Bible Readings: Jan 27-Feb 2 2020

LOVE GOD’S WORD & PRAYER

New Testament Challenge 2020

At Faith Baptist Fellowship, we Love God’s Word and Prayer. Hearing a sermon at church on Sunday mornings alone isn’t enough to be considered a healthy diet of God’s word and prayer. We strongly believe that every growing disciple of Jesus needs to be regularly hearing from God through his word and personally speaking back to God through prayer.

We are challenging everyone to read through the entire New Testament in 2020 – one chapter per day, five days per week. If regular Bible reading is not yet a habit of yours, this is a great way to get started! As always, we will provide devotional thoughts and helpful prayer points on the passages. The weekend material will prepare you for the upcoming Sunday sermon as well as provide some discussion help for Faith Groups.

We recommend you set aside at least 15-20 minutes a day for this plan and prayer. If you fall behind, just start on the current day. Try to develop the habit of reading at the same time and place. We suggest having a journal and pen for answering questions and recording your thoughts and insights. Happy Bible Reading!

Download PDF: Daily Bible Readings 2020 Jan 27-Feb 2

Monday, January 27

Read Luke 1:1-80

THINK: What was Dr. Luke’s goal in writing this account? What remarkable promise did the angel Gabriel make to Zechariah? To whom did Gabriel then make another astonishing promise? Who would this child be? What miracle will bring this about? Memorize v. 37. What stands out to you as you reflect on Mary’s song? Why did Zechariah and Elizabeth name their son John? From Zechariah’s prophecy, what will be the mission and calling of John? Read Isaiah 40:3 and Malachi 3:1.
PRAY: Using the Song of Mary and the Prophecy of Zechariah, pray a prayer of praise and thanksgiving for all that God did in fulfilling his promises and sending John (to prepare the way) and Jesus (to be our Savior and the Son of God). Exalt God for his attributes you find in these lines, like mercy, strength, and holiness, as well as for the Lord’s actions, like scattering the proud and lifting up the humble. How are these actions of God of benefit to you? What difference has he made in your life? Tell him now! Ask the Lord to use the coming months of reading the New Testament to help you grow stronger in Christ Jesus.

Tuesday, January 28

Read Luke 2:1-52

THINK: What action of Caesar in Rome initiated the series of events that led to the birth of Christ in Bethlehem? What prophecy did this fulfill? Ponder the fact that God chose shepherds in a field to hear the news of the birth of Jesus. How did the shepherds respond to seeing the child just as the angels had told them? What do we know about Simeon? How do Simeon’s words highlight the reality that the birth of Jesus fulfilled many prophecies? What is revealed to Mary about the future death of her son? Who was Anna? What additional event caused Mary to treasure her thoughts and memories of this amazing child?
PRAY: A month ago we celebrated the birth of Jesus. Our perspective now is different than that of the shepherds, Simeon, and Anna. Put yourself in their sandals! Reflect on what the coming of this child meant to them. Then pray a prayer of thanksgiving to God for sending his son to be our Redeemer and Deliverer. Ask God to help you “treasure” the coming of God’s son “in the flesh” throughout this year. Rejoice in the work of grace in your life and family.

Wednesday, January 29

Read Luke 3:1-38

THINK: What purpose for our writer, Dr. Luke, and his readers do the details in vv. 1-2 serve? What was John’s message? What OT prophecy did this fulfill? What do you think it means to “bear fruits in keeping with repentance?” How did John make that practical? According to John, how will the Messiah’s ministry be different than his own? What signaled the transition from John to Jesus? Take to heart the statement of God the Father about God the Son–beloved! Dr. Luke traces the lineage of Jesus all the way back to Adam.
PRAY: “Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your son Jesus to be our Savior and Redeemer. I trust in Jesus with all my heart and thank you also for sending your Spirit to live in me. Please help me live a life pleasing to you, bearing true fruits of repentance in keeping with my new life in Christ. Help me see the needs of others around me and respond with Christ-like love. Help me also to be content with what you provide and not live for worldly things. Just as you love Jesus your son, your beloved, so also you love me! I am amazed by that grace. I love you, my Father and my God. Amen.”

Thursday, January 30

Read Luke 4:1-44

THINK: The account of the temptation is fascinating! How does Jesus respond to each of the devil’s temptations? What can we learn from this? The devil also “uses” Scripture; how does his use differ from the responses of Jesus? Once again, at Nazareth, Jesus uses Scripture: he reads from Isaiah 61 in the synagogue. What makes the assembly turn against Jesus? At Capernaum why did the demon recognize who Jesus was? What amazed the people about Jesus? What message was Jesus sent to preach?
PRAY: Ask God to help you memorize Scripture (Psalm 119:11) so that you can answer temptation with truth. Ask God also to help you use Scripture accurately, not distorting its meaning as the devil and cults do. This requires the careful study of God’s word. Rejoice that Jesus came to preach good news to needy people like us and that by God’s grace we have become part of God’s kingdom family. Praise God that he is more powerful than Satan and that he has greater authority. Pray about matters of personal concern to you.

Friday, January 31

Read Luke 5:1-39

THNK: Imagine this remarkable scene as described by Dr. Luke. Why did Simon (Peter) respond to the great catch with such humility and confession? Would you have done the same? Imagine again, this time that you have a horrible skin disease or that you are paralyzed and that the Lord Jesus heals you completely. What remarkable power! What love! Meditate on the statement, “…the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” What did Jesus do after these periods of exertion and ministry? What ought we learn from that? How did Jesus explain his meal at the tax collector’s home? What is the lesson of the bridegroom and the wineskins?
PRAY: Jesus had the habit of going off by himself to pray. If he did that, certainly we would be wise to do the same. Our prayers should include confession (like Simon’s did), thanksgiving (for the healing and wholeness Jesus has given to us), adoration (for the great power and authority that belong to God alone), and supplication (asking God on our own behalf or for others). Express to God how much you love him! Pray for others in your sphere of influence who do not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and King.

Weekend, February 1-2

Read Genesis 15  

If you’ve fallen behind this week, consider using these extra days to catch up. You can also prepare your heart and mind for this Sunday’s worship service. Read the planned sermon text above and the thoughts below in advance of Sunday morning’s message. If you are in a Faith Group, consider discussing the questions below together.
THINK: Once again in this chapter God repeats his magnificent promise to Abram. Verse 5 gives us the title of this sermon series, “Number the stars.” Compare this with Genesis 12:1-3. How was Abram’s faith “counted to him”? (Note: salvation by grace through faith in the first book of the Bible! Read Romans 4.) Think deeply on the scene described here as God makes his covenant (literally, “cuts” a covenant, as in the cutting of the animals in two) with Abram. We are beneficiaries of this covenant, though now we know that its fulfillment came with the shed blood of Christ, the “new covenant in Christ’s blood.” How appropriate then that we would take communion this Sunday. Praise be to God!
PRAY: Pray a prayer of praise and adoration to God for his covenant with Abram and that you are among the multitude (“number the stars”) who are now part of God’s kingdom family. Pray for our pastors as they preach on this critically important passage of Scripture. Thank God for salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and that you have received this gift. Pray for your Faith Group leader and for the members of you Faith Group.
FAITH GROUP: Why do you think God’s promise to Abram is repeated again and again in Genesis? Why did God utilize such a vivid scene, animals cut in two, a smoking pot and flaming torch passing between the halves, to confirm his covenant with Abram? How does all this relate to our taking of the Lord’s Supper? Why is it so important? If Abram’s faith was counted to him as righteousness, and we are saved by grace through faith as well, what is the difference between the Old and the New Testaments?