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: Daily Bible Readings 2019 Nov 18-24
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18
Read Ezekiel 35-37
TAI: Chapter 36:26-27 is the HEART TRANSPLANT truth that we love to talk about at Faith Baptist Fellowship! Prophesied here in Ezekiel 36, it is fulfilled and repeated in gospel truths like John 3:3-8. The prophet is predicting a grand change brought about by God in his grace, a transformation that is individual and personal but also grand and sweeping, as chapter 37, the valley of the dry bones brought back to life, attests. These fabulous truths are fulfilled through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and his sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 2). God will breathe new life and breathe into the spiritually dead and adopt them as his forever family through his Son Jesus and his Holy Spirit. Thanks be to God.
PP: We must never lose hope that God is in the life transformation business! He CAN and he WILL breathe life into dry bones! Thank God for regeneration, the giving of new life. Thank God for his great work of grace in your own life. Thank him for Jesus and his Holy Spirit dwelling in you. Pray for spiritually dead friends and love ones to be given this gracious heart transplant spiritual surgery.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19
Read Ezekiel 38-39
TAI: ESV SB: “These initially obscure chapters, which form a single unit, deliver a powerful assertion of God’s sovereignty.” A ruler of great mystery, God of Magog, marshals his forces to strike Israel, but God is greater and causes a grand defeat. God defends his holy name from being profaned (see 39:7-8) and guards his people from harm. Who is Gog? Where is Magog? Simply put, we do not know. So, what do we know? That the final victor is God; that God will not allow his people to suffer final humiliation or defeat; that greater is he that is in us than he that is in the world. God wins! Hope in him alone!
PP: Hope in God! Let this be your daily theme at all times. No matter what the circumstances, God is greater than your problems and more powerful than your enemies. Christ by his resurrection has guaranteed our final victory; nothing can separate us from the love of God (see Romans 8:31-39). So, pray a prayer of faith, expressing your hope in God’s gracious sovereignty in your life. Thank him for his protection and daily grace. Tell him what is on your heart today!
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Read Ezekiel 40-41
TAI: ESV SB “Almost all interpreters agree that Ezekiel 40-48 is one of the most difficult passages in the entire Bible.” In these first two chapters of the section, a heavenly being takes the prophet on a personized tour of an idealized temple. Given the exile after the defeat of God’s people, this grand vision gives tremendous encouragement and joy: God will restore, rebuild, and refurbish this beautiful temple. Will this be a literal fulfillment on earth? A heavenly, future one? Truly, we are not certain. Just read and enjoy the vivid descriptions.
PP: Praise God who rebuilds and restores. Has he done that for you? Thank him! Praise him also that Jesus is preparing an ideal place for our eternal future (John 14:1-3). Also read I Peter 2:1-9 and delight in what God is building with you and with his church!
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21
Read Ezekiel 42-43
TAI: Chapter 42 continues the “tour” of this new, idealized temple. Then ch. 43 opens with one of the most beautiful and descriptive moments in this book or the entire OT: the arrival of God’s glory and presence back to the temple he had previously destroyed. Ponder 43:1-5 and reflect on “the sound of many waters” with the arrival of God’s glory. Wow! What follows is a description of the new day, possible now with previous sin dealt with and a holy altar in place.
PP: How thankful we ought to be that God is making all things new. Read Revelation 21:1-8 and rejoice even more! All of this is for you, if you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and are saved. God is making you new too! Hallelujah. Praise God in prayer. Thank him. Ask to be filled with his Holy Spirit today. Ask for daily grace to walk with Jesus today. Praise the Lord of glory!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22
Read Ezekiel 44-45
TAI: Continuing descriptions of the temple, except that now the presence of God’s glory has arrived. Therefore, the east gate is closed. Who is the prince? With whom does the prince enjoy fellowship? After reading the two chapters, jot some thoughts of response to what you have read.
PP: Now write down a personal prayer to the Lord of glory.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23
Read Ezekiel 46-48
TAI: In yesterday’s readings we asked, “Who is the prince?” This is actually a much-debated question with no certain answer. If the prince is a messianic figure in this idealized temple, why would he offer sacrifices? Yet, we know of no such person in the actual history of Israel. Today’s reading is long, completing the book, but as you read, ponder the parallels of this ideal temple with our future in the new heavens and new earth. Take notice of the river of ch. 47. Notice especially the name of the city in the final verse of the book.
PP: Scholars will likely always wrestle with this remarkable book of Ezekiel. As for us, we can be thankful: for the grace of a new heart through Jesus Christ, a river of life flowing through us (God’s Spirit), sustaining and future grace that will never cease, and a perfect home where we will fellowship with the Father and the Lamb for all eternity. “Thank you, Father, that I have a Person (Jesus, your Son, my Savior) and a Place (the new heavens and new earth) for my eternal future. I rejoice that the name of that place is The Lord Is There! Hallelujah!”
Additional Readings: None
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24
Read Genesis 10:1-11:9
TAI & PP: Chapter 10 records the fulfillment of the command to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. It also details the movement and spread of the people into a wider geographical area. Then chapter 11 records one of the fascinating incidents in Genesis, the Tower of Babel. What did the people aspire to do? How did God respond? What lesson should we take from this?
Ask God to give you a great love for HIS NAME, for it is at the name of Jesus that every knee will bow, and every tongue confess that he is Lord. Pray for the reaching of every language group on earth with the gospel (fulfilling the Great Commission). Pray for our pastors preaching on this extraordinary passage today.