gospel, of the enemy. Pray you can stand firm in faith and acknowledge Jesus in good times and bad.

Day 4 // Matthew 10:34-39

Have you ever thought of Jesus as bringing the sword? What do you think of the hard hitting truths Jesus speaks here?

Read the following, remembering its context in the surrounding Scripture.

Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

Has your understanding of these verses changed? Why or why not?

Reading | Week 8

Day 1 // Matthew 9:18-26

These verses contain two different stories of healing. The little girl was completely dead, and all she needed was Jesus’ healing touch. The woman who was bleeding simply reached out to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment. In one story, Jesus does the reaching for a new yet dire situation, and in the second the woman does the reaching to heal a condition she’s suffered for years. Which story do you identify with? Do you need to sit and let Jesus come to heal you or pray for the healing of another person (healing here is physical, emotional, spiritual, etc.), or do you need to seek Jesus out for healing?

Day 2 // Matthew 9:27-34

What did Jesus mean when he said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”?

Day 3 // Matthew 9:35-38

We are the workers called to do God’s work, and to have compassion on others. When you see the needs of others, what is your reaction?

Day 4 // Matthew 10:1-4

Which disciples’ names do you recognize? Choose one you’re less familiar with and research how he advanced the Gospel.