god. What are some of the other things that keep a man from Christ, from salva tion, and from doing the will of God for his life? July 18, 1954 I Will Be Loyal Matt. 26:31-45 DAILY READINGS July 12 — Loyal Friends — 1 Sam. 18:1-5 July 13 — Loyal to Christ — Acts 5:25-32 July 14 — Loyal to the Church — Heb. 10:22-25 July 15 — Loyal to God’s Commands — Deut. 6:16-18 July 16 — Loyal Service — Col. 3 :1 6 , 17 July 1 7 --- To Each His Due — Matt. 22:17-21 HEART OF THE LESSON As we saw in our first study for this month we are living at a time when loyalty is becoming the issue of the day. Nearly every newspaper publication prints some story of disloyalty in our government almost daily. It seems about time that we began to emphasize the importance of loyalty, not only on the political level but in every area of our lives. STUDY QUESTIONS 1. Name some of the areas of life • which demand loyalty if there is to be peace and harmony and understanding. 2. You no doubt remembered to put at the top of your list loyalty to our Lord Jesus Christ. 3. Who is the most famous traitor (we should say infamous) in history? See Matt. 26:14-16. 4. Was Judas the only man among Jesus’ friends and followers who betrayed or denied the Lord? See Mark 14:50. 5. How may a Christian be disloyal to Christ today? Discuss this question in cluding failure to witness, failure of faithfulness in attending 'the services of the church, etc. 6. Discuss loyalty to the Word of God. See from the following Scriptures that in these last days many are going to be disloyal to the Word of God (Acts 20:- 28-30; 2 Cor. 11:13-15; 1 Tim. 4:1; 2 Tim. 4:1-5; Jude 3, 4, 17-21, etc.). 7. Discuss loyalty to the Church. Who founded the Ghurch? (Matt. 16:18.) If Jesus founded the Church should the Christian be loyal to it? Study Heb. 10:- 25 in this connection. 8. Why did the Saviour found His Church? List the reasons given by the group, and discuss each of them. 9. Discuss the importance of Chris tians being loyal to one another. We need to practice Christian love among the brethren in this day (cp. Rom. 12:10; John 2:7-11; 4; 11,-21).
July 25, 1954 Why Pray Anyway? Psa. 34:1-8; Matt. 7:7-11; James 1:5-7 DAILY READINGS July 19 — A Promise to those who Pray — John 16:23-28 July 20 — Paul Tells us to Pray ' — 1 Thess. 5:16-23 July 21 — God Hears Prayer -— Psalm 6 5 :1 , 2 July 22 — A Prayer for Others — Gen. 18:23-32 July 23 — A Prayer for Physical Needs — Exodus 15:23-27 July 24 — A Prayer for Wisdom — 1 Kings 3:5-10 HEART OF THE LESSON To many people prayer is just a form. But prayer was never meant to be a form, it was meant to be a power. Every Chris tian ought to want to become mighty in prayer (2 Cor. 10:2-5). The Word of God is very serious and very earnest in its teachings on prayer. Let us think for a little while today about some of these teachings. STUDY QUESTIONS 1. What do you think is the essence— the main thing—in prayer? Is it asking for Sthings, or is there something more important? 2. According to Psalm 34:1, what should the believer do when he prays? 3. What does Psalm 34:2 teach about prayer? 4. What does v .,3 teach about corpor ate or group prayer? Do you attend group prayer-meetings? If not, why not? 5. What does v. 6 teach about prayer? Is God concerned about our trials and problems? (1 Peter 5:7; Rom. 8:32, etc.) Ask the members of your group to sug gest Scriptures that indicate God’s love and care and interest in all that con cerns His children. 6. Prayer is trust. What is the result of trusting in the Lord? (Psalm 34:9.) 7. In Matt. 7:7, what promise does the Saviour give concerning prayer? 8. What do you think He means by His use of the three words “ ask”, “ seek” and “knock” ? 9. What is the great promise of Matt. 7:8? 10. What is the powerful argument for prayer, given in Matt. 7:9-11? See James 4:2b in this connection. 11. What one thing does James men tion in James 1:5, as a worthy object of prayer? Is there any man who does not need this thing? 12. How does James describe the “wis dom” for which the Christian is to pray? (James 3:17.) 13. What is the great condition for answered prayer? (James 1:6.) END.
(John 1:12; Titus 2:11-13.) July 11, 1954
I Will Be Sincere Matt. 19:16-29
DAILY READINGS July 5 — Serve God Sincerely— Joshua 2 4 :1 4 , 15 July 6 — Sincerity and Truth — 1 Cor. 5:6-8 July 7 — Godly Sincerity — -2 Cor. 1:8-14 July 8 — Sincere Speech — 2 Cor. 2:14-17 July 9 —— A Prayer for Sincerity — Phil. 1:9-1 1 July 10 — Sincere Love — 1 John 3:17-21 HEART OF THE LESSON From the Word of God we learn that nothing so angers the Lord as unreality or hypocracy. The strongest words ever spoken by the Lord Jesus Christ were spoken to and against hypocrites (Matt. 23). The word sincere comes from a root word that in ancient times signified “ without wax” . Flaws in art work were usually covered over with wax so that the purchaser would not see the marred place. Genuine pieces were marked “ with out wax” or sincere. The Christian ought to be sincere, without wax, without un reality of any kind. May the Lord help us to be such! STUDY QUESTIONS 1. All men are by nature hypocrites! It is a mark of the fallen sinful nature of men to pretend to be something they are not. This is hypocracy. See Romans 2:17-24; Matt. 23; Matt. 7:21-23, etc. 2. What is the first step in avoiding this evil? Study Psalm 32:1-5; 51:1-15; 1 John 1:8-10. 3. Even Christians can be guilty of the sin of hypocracy. See what happened to Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-11 and to many of the Corinthian Christians (1 Cor. 11:29, 3'0). 4. Now, to get to the Scripture for to day, what commendatory things can be said about this rich young man who came to Jesus? List these on the black board. 5. Why did the Lord Jesus state the condition of v. 21 to this young man? Did He intend to teach that only those who do as He commanded this young man to do can have eternal life? How do we know that this was not His inten tion? (John 1:12; 5:24; 10:9, 10, etc.). The New Testament makes it crystal clear that a man is saved by faith m Jesus Christ, not in any kind of works (cp. Rom. 5:1; Gal. 2:16, etc.). 6. What was the young man’s response to our Lord’s command? (Matt. 19:22.) Why did he respond so? How are you responding to God’s will for your life? 7. This young man' let money be his
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