Bible Readings: Feb 24 – Mar 1 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 24 – March 1

Monday, February 24

Read Luke 21:1-38

THINK: Why did Jesus commend this widow? When was the stone of the temple thrown down? What perspective is Jesus laying out regarding persecution? “Some of you they will put to death” but “not a hair of your head will perish” – how can both be true? What quality is Jesus commending to his disciples? This section, called the Olivet Discourse, refers both to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD and to events related to Christ’s return. Wiersbe: “It will be a time of testing and testimony, oppression and opportunity, vengeance and victory.” By grace we will stand fast in Christ! He is our hope.
PRAY: How should we pray as we anticipate the return of Jesus? Ask our Father to give you grace to give generously, knowing he will take care of you. Ask for grace to endure hardship and suffering. Ask for great faith to trust God completely when natural disasters and human conflicts seem on the rise, to raise your head high with the knowledge that your redemption is near! Express confidence in the word of God which will never pass away. Ask God to keep you from distress, but rather awake, prayerful, and standing firm.

Tuesday, February 25

Read Luke 22:1-71

THINK: Why was Passover the perfect time for Jesus to be betrayed and crucified? The Lord’s Supper is instituted, with vital symbolic meaning for the bread and the cup; ponder the significance of each. Reflect on the phrase, “as it has been determined” in v. 22. In continued reflection, consider Jesus saying, “I am among you as the one who serves.” Peter was overconfident; Christ prayed for him! Then Jesus prayed, “Not my will, but yours be done.” Can you pray that prayer as Jesus did? Prophecies are fulfilled – Isaiah 53:3.
PRAY: Praise God and thank him that because of the cross he has “passed over” those whose sins have been washed in Christ’s blood, so that “there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). Thank God for the kindness of Jesus to come to serve us as our Savior, Redeemer, and Friend. Thank God also that Jesus now intercedes for us at the throne of God. Submit your will to God. Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Wednesday, February 26

Read Luke 23:1-56

THINK: What accusations were brought against Jesus? Picture in your mind the ugly scene before Herod. Truly he was “despised and rejected, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” What was the injustice committed against our Lord? Who was Barabbas? The crucifixion account that follows is rich in detail from Dr. Luke’s pen. Write a personal response.
PRAY: Pray through the crucifixion account, scene-by-scene and line-by-line. Express your heart to God for the amazing gift of grace in sending the Son to be our Savior and Redeemer. Are you suffering? Consider the sufferings of our Lord. Are you hurting? Jesus was wounded for our transgressions. Express your thanksgiving: Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! Pray for loved ones and friends who need Jesus.

Thursday, February 27

Read Luke 24:1-53

THINK: Notice that the angels knew that Jesus had prophesied his death and resurrection. Some were skeptical, but Peter ran to the tomb and marveled at what he found. Who kept Cleopas and his friend from recognizing Jesus initially? Ponder this: when did the prophets speak of the resurrection of Jesus? Jesus uses the word “necessary” – why? How extraordinary to be there to hear Jesus expound on the OT scriptures concerning Good Friday and Easter! When were their eyes opened to recognize him? Luke then gives his account of the Great Commission and the promise of the Spirit.

PRAY: He is risen, just as he said! Hallelujah! Pray a prayer of praise that Jesus has conquered sin, death, and Satan. Ask God for wisdom to discern how the Bible is one book, with the OT speaking of the “necessary” death and resurrection of the Messiah. Thank God for this. Thank him for sending his Holy Spirit to dwell in us. Pray for our church as we participate in the Great Commission and go, send, give and pray to that end. Pray for our missionaries.

Friday, February 28

Read Acts 1:1-26

THINK: The gospel of Luke was part one of the doctor’s book; now the Acts of the Apostles is part two. Notice the connection between the end of the gospel and the opening paragraphs of Acts. Who was Theophilus? What were they to wait for? Who knows when Jesus will return? What are we to do while we wait for his return? Where did Jesus go? What were the disciples doing while they waited for the Holy Spirit to come (v.14)? Who was chosen to take the place of Judas Iscariot among the 12? How was this done? What were the requirements for consideration?
PRAY: Ask God to fill you today with his Holy Spirit. Ask God to fill our church leaders and members with his Spirit, enabling us to fulfill all he has planned for us as his body. Pray for our outreach to our Jerusalem (our city), our Judea (our region), our Samaria (nearby, diverse peoples), and truly to the ends of the earth (our international missionaries). Thank God for those who have recently been sent, and for Andi who will depart in just 10 days for a crucially important part of the world. Ask God to grant Andi great grace in the period of adjustment facing her in the months to come.

Ask God to continue building us into a house of united prayer!

 

Weekend, February 29 – March 1

Read Genesis 18:16-33

 
  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: Ponder the idea that God heard an “outcry” against Sodom. What do you think that was? Why do you think Abraham’s intercession on behalf of Sodom (and his nephew Lot) was in stages? What can we learn about intercession from this passage?  
   PRAY: Pray for our city, nation, and world. Pray for God to move in a powerful way in each sphere, pouring out his Holy Spirit in harvest (many people coming to Jesus Christ as Savior) and a season of spiritual renewal and revival for the glory of God among Christians. Pray for our country during this divisive election season.  
   FAITH GROUP: Discuss the concept of an “outcry” against Sodom. What do you think that was? Do you think there might be an “outcry” against our own country for its sin and rebellion toward God? How should we intercede for our city and nation in light of this? What have you learned about intercessory prayer from this passage? How can you apply it to your Faith Group? To your daily life?