Bible Readings: Dec 2-8

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 Reading 2019 Dec 2-8

Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2

Read Daniel 10-12

TAI: The first half of Daniel contains stories of the victory of faith and trusting God (the fiery furnace, the lion’s den, etc). This second half has visions of cosmic and earthly conflict, of earthly kings and cosmic princes in spiritual battle. There is certainly mystery here. Yet the visions culminate in clarity: everyone whose name is written in the book will be delivered (12:1) and the dead will rise to either everlasting life or eternal punishment (12:2). The timing of these things is known only to God (12:4), but we live wisely, by faith, and proclaim the deliverance of the gospel (12:3).

PP: Our current world scene, with wars and rumors of possible wars, terrorism and tumult, natural disasters and murder sprees, might tempt us to despair and unbelief. May it not be so! God is worthy of our worship and trust! His timing is perfect! The battle belongs to the Lord! Pray a prayer of praise and thanks to God. Reaffirm your trust in him. Express your desire to live for Jesus Christ every day, to walk in the obedience of faith, to put on the armor of God and engage the battle. Ask God for his grace and strength today. God is almighty!

Additional readings: John 13:31-38; Jude 17-25; Job 22

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3

Read Revelation 1:1-8

TAI: Who wrote this book down? Who revealed these things to him? Who were the original recipients of this book? Who offers “grace and peace” to those recipients? “Seven spirits” is symbolic of whom? (Context will help you answer this.) Verses 5b-7 refer to whom? Why will the sight of him make all the tribes wail? Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Ponder then what this saying means. Memorize v. 8.

PP: What a gift this book is to us! It comes from God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit to us as a revelation. Pray a prayer of thanksgiving to God for the gift of this revelation. Thank God for his grace and peace through Jesus Christ our Lord. Exalt him as the Alpha and Omega, eternal, the One who holds the future in the palm of his hand. Thank him for the blood of Jesus shed on the cross.

Additional readings: John 14:1-14; Job 23; Hosea 1-3

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4

Read Revelation 1:9-20

TAI: John received this vision on the isle of Patmos. Why was he there? Who does John see when he turns around? What clues in the description lead you to this conclusion? How does John respond to this vision of the glorified Christ? How should we respond? What is meant by the keys of Death and Hades? What does this chapter say to us about the vital importance of the local church?

PP: There is so much in this chapter about Jesus! Pray through the entire chapter, line by line, emphasizing in particular all that Jesus is for us. Thank God for delivering you through Christ and his blood from eternal death and punishment in hell because of your sin. Pray for our local church. Ask God to powerfully be at work in us and ask him to fill us with his Holy Spirit and faith to accomplish all that he has planned for us.

May Jesus Christ be glorified in us and may our lampstand shine brightly in a dark world!

Additional Readings: John 14:15-21; Job 24; Hosea 4-6

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5

Read Revelation 2:1-17

TAI: For each of these three churches, write up a short summary, as a good journalist would. Excellent trait? Something Jesus finds troublesome? Final outcome?

Ephesus

Smyrna

Pergamum

PP: Pray for our church, as prompted by these exhortations. Pray for our leaders (elders/pastors, team leaders and teams, teachers) to follow God’s word closely and wisely. Pray for our witness as a body during this Christmas season. Who are you praying for?

Additional Readings: John 14:22-31; Job 25-26; Hosea 7-8

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6

Read Revelation 2:18-29

TAI: As you did yesterday, now write up a short summary for the church at Thyatira. Who do you think this Jezebel was/is? Is this still a problem today?

PP: The church is the body of Christ, and ought to be holy. “Be holy as I am holy” (I Peter 1:14-16; Ephesians 1:4). First, thank God for the cleansing of Christ’s blood to make us holy. Second, ask God to fill us with his Spirit and help us to walk in holiness today. Thank God that those who are holy in Christ will receive the morning star!

Additional Readings: John 15:1-8; Job 27; Hosea 9-12

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7

Read Revelation 3:1-13

TAI: Continue the pattern of the previous two days. Write up a short summary, as a good journalist would, for these two churches. Excellent trait? Something Jesus finds troublesome? Final outcome?

Sardis

Philadelphia

PP: “Heavenly Father, we don’t want to be dead! Awaken us! Give us grace to strengthen our life with you and our daily walk with you. If you find fault in us, enable us by your Spirit to repent. Renew our life in you TODAY, Father! Revive us again. Protect us from harm by the Evil One. Open doors for us and enable us to walk through them and have maximum kingdom impact for your glory.

We rejoice that Jesus is coming soon! Come quickly, Lord Jesus!”

Additional Readings: John 15:9-17; Job 28; Hosea 13-14

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8

Read Isaiah 40:1-9   GO TELL IT! “God sends to say…”

TAI & PP: “Behold your God!” What a grand statement of the focal point of all salvation history—God has a plan of salvation that is revealed from Genesis to Revelation and its pinnacle is God’s Son, Jesus Christ. This passage supplies the text for three stirring pieces in Handel’s Messiah. Handel grasped its importance in salvation history: comfort for God’s exiled people, prepare the way of the coming Messiah, and behold your God whose word stands forever.

Pray for the pastors as they proclaim it, “Behold your God!”

Also, “Behold the Lamb of God” is the theme of a concert to be broadcast tomorrow evening at our West Campus at 7 pm. You will be blessed by this live broadcast from the Ryman in Nashville. Free! The concert features songwriter Andrew Peterson and friends.