February 5, 2017, Lectionary

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We break the fear that feeds oppression, judgmentalism, and isolationism by living into the blessings from God through Sabbath keeping. Isaiah 58:1-14

He or she will not be captured by bad news. His or her life is stabilized by trusting in the Lord. Psalm 112:1-10

The good news of the mind and purposes of God in this situation is available to us through the Holy Spirit and the Word. I Corinthians 2:1-16

I dare put neither pious conservatives nor pious liberals at the top of my role model list. Matthew 5:13-20 reminds me of Romans 9:30-10:4.

Thoughts about Listening

Listening with respect to another doesn't mean changing or giving up one's own beliefs, unless those beliefs refuse respect. Isaiah 58:1-14

A good person has the resources to be generous because discretion characterizes all his or her affairs. Psalm 112:1-10

Real and powerful preaching and speaking in the world is not about crucifying someone who sees or acts differently. 1 Corinthians 2:1-16

Are your communication patterns more like salt to mingle with others, or like a light source to attract others to you? Matthew 5:13-20

Bible Reading Group Homework

1.    Tell your Bible Reading Group where you go to church and what you like about worshiping there.

2.    Read or listen to Isaiah 58:1-12. Make two lists from this reading: 1) what doesn’t please God, and 2) what does please God. People often get these backwards because our fear feeds our oppression, judgmentalism, and isolationism. Read verses 13-14 to discover one thing we could to that would help us.

3.    Read or listen to Psalm 112:1-10. Please focus on verse 7 and discuss the various kinds of bad news that can capture human hearts and keep them from trusting God.

4.    Read or listen to Matthew 5:13-20. Jesus said the looking-good religious leaders didn’t have enough of the right kind of righteousness, or right-doing. Discuss and try to discover where can a person get enough of the right kind?

5.    Read or listen to 1 Corinthians 2:1-16. In verse 9, Paul quotes from Isaiah 64:6. Read the context of that statement and discuss: Are the “things that God has prepared” past, present or future? material, physical, or spiritual? accessible or hidden? How did Paul use of this quotation in 1 Corinthians 2?


1. Dile a tu grupo de Lectura de la Biblia, ¿Dónde va a la iglesia, y qué es lo que le gusta de la adoración en ese lugar?

2. Leer o escuchar Isaías 58:1-12. Haga dos listas de esta lectura: 1) Lo que no agrada a Dios, y 2) Lo que agrada a Dios. La gente suele entender ésto de forma contraria, debido a que nuestro miedo alimenta nuestra opresión, criticismo y aislacionismo. Lea los versículos 13-14 para describir una cosa que podríamos hacer que nos ayudaría.

3. Leer o escuchar el Salmo 112:1-10. Por favor, enfóquese en el versículo 7 y discutan los diversos tipos de noticias malas que puedan capturar los corazones humanos y evitar que confíen en Dios.

4. Leer o escuchar Mateo 5:13-20. Jesús dijo que los líderes buenos líderes religiosos no tenían suficiente de la justicia correcta, o de hacer lo correcto. Discutir y tratar de descubrir ¿Dónde puede una persona obtener lo  correcto?

5. Leer o escuchar 1 Corintios 2:1-16. En el versículo 9, Pablo cita a Isaías 64:6. Lea el contexto de esa declaración y discuta: ¿"Las cosas que Dios ha preparado",  son en pasado, presente, o futuro? ¿Material, físico o espiritual?  ¿Accesible u oculto? ¿Cómo usó Pablo ésta cita en 1 Corintios 2?