Bible Readings: June 1-7 2020



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 1-7

Monday, June 1

Read Mark 9:1-50

THINK: Some people deny the Trinity, claiming that the three (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) are not persons but “manifestations” of the one God. How does this account of the Transfiguration refute that? Though Mark is the shortest Gospel, the account of the boy with the unclean spirit is richly detailed. What stands out to you? What can you learn from this? Note at least five lessons. What is the key to greatness? How awful is hell?
PRAY: Express praise and adoration to God for the glory of Jesus Christ, looking forward to the day when you will see him in all his glory, face to face. Thank God that Jesus would leave the throne of glory to live as a man on earth to atone for your sin, and that he has returned to that throne to intercede for you. Rejoice that Jesus has the power to defeat Satan and his demons. Ask God to help you grow in prayer and faith, trusting him completely. Tell God that you desire to be a servant. Thank God for saving you from hell.

Tuesday, June 2

Read Mark 10:1-52

THINK: The Pharisees queried Jesus to see what “side” he would take on grounds for divorce. Whose “side” did he take? What do you think it means to receive the kingdom of God like a child? Ponder the statement “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” What does that have to do with wealthy people being saved? Explain. Also, what does Jesus mean when he says many who are first will be last, and the last first? Ponder the difference between servant leaders and those who “lord” over others. What question did Jesus ask Bartimaeus? Is he asking you?
PRAY: Pray for those with troubled marriages. If you are married, ask God for grace to strengthen your relationship. Express to God your desire for childlike complete trust in him. Rejoice that all things are possible with God! Pray for your lost loved ones, “Save them, O God!” Tell your Father of your willingness to be a servant. What is your answer to the question, “What do you want me to do for you?”

Wednesday, June 3

Read Mark 11:1-33

THINK: Why did the crowd shout Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!? What was the significance of Jesus riding on a colt? See 1 Kings 1:11-14 and 2 Kings 9:12-13. What did the crowd expect Jesus to do? Why did Jesus “cleanse” the temple? What was the response of the religious leaders? What was the lesson of the withered fig tree? What dilemma confronted the religious leaders when they questioned Jesus’s authority?
PRAY: The crowd was expecting Jesus to become their earthly king and save them from their enemies. Jesus came to save them and us from our sins. In praise, say “Hosanna! Thank you, God for sending the Savior and saving me!” Rejoice that Jesus came as the true Messiah. Ask our Father to make our church a “House of Prayer for all nations.” Thank God that he invites us to come and make our requests to him. What need do you have? Ask. And forgive as well! Praise God that Jesus came with the Father’s own authority.

Thursday, June 4

Read Mark 12:1-44

THINK: Explain the parable of the tenants. Who was it directed at? Confronted, how did the religious leaders respond? What was the brilliance of the “taxes” answer that Jesus gave? What was sad about the Sadducees? Mark seems to relish exposing the folly of those who tried to trick Jesus with their “tests.” What is the greatest commandment? Can you say that you obey it? How about the second command? Do you love your neighbors? What a contrast—the scribes and the widow.
PRAY: Thank God for opening your eyes to see and understand the truth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior. Ask God for wisdom in how best to “render to Caesar” and “to God.” Rejoice in the truth of the resurrection and thank God that even death itself is only for you the entrance into eternal glory in Christ. Tell God how much you love him! Pray for your neighbors (both far and near!). Ask God how best to love them with the love of Jesus. Pray for a generous heart like the widow who gave all she had.

Friday, June 5

Read Mark 13:1-37

THINK: ESV Study Bible: “Jesus and the Coming Judgment—Jesus’ discourse about the end times focuses the attention of the disciples on preparedness, on readiness to suffer, and on trust.” As believers we should focus on the preaching of the gospel to all nations (v. 10), enduring faith (v. 13), and being on guard against false messiahs and prophets (vv. 22-23). Because of v. 30, some teachers believe these things were fulfilled at the destruction of the temple in 70 AD, while others hold that the “generation” is all believers, or that there are multiple fulfillments. Whatever its meaning, we are certainly called to be prepared for times of trouble, and to stay awake and ready for Christ’s appearing. What kind of thing tends to lull you into a spiritual stupor? What helps you stay spiritually awake?
PRAY: Pray for the church suffering persecution across the globe. Ask God to help you stay spiritually alert, trusting him completely, unwavering in your allegiance to Jesus Christ. “Father, please help me be prepared for whatever comes, ready to stand up for Christ and suffer hardship and difficulty, keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and protector of my faith.”

Weekend, June 6-7

Read Genesis 29:1-30  

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: What seems familiar about this journey to Laban’s land? Explain Jacob’s strong emotions as he meets Rachel. How does the passage describe the two sisters? Note that Jacob was quite the romantic! Seven years seemed like a short time in exchange for Rachel. Why do these circumstances seem so strange to us? How was the culture and custom different at that time? Ponder why Laban deceived Jacob as he did. Once again the hymn fits this portion of Genesis, “God moves in a mysterious way.” He certainly does!
PRAY: Pray for our pastors preaching on this astounding text of Scripture. Ask God to speak to each and every listener. “Father, these circumstances seem so strange; what do you want to say to me through this passage?”

Continue to pray for local, national, and church leaders dealing with the Covid-19 crisis. Pray for medical personnel and others who protect and serve our nation. Ask God to send revival to his church and spiritual awakening to our land.

FAITH GROUP: We are bewildered by the behavior of Laban in this passage, and we are eager (perhaps!) to psychologize what each person must have felt: Jacob, Laban, Leah, and Rachel. But does our writer Moses concern himself with those things? What does he emphasize? How does this passage align with the entire storyline of Genesis so far? What lessons do we take from it?