Saturday, September 17, 2011

PW Scripture--Lesson 1

Below are the scriptures for Lesson 1 of our PW Bible study--particularly for our Second Life Group. Also, a link to the Accra Confession.

Psalm 34
I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord
Let the humble hear and be glad. 
O magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me,
And delivered me from all my fears.
Look to him and be radiant;
So your faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord,
And was saved from every trouble.
The angel of the Lord encamps
Around those who fear him, and delivers them.
O taste and see that the Lord is good;
Happy are those who take refuge in him.
O fear the Lord, you his holy ones,
For those who fear him have no want.
The young lions suffer want and hunger,
But those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
Come, O children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Which of you desires life,
And covets many days to enjoy good?
Keep your tongue from evil,
And your lips from speaking deceit.
Depart from evil, and do good;
Seek peace, and pursue it.
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
And his ears are open to their cry.
The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
To cutoff the remembrance of them from the earth.
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, 
And rescues them from all their troubles.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted,
And saves the crushed in spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord recuse them from all.
He keeps all their bones;
Not one of them will be broken.
Evil brings death to the wicked,
And those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
None of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

Matthew 5:1-12
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Luke 6:17-26
He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.

Then he looked up at his disciples and said:
Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled.
Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.

But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry.
Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep.
Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.

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