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Ask Pastor John

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Ask Pastor John
What Should I Expect My First Time Through the Bible?

This is a great Q & A with John Piper discussing what you should expect your first time reading through the entire Bible.

For the original article, check it out here HERE.

He will explain several positives and negatives to taking on such an important task, as detailed below.

Bible Reading Is Intimidating
1) Expect opposition
2) Expect to be shocked
3) Expect to be confused
a. God conceals many things that we’d like to know.
b. What he has revealed is often hard to understand.
c. Christ has given teachers to the church.

Nine Blessings to Expect from the Bible
1) Expect your faith to be deepened and strengthened.
2) Expect God to do serious, liberating work in your life.
3) Expect new power in war with Satan.
4) Expect a deep, sanctifying work in your life.
5) Expect to become a more loving person to those around you.
6) Expect that even though you are now saved in a decisive way, you’re going to go on being saved by the Scriptures.
7) Expect joy – great joy, unshakable joy – that the world does not know.
8) Expect to meet God.
9) Expect to see the glory of Christ.

John Piper is founder and teacher of Desiring God and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.

For more information on John Piper and Desiring God, check out https://www.desiringgod.org/

For more information on Bethlehem College & Seminary, check out https://bcsmn.edu/

Special thanks to John Piper and Desiring God for graciously letting us translate their material into sign language for the deaf to enjoy and benefit from.

Week 3 Day 7

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Week 3: Day 7

What a great week of readings!

The two main characters we learned about were Jacob and Joseph. However, above all else we
saw firsthand the providence of a good God despite the worst of human treachery.

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Week 3 Day 5

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Week 3: Day 5

Today’s reading is Genesis 44-46
Today the story comes to a dramatic climax.

Questions:
-What elements of tension are built into the story?
-How is the tension resolved?

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Week 3 Day 4

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Week 3: Day 4

Today’s reading is Genesis 41-43

Questions:
-Considering the time when the events took place, why might God have waited until this point
to exalt Joseph?
-How might God’s purpose in Joseph’s waiting relate to God’s timing of events in your life?

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Week 3 Day 1

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Week 3

This week we will cover the last half of Act 2, scene 1 in the biblical story, taking us through the
remainder of Jacob’s story and focusing especially on the story of Joseph’s travails and triumphs
in Egypt.

Week 3: Day 1
Today’s reading is Genesis 30-33

Question:
-Genesis 32:24-32 is a difficult passage. What does this passage teach you about a relationship
with God and how blessing often comes from struggle?

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WEEK 2: DAY 7

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WEEK 2: DAY 7

What a great week of readings!

We’ve read about three generations of people with whom God made a covenant: Abraham and
Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, and Jacob and his wives.

We also learned that God asks for unwavering obedience, but is also extremely gracious.

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WEEK 2: DAY 6

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WEEK 2: DAY 6

Today’s reading is Genesis 27-29

Question:
-How does the context help you understand Rebekah’s actions?

Action:
-Take a moment to praise God for your family, warts and all, and to pray that God will work in
and through you as a family in spite of your weaknesses and problems.

Week 2 | Day 7


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