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Scripture Union Daily Guide July 23, 2023: Christ And Him Crucified

Scripture Union Daily Guide 23 July 2023
Scripture Union Daily Guide July 23, 2023

Read Scripture Union Daily Guide July 23, 2023, Sunday SU Daily Guide Reading

TOPIC: Christ And Him Crucified

Opening Prayer: Dear Lord, grant me understanding and illumination as I ponder on your word in Jesus name.
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:26 – 2:5

Question(s) for Reflection
• Q 2: Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow?
• Q 5: Is there any warning for me to heed?

Scripture Union Daily Guide 23 July 2023 Outline:

Paul is not rejecting education. He himself was well educated, a Pharisee, equivalent to today’s senior advocate/counsel. He was rather rejecting wrong assumptions based on human intellect, pride, and opinions. The world cannot know God through its wisdom.

When God calls, He turns the world’s standards upside down. How else can one explain the choice of Peter, an ordinary illiterate fisherman, as a major pillar of the church? Notice why God chooses to work this way (vs.29-31, compare Jeremiah 9:23-24). Our God will not share His glory with anyone. If you consider yourself qualified for God’s work, then you are most unqualified. When God calls us, we must therefore learn to depend fully on Him alone. Notice the four terms Paul uses to describe what Jesus is for those who trust in Him (v.30). Is He all these to you?

Paul puts what he has just explained into practice in his preaching ministry. So, unlike many modern-day preachers on our pulpits and televisions, he refuses to use a preaching style of eloquence or “superior wisdom” (2:1). Instead, how did he go about it (2:2-5)? Note his message (2:1-2), method (2:3-4) and motive (2:5).

Practice/Word Application
A Challenge: Has God called you to do a particular work for Him? How will the message of today affect the way you carry out this assignment?
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?

ONLY JESUS
Only Jesus would I know,
Jesus, only Jesus!
He’s my portion here below,
Jesus, only Jesus!

Refrain
Things of earth are trifling toys,
He my highest thought employs;
He the spring of all my joys,
Jesus, only Jesus.

Only Jesus knows my heart,
Jesus, only Jesus!
He alone can peace impart,
Jesus, only Jesus!

Only Jesus satisfies,
Jesus, only Jesus!
He my every want supplies,
Jesus, only Jesus!

Closing Prayer
Lord, help me never to lose focus of the depth from which you pulled me to make me your child and servant.

Offer a prayer of faith in line with Mark 9:24

One-Year Bible Reading Plan
Micah 4, 5; Psalms 68.

NATIONAL PRAYER BULLETIN – SUNDAY 23RD JULY 2023

PRAYER FOCUS: TRAVELLING STAFF
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit; fruit that will last. John 15:16

THANK GOD FOR:
► All our travelling staff in the SU ministry – RCs, TSs
► Encouraging their hearts to press on in working for the Lord.
► The opportunity for being equipped through various training programmes

PRAY FOR:
► Grace to be more diligent and faithful in their work.
► They will be patient to learn things that will help then to be more effective.
► A better working relationship with the pilgrims.

Scripture Union Daily Guide July 23, 2023. Scripture Union is an international, interdenominational, evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The organization’s stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God.

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