Acts 13:1-4

1 Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off. 4 The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus.

Acts 16:6-10

6 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. 7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. 8 So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. 9 During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

Studying the Bible

The Bible is not a novel to read once and put on a shelf to collect dust. It contains God’s promises, instructions, warnings, encouragement, and so much more. The word of God is living and active so it applies to everyone and asks for attention and application. And the best news is that we don’t have to read it alone or try to understand it and apply it alone. God’s Holy Spirit is the best teacher! So pray as you read. Ask questions. Ask for clarity, examples, wisdom. Without the Holy Spirit, the Bible will remain a mystery.

  • What have I learned about God? Myself? God’s people?
  • What steps can I take to apply what I’ve learned?
  • How can I share what I’ve learned? How can I share this good news?


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