Faith Bible Readings 2019
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. Select a quiet place and consistent time to read and pray.
Our plan for 2019 will be similar to previous years with one exception. 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. In addition, we will include a “One Another” passage also for Faith Group discussion and personal application in caring for one another in the body of Faith.
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.
Download PDF: Bible Readings 2019 Nov 4-10
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Read Ezekiel 9-12
TAI: Ezekiel’s visions of judgement continue. In these chapters there is judgement upon the city, God’s abandonment of the city and the promise of a coming exile. Who receive a mark on their foreheads (9:4)? Why does God bring judgement (9:9; 11:6)? Tucked among these negative pictures of judgement is a promise of blessing, can you find it? What are the evidences of God’s blessing (11:17-20)?
PP: The description of Israel being a land full of blood and the slain could also be applied to our land today with the issue of abortion. Do you sigh and groan over the abominations committed today? Ask God to break your heart over these things. Pray that God would bring revival, put His spirit in us, that our hearts would be united in worshipping Him. That hearts of stone would be replaced with hearts of flesh that are obedient to His word. Do you know someone who seems to have a heart of stone? Pray for those who God brings to mind.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5
Read Ezekiel 13-15
TAI: In chapter 13 God warned against false prophets. What were these prophets guilty of (vs 3, 10)? Are there false teachers today? How can you tell? In chapters 14-15 God has additional warnings against the Elders of Israel. What were they guilty of? What is God’s advice to them (14:6)? What is God’s desire for His people (14: 11)?
What is the meaning of the wood being thrown into the fire in chapter 15?
PP: One of the main points here is that the false prophets and the idols that people worshipped in their hearts cannot be trusted, similar to the worthless wood of the vine that wouldn’t even make a peg to hang something on. The end result will be fires of judgement. Praise God that He is truth and that everything from Him is true and trustworthy. Ask that the Spirit of truth would protect us from false teachers. Ask God to examine your heart and to cast out any idols that are there.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6
Read Ezekiel 16
TAI: This chapter includes some brutal and shocking sexual language. It symbolizes Jerusalem’s infidelity to God and at an emotional level expresses the loathsomeness of Jerusalem’s rejection of God. Note the three phases of Jerusalem’s history symbolized here: 1) an abandoned baby rescued; 2) a bride getting married; 3) a prostitute being unfaithful to her husband. Yet, in the midst of judgement there is grace. Do you see it?
PP: Praise God that He remains faithful and holy even while His people fail and sin. Thank Jesus that He is willing to give His righteousness to anyone who will put their trust in him. Pray that God will clothe His church and keep her pure and holy as the bride for the king.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7
Read Ezekiel 17-19
TAI: In chapter 17 there is more symbolism of how God would raise up Babylon to administer His justice on Jerusalem. Even here there is hope (17:22-24). What is good about the teaching in chapter 18? What can the wicked do to receive life and not die (vs 21, 30-31)? How does God feel about those who refuse to turn from their sin? Chapter 19 is a lament or a funeral poem for three kings of Judah.
PP: Praise God that He is the perfect judge and will be able to accurately assess each person when they appear before the judgment seat of Christ (2 Cor 5:10). Praise God that when the princes of Israel failed to stay true to God that He raised up a king who is perfectly righteous.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8
Read Ezekiel 20-21
TAI: The main story line of chapter 20 is the history of Israel where its sins are catalogued and denounced. But within the chapter there is the promise of redemption, can you find it? What motivates God to act as He does (20:44)? To what does the king of Babylon look for guidance (21:21)? What are some things that people of today look to for guidance? Name 3 things that God has given the Christian for guidance.
PP: Praise God that he is not hands-off, but that he knows what is going on and takes action. Praise his generosity in offering forgiveness to those who have ignored him or insulted him by worshiping idols. Thank Jesus that he took all of God’s wrath upon himself, so that those that trust in him are spared.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9
Read Ezekiel 22-23
TAI: ESV Study Bible: Three distinct but thematically related oracles: The Bloody City (vv. 1-16)
The City of Dross (melting, vv. 17-22)
Systematic Failure (vv. 23-31)
Jot down a thoughtful response to each in the space above. Then in Ch. 23, an allegory of two unfaithful sisters “portrays the nature of the relationship between God and Judah.” What is your gut reaction?
PP: Express to God your desire to be completely his, living in joyful harmony with his will for your life. Tell him how much you love him, trust him, and desire to walk with him as Jesus did. Ask God to fill you with his Holy Spirit.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10
Read Genesis 9:1-19
TAI & PP: Chapter 9 opens with God repeating his command to be fruitful from Genesis 1, with two important adaptations: 1) the animal world will now be fearful of man, and 2) while in Genesis 1 the provision for food was only plant-based, now provision through eating meat is added. However, as a sign of man’s being made in the image of God, the life blood is not included in the meat-eating provision but forbidden. Murder is clearly forbidden, as God reckons with the violence that had plagued the earth prior to the flood.
God reaffirms his covenant relationship with Noah and his sons, with the promise not to allow a global flood again. What is the sign sealing this promise from God? (Have you seen one lately?)
Thank God for the extraordinary beauty of the rainbow, and the promise that accompanies it. Pray for the pastors as they preach on this covenant-making chapter and relate it to the gospel.