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 23-29
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
Read Isaiah 46-48
TAI: Who sustains us and gives us our next breath? For those who reject God, what does Isaiah say about the false gods they would adopt instead? When those opposed to God are doing well, they start to think that they are all-powerful. What does Isaiah say will happen? It is easy to find people who claim to be able to predict the future. How can we know that a prophecy is from God? At the end of chapter 48, what promise does God make to those who obey and what warning is given to those who reject God?
PP: Praise God that he has no equal, that there is no one like him. Thank him for bringing something new that would result in salvation for his people. Thank him for hearing when you cry out to him and that he wants to save you from your troubles. Ask God to search you and remove any resistance or stubbornness from your heart that is keeping you from responding to God. Pray for our nation, where it seems that the majority now wants to push God away and deny his existence.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Read Isaiah 49-50
TAI: How sure was Isaiah regarding God’s call on his life? Had Isaiah thought too narrowly about his calling (49:6)? How does that relate to Revelation 7:9? When trouble comes, it is easy to think that God has abandoned you. Underline the assurances you find in 49:15-16. When God takes action, what do people know (49:26)? Isaiah was clearly called by God. What difficulty did Isaiah have in spite of that call (50:6)? Who was helping Isaiah?
PP: Thank God that he cares deeply about people, desires to help them, and continues to raise up those who will speak his words. Ask God to help you move past your doubts and fears or whatever other limitations you may think you have so that you will rely on God to help you carry out whatever he calls you to do.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
Read Isaiah 51-53
TAI: List the things that Isaiah says about God’s righteousness. What are some things you can do today to pursue righteousness? What does God tell people to do in 51:17 and 52:1? Fully alert Christians are more attuned to God’s leading and ready to rejoice with singing at God’s reign. Can you list at least 5 things from the prophecy in 52:13-53:12 that were fulfilled by Jesus’ coming and suffering? Why was he pierced and crushed? What do we receive as a result?
PP: Praise God that he is righteous. Thank him that he has sent and continues to send people who bring good news. Ask him to watch over those people, particularly for our pastoral staff. If you are experiencing griefs and sorrows, turn those over to God now (53:4). Thank Jesus for taking the punishment for you.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
Read Isaiah 54-55
TAI: The sins of Israel prompted God to turn them over to their enemies (54:7-8). What promises does God make in 54:9-10, 13, 17? Sometimes in the hard times we may think that God has forgotten all about us, but he is looking at the future (54:11-12). When we live our lives as delighting in God, what can happen (55:5)? Even though God reveals to us what we need to know, what limits are there (55:8-9)? Read 55:11 again and think about what God will accomplish.
PP: Praise God that he is not limited, as humans are, but that he functions at a level we cannot grasp. Praise him that he does not act randomly but has a plan that he will accomplish. Thank him for desiring a creation that will sing and celebrate. Ask him to show you your place in that celebration. Pray for those that God has called from our congregation to go to foreign nations (55:5).
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Read Isaiah 56-57
TAI: While Isaiah was called to speak to Israel, what people on the fringe of that society receive encouragement from 56:3-8? What group, that regarded themselves as being at the top of that society, was rebuked in 56:9-12? What lesson does that have for Faith Baptist? 57:3-13 implies that people were worshiping false gods in secret. It is possible that their public actions made others think they were followers of God. What will happen to them (57:12-13)?
PP: Praise God that he is not limited by social lines but desires to bless all people. Praise him for being able to see the things people think are secret or hidden. Ask God to watch over Faith’s leaders and draw them close so that they are shepherds with understanding. Ask God to help you live consistently, 24/7, with your actions on Sunday morning.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Read Isaiah 58
TAI: Many people in Israel viewed a relationship with God as a list of rules to follow. If they observed the periods of fasting and made a public display of humbleness, then surely God would be pleased. Are there people like that today? List the examples of actions that God would regard as true acts of worship. List some actions that you can take in our modern community that would be consistent with the things Isaiah mentions. If you pour yourself out so that God will be glorified, what will God do?
PP: Praise God that he is not fooled by someone going through the motions but that he sees what is in the heart. Thank him that he desires to feed the hungry and lift up the oppressed. Ask God to show you how and where you can reach out to others in need and how you can do that so that God gets the glory. Ask God for boldness in making your needs known so that others can reach out and be God’s hand in your life.
Additional Readings: None
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
Read Genesis 3:8-24
TAI & PP: Before Adam and Eve sinned, they had no reason to be afraid. Once they sinned, what did they do? Are there times when you think you should hide from God? If so, confession is appropriate. Don’t do like Adam and Eve and try to blame someone else (3:12-13). The serpent sought to elevate himself. What was his punishment? After eating of the tree, Eve gave fruit to Adam, and he ate also. What was her punishment? Since the man did not honor the food God had provided, what was his punishment? What was the worst consequence? In spite of the sin, what kindness did God provide in verse 22?
Thank God for his desire to clothe people with the righteousness that comes from Jesus. Thank God that because of Jesus we do not need to fear God. Ask God to search you and prompt you to confess any sins that are separating you from God (1 John 1:9).