Bible Challenge

Bible Challenge Readings and Reflective Questions for December 2013

Sunday, December 1, 2013 – Day 336
First Advent Sunday

Enjoy reading aloud the Scriptures in Church.

Monday, December 2, 2013 – Day 337

Micah 7
Psalm 123
Mark 1

What are the conditions of your life, your church, and your society? Are you satisfied with them? What divine acts of mercy have you experienced? What did you do in response?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 – Day 338

Nahum 1
Psalm 124
Mark 2

New wine needs new wineskins. What new frame of mind should you have in order to appreciate God’s justice and grace as shown in Jesus Christ?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 – Day 339

Nahum 2
Psalm 125
Mark 3

What can we do as Christians to make sure that our city is blessed like Mount Zion rather than doomed like Nineveh? What is the relationship between Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit? How can we become members of Jesus’ family?

Thursday, December 5, 2013 – Day 340

Nahum 3
Psalm 126
Mark 4

What has helped you most in your Christian journey to understand your faith? How do you see the role of teaching in the process of healing and restoration?

Friday, December 6, 2013 – Day 341

Habakkuk 1
Psalm 127
Mark 5

How faithful are you toward those in need around you? To what extent does the church’s teaching involve listening?

Saturday, December 7, 2013 – Day 342

Habakkuk 2
Psalm 128
Mark 6

Jesus was born in a manger, a place where animals go for nourishment. How can you share the incarnate Word with the world around you, so that all may learn to “feed on him in faith”? In a world full of hunger and thirst, how can the church assist in the distribution and sharing of the world’s resources?

Sunday, December 8, 2013 – Day 343

Enjoy reading the scriptures aloud in worship.

Monday, December 9, 2013 – Day 344

Habakkuk 3
Psalm 129
Mark 7

What are the conditions of your life, your church, and your society? Are you satisfied with them? What divine acts of mercy have you experienced? What did you do in response?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 – Day 345

Zephaniah 1
Psalm 130
Mark 8

Are there idols, compromises, or complacencies in your life that God is asking you to do something about today? Do you have the confidence of the author of Psalm 130? If not, why not ask the Lord for that confidence? What does taking up the cross mean for you today?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 – Day 346

Zephaniah 2
Psalm 131
Mark 9

In what ways might have you let Jesus down recently? What is missing from your life and godly service that you long for God to restore and make salty again? What agitation and anxiety within you needs calming and quieting?

Thursday, December 12, 2013 – Day 347

Zephaniah 3
Psalm 132
Mark 10

What is the distraction that most easily causes you to stray from seeking God and following Christ? What allowed blind Bartimaeus to see what Jesus had to offer him while many who could physically see were blind to Jesus’ identity and giftedness?

Friday, December 13, 2013 – Day 348

Haggai 1-2
Psalm 133
Mark 11

The crowds in Jerusalem at the time of the Passover were immense, and there were many exciting distractions. What allowed the crowd that shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David!” to see a king, not a peasant, riding on a donkey?

Saturday, December 14, 2013 – Day 349

Zechariah 1-2
Psalm 134
Mark 12

If you give to God the things that are God’s, what does that leave for the emperor?

Sunday, December 15, 2013 – Day 350

Enjoy reading the scriptures aloud in worship.

Monday, December 16, 2013 – Day 351

Zechariah 3-4
Psalm 135
Mark 13

As you read these passages, where do you see yourself in the story or stories? What are the signs of God’s presence in your world today, in your local community? Where is the “good news”?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 – Day 352

Zechariah 5-6
Psalm 136
Mark 14

What role can the visionary wonderings of Zechariah play in your contemporary attempts to read and understand Scripture? What part would you have played in Mark 14?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 – Day 353

Zechariah 7-8
Psalm 137
Mark 15

How do you read Psalm 137? In Mark 15, where are you in the narrative? Mark’s Greek here is again in the present tense. Read the chapter aloud in the present tense. What difference does this make to our understanding?

Thursday, December 19, 2013 – Day 354

Zechariah 9
Psalm 138
Mark 16

Is there a difference between optimism and hope? Where do we need to hear God’s promise to bring justice and to overcome oppression?

Friday, December 20, 2013 – Day 355

Zechariah 1
Psalm 139
Luke 1

How well do you think you know yourself? Do others know you better? How do you deal with aspects of Scripture that express difficult or unattractive feelings or ideas? Are those feelings worse than your own? (

Saturday, December 21, 2013 – Day 356

Zechariah 10
Psalm 140
Luke 2

Where in your own life can or must you exercise power? Where are you the one led or cared for? Where do you see power misused? What light does the gospel shed on that misuse?

Sunday, December 22, 2013 – Day 357

Enjoy reading the scriptures aloud in worship.

Monday, December 23, 2013 – Day 358

Zechariah 11
Psalm 141
Luke 3

What should the fruits of repentance look like in my life? What simple things could I change to make me more outward-looking, more concerned for the well-being of others? In the Bible, repentance is not just personal but political. How can I play my part in campaigning for a more compassionate world?

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 – Day 359

Zechariah 12
Psalm 142
Luke 4

In what ways am I tempted to trust in false hope? How can I learn to discern the true prophets from the false? What need do you long for Jesus to meet?

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 – Day 360

Zechariah 13
Psalm 143
Luke 5

What is your vision of the kingdom of God? Are you sometimes like the Pharisees, holding on to your understanding and judging those who unsettle you? If Jesus called you, could you leave everything behind and follow him? And what would that mean?

Thursday, December 26, 2013 – Day 361

Malachi 1
Psalm 144
Luke 6

As you look back on a year of reading the Bible, what stands out to you about God’s way with the world? Whom can you love more generously or bless more radically this week?

Friday, December 27, 2013 – Day 362

Malachi 2
Psalm 145-146
Luke 7

What do you think causes God offence in the world today? What can you do about it? Look back on your life: have you experienced the gratuitous goodness of God at any time? How do these experiences help you to remain faithful to God in times when God’s blessing seems to be withheld?

Saturday, December 28, 2013 – Day 363

Malachi 3
Psalm 147-8
Luke 8

What connections can you make between your duty to God and God’s blessing of the world? How would you strengthen those connections? As you near the end of your journey through the Bible, what themes have you noticed throughout it? How have they been developed as the story unfolds?

Sunday, December 29, 2013 – Day 364

Enjoy reading the scriptures aloud in worship.

Monday, December 30, 2013 – Day 365

Malachi 4
Psalms 149-150
Luke 9

How does prayer and reading the Bible prayerfully transfigure you and allow you to see the glory of God in Jesus, in others, and in yourself? Are God’s praises frequently on your lips, and is your life a song of praise to God?

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