Bible Readings: June 22-June 28 2020

LOVE GOD’S WORD & PRAYER

New Testament Challenge 2020

At Faith Baptist Fellowship, we Love God’s Word and Prayer. Hearing a sermon at church on Sunday mornings alone isn’t enough to be considered a healthy diet of God’s word and prayer. We strongly believe that every growing disciple of Jesus needs to be regularly hearing from God through his word and personally speaking back to God through prayer.

We are challenging everyone to read through the entire New Testament in 2020 – one chapter per day, five days per week. If regular Bible reading is not yet a habit of yours, this is a great way to get started! As always, we will provide devotional thoughts and helpful prayer points on the passages. The weekend material will prepare you for the upcoming Sunday sermon as well as provide some discussion help for Faith Groups.

We recommend you set aside at least 15-20 minutes a day for this plan and prayer. If you fall behind, just start on the current day. Try to develop the habit of reading at the same time and place. We suggest having a journal and pen for answering questions and recording your thoughts and insights. Happy Bible Reading!

Download PDF: DBR 2020 Jun 22-28

Monday, June 22

Read Romans 8:1-39

THINK: The chapter opens with a marvelous truth statement. Why is there no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus? Who are the children of God? How are we adopted into God’s family through Christ? You are God’s heir! Meditate on that great promise for a while. What gives the believer hope amid suffering? What evidence do you see of creation “groaning” and being subject to futility? Do you find it hard to wait patiently in hope for our final redemption and the glory to come? How does the Holy Spirit help us in our suffering and waiting? What can separate you from the love of God in Christ?
PRAY: There is so much to be thankful for in this portion of Scripture! Pray through the verses, praising and thanking God for each spiritual benefit. No condemnation! Adopted into God’s family! God’s own heir! Make it your own. Are you suffering? Struggling to wait patiently for glory? Tell the Father and pray these precious truths and promises back to him. “Father, I turn my back on life in the flesh, and through faith in Jesus Christ, rejoice that as a child of God I can live my life in the Holy Spirit! Thank you for this life-altering good news. Hallelujah! Amen.”

Tuesday, June 23

Read Romans 9:1-33

THINK: Now Paul turns his attention to Israel, his anguish at their unbelief and his heart for them to be saved. Their inheritance is so grand, and yet most rejected Jesus Christ, God’s greatest gift and their Messiah. According to vv. 6-8, it is not ethnicity that counts but rather faith in God’s promise. Ultimately, whether a Jew or a Gentile, it is God’s electing love, God’s choice, who shall be saved (ponder vv. 14-18). This is difficult truth. But the point Paul is making is clear: that God is merciful to anyone! What is our part? To believe the gospel!
PRAY: Humble yourself before the Lord and pray through this passage, asking God to give you understanding of its truth. Thank God for giving you the gift of faith to believe in Jesus and be saved. Pray for a great harvest of souls all over the world, among both Jews and Gentiles! Pray “O God, my heart’s desire and prayer is that they would be saved!” To the extent that we don’t fully understand the intersection of God’s sovereignty and our human will, we bend the knee to God and worship him and bask in the wonder of his mercy to us.

Wednesday, June 24

Read Romans 10:1-21

THINK: Who is the “them” in v. 1? How is righteousness to be gained in the gospel? According to Paul, true saving faith comes through confessing with your mouth and believing in your heart. In saving faith, is there any difference between Jews and Gentiles? Why is gospel proclamation necessary? Gospel sending? How has God displayed remarkable patience with Israel (and with you and me!)? Reflect on all of God’s kindness and patience with you.
PRAY: Paul stated in v. 1 that he prayed for the salvation of Israel. Pray the same prayer, for salvation for those whom you love who do not yet believe. Pray for the spread of the good news of Jesus to all the peoples of the earth—to the Jews and all Gentile peoples as well. Pray for our missionaries who are taking the gospel to the nations (choose one individual or family and pray particularly for breakthroughs and success in their work). Ask God to help you share your faith with others today.

Thursday, June 25

Read Romans 11:1-36

THINK: Paul now is trying to clear up a common error: the thought that simply being born a Jew was enough. Not without saving faith! Or that salvation could be earned—No! Not without saving faith. When most of the Jews did not receive Jesus Christ as Messiah, the gospel went to the Gentiles (as was the plan of God). Ponder vv. 33-36, line by line. Can we counsel and advise our God? Can we give a gift to him? No! He needs nothing. Then reread the first part of the section, understanding what Paul is saying: God’s mysterious plan will ultimately result in a widespread work of grace among BOTH the Jews and Gentiles. Someday it will all be clear, and we’ll be amazed at his grace!
PRAY: Pray for a powerful spread of the Gospel among the Jewish people. Pray for a harvest move of God’s Holy Spirit all over the world, among Jews and Gentiles alike. Confess any pride, which is sin. Thank God for his kindness and patience in Jesus Christ our Lord. Pray a prayer of praise to God using the final four verses of the section. “How unsearchable are your judgments…” etc. Ponder deeply the final verse of the chapter and give glory to God. 

Friday, June 26

Read Romans 12:1-21

THINK: If you have never memorized vv. 1-2, now would be a great time to do so! These are powerful thoughts to have “hidden in your heart.” Is your mind more transformed or conformed? What are your spiritual gifts? How does God want you to use them in the church body? Do any of the gifts listed here resonate with you? Vs 9-21 is a comprehensive list of the marks of a true Christian. Which ones stand out to you? Which ones are you convicted by? This is what a transformed life looks like.
PRAY: Ask God to give you a renewed mind. Ask him to guide you in discerning how he has gifted you and wants to use you in his kingdom. Thank God for giving spiritual gifts to believers and thank him for those in our church who use their gifts regularly for the health and well-being of our body. Pray through vs 9-21. Ask God to continue his transforming work in your life.

Weekend, June 27-28

Read Genesis 31:1-55

 
  If you’ve fallen behind this week, consider using these extra days to catch up. You can also prepare your heart and mind for this Sunday’s worship service. Read the planned sermon text above and the thoughts below in advance of Sunday morning’s message. If you are in a Faith Group, consider discussing the questions below together.  
  THINK: Who began to resent Jacob’s great prosperity? What was Jacob’s view of Laban? Notice that Jacob recognizes the true Source of his growing abundance is God (vv. 9-13). How did Leah and Rachel view their father? What secret thing did Rachel do? What are “household gods” do you think? Was taking these a good idea? Who cautioned Laban? In Jacob’s rebuke of Laban, he again recognizes that God has taken good care of him. What was the covenant that the two men agreed upon? What symbolized that covenant? If you were to choose one important lesson from this chapter for yourself and your family, what would it be?  
  PRAY: Pray for Pastor Jayson and Pastor Thomas preaching on this chapter Sunday morning. Express to God your trust in him for every aspect of your life. Thank God for the new covenant in Christ’s blood and for the amazing joy of living in right relationship with him through Christ. Pray for our city, state, nation, and world in light of the virus and the current unrest. How much we need Jesus! Ask God to renew and revive his church and to bring many to himself.  
  FAITH GROUP: Discuss why you think Rachel stole Laban’s “household gods.” Discuss what these may have been. What idols do we have hidden underneath our skirts? (So to speak!) What strategies do you use to fight idolatry and keep Christ first and preeminent in your life and household? Are there areas of life where you struggle to trust God with your whole heart? Pray together for one another in these matters of idolatry and keeping Christ as the center of our homes.