Faith Bible Readings 2018
At Faith Baptist Fellowship, we Love God’s Word and Prayer (Ephesians 6:17-18)! Take the ‘sword of the Spirit’ (God’s Word) and persevere in prayer! In this year, ask God each day to speak directly to you from the Scripture portions you read.
Our plan for 2018 will be taken from the Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan. Monday-Saturday we will focus on one main devotional passage; the additional readings will keep you on track to finish the entire Bible in one year. On Sunday, we will have a passage from the upcoming Sunday sermon along with questions for Faith Group discussion.
We suggest having a notebook and pen for answering questions and recording your thoughts/insights. Bring this notebook with you to Faith Group for discussions and prayer times. Select a quiet place and consistent time to read and pray.
Download PDF: Faith Bible Readings 2018 Jun 4-10
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, JUNE 4
Read I Kings 4-5
TAI: Notice that there was an office of “king’s friend.” What do you suppose that person did? What does “Ben” in a name mean? Solomon’s early reign is characterized by peace and safety, wealth, wisdom and understanding, and great reputation. He was a gifted writer of proverbs and songs! We might say today, “He was a Renaissance Man!” Who was the source of Solomon’s wisdom? Who was the source of Solomon’s wealth? Why did Hiram rejoice? What enormous task did Solomon undertake?
PP: Praise God that through the Lord Jesus Christ you are a King’s friend! Turn to James 1:5, read this precious promise, then ask God for wisdom for your life today. Be specific about situations in your day where wisdom is particularly needed. Thank God for the book of Proverbs, which contains the wisdom of Solomon.
VBS is a week away! Pray for Angela and her staff, and for all the children God will guide our way. Pray for spiritual fruit.
TUESDAY, JUNE 5
Read I Kings 6-7
TAI: Simply enjoy reading this detailed account of Solomon’s grand effort to build the temple and his palace, as well as its contents. [Note: if you have an ESV Study Bible, you will find beautiful drawings and descriptions of the work. Take time to study them.] What does God ask of Solomon? What do you learn about Solomon as you read? What stands out to you with regard to the furnishings? 7:1-12 is an insert with regard to the building of Solomon’s house. Take time to ponder: what is the temple of God today?
PP: It is a worthwhile thing to reflect on this truth: building the temple to the Lord in obedience to God, and doing so in such a magnificent and grand way, did not keep either Solomon or the people of Israel true to the Lord. It was an astounding achievement, but how much grander today to know God personally, be saved by grace, be filled with the Holy Spirit, and to be the temple of the Holy Spirit! Praise God for the gospel! Praise God for his saving grace. Pray the profound truth of Acts 17:24-31. What a God! What grace!
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6
Read I Kings 8
TAI: Write a few lines summarizing each section of this dedication:
Bringing the ark to the temple:
Solomon blesses God:
Solomon dedicates the temple:
PP: Now pray a prayer that reflects profound truths about God from this chapter of dedication. For what should we praise God and adore him? For what should we seek his help and his intervention? For what should we confess? Incline your heart to the Lord!
THURSDAY, JUNE 7
Read 1 Kings 9-10
TAI: The chapter opens with the Lord reaffirming his covenant agreement with Solomon. What is the promise given to Solomon? What is the warning? This will be critical as the story continues. How would you describe Solomon in light of the details included in the remainder of ch. 9? What took away the breath of the Queen of Sheba? Even the Queen of Sheba recognized that Solomon had been blessed by the Lord (10:9). What was the source of Solomon’s wealth and extraordinary wisdom?
PP: Reaffirm in prayer your own covenant relationship with God through Jesus Christ your Lord! Express to your heavenly Father your trust, love, and hope; tell him also of your desire to walk in his ways, as an obedient child obeys his father. Thank God for the gift of salvation by grace through faith in Christ. Thank him also for “every good and perfect gift” which comes from him, including the gift of the Holy Spirit. Ask God for wisdom in making decisions, and for daily bread to meet your needs. Continue to pray for VBS, which starts Sunday evening, for the children and staff.
FRIDAY, JUNE 8
Read 1 Kings 11
TAI: With this chapter a sad turn takes place in the narrative. What is it? God’s will had been very clear; Solomon was weak in this area of life and ignored God’s command. What a sad, heartbreaking statement: “his wives turned away his heart.” Sexual infidelity is so often the weakness that turns the hearts of powerful people in corrupt directions. What did Solomon become as he got older? How did God respond? What will be the tragic result?
PP: Is there a weakness in your life that turns your heart away from God? Confess it to God. Ask him to fill you with the Spirit and help you repent and turn away and trust him completely. Express regret to God for the sexual infidelity of our nation and its leaders. Ask God to restore righteousness among his people.
SATURDAY, JUNE 9
Read 1 Kings 12
TAI: What is the tragic result of King Solomon’s sin? The division between Jeroboam and Rehoboam reveals a profound truth: the hearts of unwise leaders do evil things (including refusing to listen to your wiser elders), yet ultimately it is still the Lord’s doing (v. 15). What stops Rehoboam from fighting a civil war with the ten tribes of Jeroboam? What great sin does Jeroboam commit against the Lord? What motivated him to do this? Why was this utter foolishness?
PP: These last two chapters remind us of Olson’s Axiom #2: “Sin makes you stupid.” Solomon’s sin was a grave break in his covenant relationship with God; his successors were moved by fear to lead in a most foolish manner. Ask God to keep you from foolish sins. Tell God that you don’t want fear to keep you from doing the right thing or move you to sinful choices either. “Fill me with your Spirit; make me wise through your word, the Bible; help me live a life pleasing to you.” VBS begins tomorrow! Let’s cover it with prayer.
SUNDAY, JUNE 10
Read Hebrews 10: 19-39
TAI & PP: The first paragraph is a marvelous summary of gospel truth, calling us to a gospel life. It is a stunning contrast to the brokenness we have been reading about as a result of Solomon’s foolish sin and the division that resulted from it. The beauty and necessity of gathered worship and fellowship among believers is described. Pray through this vital paragraph.
The second paragraph is a stern warning against deliberate, ongoing sin. It is a fearful and foolish thing to defy God.
The third paragraph makes clear that the Christian life is often not easy, with opposition and persecution. Yet the outcome is worth it! V. 39 would be a great one to memorize and pray!