February 3, 2020
Hey, Grace’rs,

Here are your Bible readings for the week. You can use this as a part of your FAITH5 huddle each night:

Share…1 high and 1 low from the day.
Read…the Bible passage for today.
Talk…what one new thing did you learn about God or life from the Bible passage?
Pray…for each other
Bless…each other

(If you are using the  Essential Bible Companion, you will want to read the brief introduction to the corresponding book of the Bible.)
This week: Galatians 5 and Ephesians 2
Monday
Galatians 5

For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

Listen! I, Paul, am telling you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you.  Once again I testify to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obliged to obey the entire law.  You who want to be justified by the law have cut yourselves off from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.  For through the Spirit, by faith, we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; the only thing that counts is faith working through love.

You were running well; who prevented you from obeying the truth?  Such persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.  A little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough.  10  I am confident about you in the Lord that you will not think otherwise. But whoever it is that is confusing you will pay the penalty.  11  But my friends, why am I still being persecuted if I am still preaching circumcision? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed.  12  I wish those who unsettle you would castrate themselves!
13  For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another.  14  For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  15  If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.


Tuesday
Galatians 5

Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh.  17  For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want.  18  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law.  19  Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness,  20  idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions,  21  envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22  By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,  23  gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.  24  And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  25  If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.  26  Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another.


Wednesday
Ephesians 2

You were dead through the trespasses and sins  in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient.  All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else.  But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us  even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—  and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,  so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—  not the result of works, so that no one may boast.  10  For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.


Thursday
Ephesians 2

So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called “the uncircumcision” by those who are called “the circumcision”—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands—  12  remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.  13  But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  14  For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.  15  He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace,  16  and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it.


Friday
Ephesians 2

So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near;  18  for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father.  19  So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God,  20  built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.  21  In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord;  22  in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.
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