Bible Readings: Feb 10-16 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 February 10-16

Monday, February 10

Read Luke 11:1-54

THINK: Luke’s version of the Lord’s Prayer slightly differs from Matthew’s (Mt 6). Compare. Is there any substantive difference? Ponder the meaning of each phrase. What is impudence? Revel in the “how much more” statement of v. 13! Why was their charge against Jesus of casting out demons by Beelzebul absurd? Who is the stronger man? According to Jesus, who is truly blessed? Who is greater than Solomon and Jonah? What point is Jesus making about the eye and the light? What were Jesus’s critiques of the Pharisees and lawyers (scribes)?
PRAY: Pray through the Lord’s Prayer, line by line, investing your own heart (desires and needs) into it. What do you need? Ask! What direction are you looking for? Seek! Knock! Pray with persistence. Express thanks to your heavenly Father for the “how much more” gifts he has in store for you. Praise God as the strongest, the wisest, the most merciful and the very best! Ask your Father to guide you to walk in the light as he is in the light. Confess any hypocrisy in the depths of your heart, asking for grace to walk in alignment with him.

Tuesday, February 11

Read Luke 12:1-59

THINK: Why would Jesus refer to hypocrisy as the leaven of the Pharisees? Verses 2-3 would be frightening, except for the truth of Christ’s blood that cleanses us from all sin. Thank you, merciful and gracious God. “Fear” and “fear not” in one paragraph; whom do we fear, and what do we fear not? Ponder v. 10. What do you think it means? What is the lesson of the parable of the Rich Fool? Assess yourself—how much do you struggle with anxiety? Why is anxiety a fruitless exercise? What ought we do instead? Memorize v. 34. What lesson do you take to heart about readiness? Why does Jesus bring division?

PRAY: Ask God to help you root hypocrisy out of your life. Pray a prayer of thanksgiving for the mercy of God through the blood of Jesus Christ his Son. Ask God to help you fear him alone, and fear not the things that do not count for eternity. Ask God for help to walk by faith, trusting Jesus in all you do, living in alignment with the Holy Spirit who dwells in you. Express your desire to be rich in God and a wise investor in Kingdom priorities. Confess to God your anxious thoughts. Rejoice that Jesus is coming soon and ask God to help you be ready for that day.

Wednesday, February 12

Read Luke 13:1-35

THINK: What does it mean to repent? Is repentance a one-time thing or is it ongoing? What is the point of the parable of the barren fig tree? Why does Christian growth require patience? How did our Lord respond to the ruler of the synagogue’s criticism? How is the kingdom of God like a tiny seed or leaven? Ponding vv. 22-30, who’s “in” and who’s “out”? What is implied by people coming “in” from east and west and north and south? How does Jesus respond to “the fox” Herod? Jesus prophesies his own death—how?
PRAY: Today is the day to repent and be right with God! That is true whether your journey of following Jesus is just beginning, or you have walked with him and need to renew that walk. Today is a day to GROW in your journey as a disciple. Ask God to help you grow. Confess any known sin in your life. Rejoice that God’s kingdom family is growing and that you can be part of that growth. Pray for those in your sphere of life who are not yet entering by the narrow way of following Jesus Christ by faith. Pray for the nations as well.

Thursday, February 13

Read Luke 14:1-35

THINK: The theme of hypocrisy continues in Dr. Luke’s gospel. Why wouldn’t these religious leaders answer Jesus? Reflect on v. 11. Humility is a rare commodity in our day. How do you think we ought to apply vv. 13-14 to our own lives? Consider that Jesus is speaking about Israel’s response to him when he tells the parable of the banquet. What does this imply about God’s kingdom family? Are we really to hate our fathers and mothers? I love mine! Are we to hate our lives? They are a gift from God! What is the point Jesus is making with these overstatements? What is the cost of discipleship?
PRAY: Is Jesus Christ FIRST in your life? Are you walking with him and is he setting the agenda of your life? Pray about this. Submit fully to him as your Master. Express your desire to align your life with the agenda of King Jesus. Nothing is more important! Pray for our missionaries who are casting the gospel net widely to bring some from every people to Jesus. Are you willing to bring others to him? Pray about that. Ask God to make you “salty” for him!

Friday, February 14

Read Luke 15:1-32

THINK: Three of Jesus’s most famous, well-known parables. Write down what you think is the main point of each:

The lost sheep:

 

The lost coin:

 

The prodigal son (really, the two brothers):

 

 What was the prodigal’s sin? What was the older brother’s sin?

PRAY: Since there is a party in heaven when one lost person finds Jesus Christ, pray for your friends and loved ones who need to repent and follow Christ. (You may have a list from Praying the King’s Agenda) Are you a prodigal in need of repentance, to return to your heavenly Father and be restored to him? Tell him now! Are you an “older brother,” filled with pride and angry when others are forgiven? Tell God now! Today is the day to repent and get right with God! Join with the angels in celebrating every transformed life!
 

Weekend, February 15-16

Read Genesis 17  

 
  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: This is now the fourth time this special relationship between Abram and God is restated and renewed. Why did God rename Abram? Why did God institute circumcision? Why did God rename Sarah? Why did Abraham laugh? What does the name Isaac mean? How would you differentiate between God’s promise regarding Isaac and God’s promise regarding Ishmael? Note: the text had previously stated that Abram’s faith had been counted to him as righteousness, prior to this institution of circumcision for the family of Abraham. See Romans 4:9-12  
  .PRAY: Pray for the pastors preaching on this important chapter at our South and West campuses. Thank God for the covenant relationship with Abraham, and for the promise that through him all the nations would be blessed. Rejoice in the marvelous power of God to fulfill his will in every circumstance. Ask God to help you walk in the obedience of faith, trusting your heavenly Father, and relying on the fulness of his Holy Spirit.  
  FAITH GROUP: Talk about the renaming of Abraham and Sarah. What do you suppose was God’s reasoning for this? Is there a parallel with our “new identity” as being “in Christ,” the children of God by faith in Jesus Christ? Share about the change in your life when you turned from running your own life to walking in the obedience of faith in Christ. How did life change? How are you new?

How can your FG pray for you in the long journey of walking with Jesus?