Bible Readings: Sept 16-22

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 Readings 2019 Sept 16-22

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

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

Read Isaiah 34-36

TAI: Isaiah 35 is an amazing picture of the hope that God’s people had for their return from exile. But, there are pieces of this picture that apply to more than just the historical return from exile. What do you see that makes your heart fill with hope even today? Are you one of the Lord’s ransomed people that will have everlasting joy on your head and shall obtain gladness and joy (v10)?

PP: Ask the Lord to fill your heart with hope today as you reflect on this passage. Where your hands are weak and your heart is anxious (verses 3-4), God will be your strength and will come to save you.

Additional readings: Luke 22:63-71; Hebrews 8:1-6; Proverbs 24:23-34

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

Read Isaiah 37-39

TAI: In chapter 36 that we read yesterday, a messenger of the Assyrians comes to Jerusalem to taunt King Hezekiah and the rest of the people in Jerusalem. What response do you see from King Hezekiah? What about Isaiah? Finally, how does God respond to Hezekiah and Isaiah? There is a key phrase in Isaiah 37:21 related to these questions – “Because you have prayed…” We’ve recently covered one of our 5 loves – God’s Word and Prayer. Do you take advantage of the awesome opportunity we have to communicate with God?

PP: What difficult situations are “taunting” you today? What problems do you face? Are you struggling with them under your own power or have you come before the God who works through prayer? Bring him your specific situations today and cry out for him to act.

Additional readings: Luke 23:1-12; Hebrews 8:7-13; Proverbs 25:1-14

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

Read Isaiah 40-41

TAI: Approach Isaiah 40 with the command given at the end of Isaiah 40:9 – “Behold your God!” Isaiah 40 gives an incredible picture of God. Take some time to worship based on these verses. After that, ask yourself how these verses should matter to your life on this day?

PP: Worship during your prayer time today! Praise God for His might and His shepherding and the other characteristics and actions you see in this passage.

Additional Readings: Luke 23:13-25; Hebrews 9:1-10; Proverbs 25:15-28

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

Read Isaiah 42-43

TAI: The first part of Isaiah 42 is known as one of the “Servant Songs” in Isaiah; there a few more coming in future chapters. The ultimate fulfillment of this servant will be Jesus. What parts of this passage point to Jesus and His work on earth? Moving on to Isaiah 43, what does verse 7 say about why God created people? God doesn’t need people so that He can be glorious, so what is verse 7 getting at? I think verse 21 gives us some indication – how does that verse connect to verse 7?

PP: We should be praising God! What praise do you have to offer Him today to declare His glory?

Additional Readings: Luke 23:26-31; Hebrews 9:11-28; Proverbs 26:1-16

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

Read Isaiah 44

TAI: Verses 6-8 of Isaiah 44 stand in contrast to verses 9-20. The first three ask who is like God? There is no other god like Him! But, in the next section we see the foolishness of manmade idols. They’re finite and dependent. Where have ‘idols’ crept into your life? If they have, repent. God will blot out your transgressions like he did for Israel (verse 22).

PP: Repent for the idols in your life. Express your gratitude for His forgiveness. Praise Him that there is no other god like Him!

Additional Readings: Luke 23:32-37; Hebrews 10:1-18; Proverbs 26:17-28

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

Read Isaiah 45

TAI: New Testament authors reference Isaiah in numerous places. One example is in Philippians 2:9-11 where Paul says that “at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow … and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord…” This is a connection to Isaiah 45:23. Have you seen other parts of Isaiah that have reminded you of New Testament passages? Do you see the Gospel at all in this book?

PP: The salvation of God is for everyone – all the ends of the earth as we see in verse 22. Ask that God’s message and His salvation would be carried throughout the world. Thank God for the workers that He has sent out and ask for His guidance and provision in their continued work.

Additional Readings: None

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Read Genesis 3:1-7

TAI & PP: In the overall story of the Bible and history, this is one of the main plot points. Adam and Eve ushered in the fallen, sinful state that we still live in today. However, there’s a lot more to the story! Can you give a brief summary of the story? What other key pieces are there? When you’re struggling in the sin that started with Adam and Eve, what hope have you seen in Isaiah? What does the rest of the story tell you? And, ultimately, who is that story about and what should that prompt from us? Praise God that He is at the center of history and that this part of Genesis is not where the story ends.