Bible Readings: Dec 30-Jan 5 2020

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 30-Jan 5 2020

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

MONDAY, DECEMBER 30

Read Revelation 21:1-8

TAI: We often think of “going up” to God in heaven. Notice that in the new heaven and new earth, the holy city prepared for us actually comes down to us! Meditate for some time on vv. 3-4. What promises here are a great encouragement to trust God and rely completely on him? Why would we be afraid of the future when God has made us such extraordinary promises? Are you in pain, whether physical pain or emotional? Are you buoyed up by the hope conveyed of a future without pain? Contrast vv. 6-7 with v. 8, asking “Is sin for a season worth the ultimate cost?” What stands out to you about God’s character?

PP: After you have taken some time to “sit and soak in” the promises of this extraordinary section, as well as the revelation of God’s character and the promise of judgment for sin, respond in prayer however the Holy Spirit prompts you. Praise to the Alpha and Omega? Confession for sin and idolatry? Thanksgiving for such grand hope? Intercession for someone lost or hurting?

Additional readings: John 21:1-14; Job 41:12-34; Zechariah 10-14

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31

Read Revelation 21:9-27

TAI: Who is the Bride, the wife of the Lamb? Again is it revealed that the new Jerusalem will “come down.” What stands out to you about the city? Why is 12 such a significant number? Do you think the measurements are symbolic or literal? Why are gemstones (what a variety!) used in such a vivid way? Why is there no temple? Also, why no sun or moon? What glory would the nations bring to it? Why nothing unclean? Is your name written in the Lamb’s book?

PP: Extraordinary! Astounding! Vividly glorious! The descriptions here are an attempt to say, “This place will be absolute perfection!” Pray a prayer of thanksgiving that for the believer in Jesus Christ, this place prepared by Jesus himself will be our eternal home. It will be perfect! Thank God for saving you, and that by faith in Jesus your name is written in his book of life. Pray for loved ones and friends who, to the best of your knowledge, are not believers in Christ.

Additional readings: John 21:15-25; Job 42; Malachi 1-4

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1  New Year’s Day! God bless you!

Read Revelation 22:1-5

TAI: Where does the river of life flow from? What does this imply about the Source of our eternal life and joy and hope? The Tree of Life takes us back to Eden! It ties together the entirety of Scripture, quite literally from Genesis to Revelation, so that the place of perfection that was prepared for Adam and Eve will now be our home forevermore. God’s grand purpose in saving a people now reaches its zenith. Worship! That is what we are destined to do! It will not be boring or dry or lifeless: God’s very presence will be our light, and we will reign with Jesus forever. Wow!

PP: Pray through this amazing paragraph, line by line, filling your prayer for praise and thanksgiving and joy and HOPE! Express your amazement to God that he will be the Source of all we need with no limit and no end. Rejoice too that because of the cross and the resurrection of Christ, by faith you are a child of God and no longer accursed.

Additional Readings: Genesis 2; Psalm 1; John 1

THURSDAY, JANUARY 2

Read Revelation 22:6-21

TAI: “Behold, I am coming soon.” That simple and beautiful statement, taken on top of all we have read the past few days, is worthy of your meditation and contemplation at the dawn of this new year, 2020! (Doesn’t Y2K seem like only yesterday?) Who alone must we worship? Why would it be wrong to “seal up” the prophecy of this book? What does “recompense” mean? Who should fear it? Is your robe washed? Humbly ponder v. 15 and take it to heart – “outside.” Ponder this word: “Come!” Cults often add to the pages of Scripture; what is wrong with that?

PP: Pray, “Come, Lord Jesus!” That is certainly a biblical prayer. Amen! Are you ready for Christ’s coming? Ready by faith; ready by hoping in Christ; ready by walking daily with Jesus in holiness by the power and help of the Holy Spirit of God; ready by the fulness of the Holy Spirit; ready by fellowship with God’s people; ready by both personal and corporate worship. Are you ready for Christ’s return?

Pray for a loved one or friend who is not ready.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 3   We will begin 21 Days of Prayer on Monday

Read the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5

TAI: Pastor Dana’s booklet “21 Days of Prayer: Praying the King’s Agenda” is being used to begin the year in churches across America. The King is Jesus! His agenda are his commands and instructions. Doesn’t it seem right that if we pray according to the commands and instructions of Jesus we will be in God’s will? The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 contains many commands of Jesus. Do the Beatitudes characterize your attitudes? Are you Salt and Light in your sphere of influence? Why or why not? What makes you angry? How are you coping with our lust-saturated culture? Are you able to love your enemies?

PP: Beginning on Monday we will be “Praying the King’s Agenda” for 21 Days. For now, pray through these instructions of Jesus in Matthew 5. Pray line-by-line, truth by truth. Pray personally, pray perceptively—how are you doing with these things in your daily walk with Jesus? Thank God for the practical instructions of Jesus!

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4

Read the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 6

TAI: Verses 5-14 are powerful teaching concerning prayer. Since the 21 Days is a prayer focus, let’s concentrate on that portion of Mt. 6.

What warning does Jesus give regarding prayer in vv. 5-6? What is the danger of heaping up “empty phrases” in prayer? What does “hallowed” mean? What should we pray with regard to the kingdom of God? Are you living in alignment with the King’s agenda? Who is the Source of all you need? Who will deliver you from the Evil One? What profound warning closes this section after the Lord’s prayer?

PP: As we did yesterday, pray line-by-line, truth-by-truth through this 2nd chapter of the Sermon on the Mount. To do so is to take our “prayer direction” from the Lord Jesus himself, the “King’s Agenda.” Pray about your attitude toward money and handling of it. Do you struggle with anxiety and worry? Pray about that too, with humility and confession as needed.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5

Read the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 7

TAI & PP: Today we will hear messages on prayer, from Pastor Jayson at West Campus and Steiger International speaker Ben Pierce at South Campus, to launch our “21 Days of Prayer, Praying the King’s Agenda” as a church family. If you did not get the book, written by Pastor Dana, copies should be available at both campuses.

Read the final chapter of the Sermon on the Mount and pray through it, as we have been doing the past two days. This is good preparation for our 21 Days emphasis. Jesus is the King; his agenda is his commands and instructions. We can’t go wrong praying about the things that Jesus has taught us so clearly! Ponder especially vv. 7-11. Jesus instructs us to ask, seek, and knock! God has marvelous gifts for us if we will but ask him.
The Adventure begins tomorrow!