Wednesday Devo

Scripture Reading:

2 Peter 3:8-9
8 But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. 9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.

Commentary from the ESV Study Bible:

3:8–9 Beloved introduces a new paragraph. Peter explains that the delay of the second coming is not a long time from God’s perspective. He then explains further that the delay is also because God is patient, and he has not quickly brought the present period of history to an end because he does not wish that any should perish. Though Christians long for Christ’s return and the defeat of all evil, as long as the present period of history lasts, an opportunity remains for people to turn to God in faith.

Study Questions:

  • Matt's first takeaway on Sunday was, "Where Jonah runs FROM Nineveh, Jesus runs TO sinners!" Jonah wanted no part of the wicked Nineveh, and Jesus had every right to feel the same way! He was perfection, God in a body, and he could've easily wanted to avoid the sinful filth that was all around him. Yet he did just the opposite. He went out of his way to seek out the most sinful in order to show them who he was. He came to seek and save the lost. When it comes to the way you spend your time and the people you hang out with, is there room in your life for intentionally hanging out with those who need Jesus in order to minister to them? How often are you being intentional with your lost friends or family?

  • God's heart for people is incredible. He loves us and wants nothing more than for us to turn to him. He doesn't want anyone to spend eternity separated from himself. This is why he sent Jesus in the first place; to make a way for humanity to be reconciled to God. How concerned are YOU about the people in your life that don't know Jesus? Does it keep you up at night to think they might spend eternity in hell? How often does this find its way into your prayers? What do your answers to these questions say about your heart and priorities? 

Pray:

  • That you would be intentional with how you spend your time and with your friendships. 
  • That you would always be on a mission with those in your life that need Jesus.

This Week's City 7: 

Try to commit to memory! 

2. Are there sources outside the Bible that confirm the Biblical account of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead? Many Roman and Jewish historians have confirmed that the apostles died as martyrs for preaching that they saw Jesus risen from the grave. No one dies for something they know to be a lie.
(Luke 1:1-4; Acts 26:26; 1 John 1:1-4, Josephus, Clement, Hegesippus, Tertullian, Origen, Polycarp)

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