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Study Guide - January 28 - February 1, 2019

Study Guide - January 28 - February 1, 2019

This study guide is designed for the workweek of January 28 - February 1, 2019.

Opening Prayer

Let’s begin with a simple prayer before we begin our study today. If you don’t know what to pray, consider something like the following:

Father, thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ, and the salvation found only in him. As I study your Word today, please guide me by your Spirit. Help me to understand, believe, trust, and live in fuller view of the truth that sets me free. For your glory, I ask this in the precious name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

This Week’s Bible Reading

Let’s now take a minute and complete today’s Bible reading:

January 28 - Matthew 20
January 29 - Matthew 21
January 30 - Matthew 22
January 31 - Matthew 23
February 1 - Matthew 24

After reading, what questions do you have? What encouraged you? What convicted you?

This Week’s Bible Teaching

This short video by our friends at The Bible Project explains the second half of the Gospel of Matthew. Take a few minutes to watch it; it will help explain what you’re reading.

This Week’s New City Catechism

A catechism is a teaching tool designed to help us learn the truths of the Christian faith in Q&A format. Here is this week’s New City Catechism Q&A.

Q5. What else did God create?

A. God created all things by his powerful Word, and all his creation was very good; everything flourished under his loving rule.

This Week’s Memory Verse

Genesis 1:31

And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. . . .

This Week’s Catechism Teaching

The following video explains the teaching of this catechism Q&A in fuller detail.

Closing Prayer

Well done! You’re on your way to a thorough reading of the entire New Testament, as well as study of basic Christian doctrine using the New City Catechism.

Let’s close our time in God’s Word and truth in prayer. This might be a good time to pray for your daily needs, while also interceding in pray on behalf of your family and friends in need. If you don’t know what to pray, consider something like this:

Father, thank you for not leaving us in darkness, but instead sending the light of your Son, Jesus, into the world. I praise you for your goodness and grace to me, especially as I consider and confess the many ways in which I fall short of your glory every day. Thank you for your mercy and kindness to me. Please [share various concerns and needs]. In the power of your Spirit and in the name of your Son, I pray. Amen.

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