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 Sep 30-Oct 6
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
Read Isaiah 59-61
TAI: Something has come between God and his people—what is it? What are some of the evil things that the people have embraced? What makes God “wonder” (v. 59:16)? Yet there is hope (59:20—60:3)! Chapter 60 could be called The Great Reversal. How will the current course of circumstances be changed? The opening lines of ch. 61 are found in the NT; where? Who is the fulfillment of this prophecy? The Great Reversal continues.
PP: Isaiah 59 describes a current reality: sin can hinder our walk with God. Reflecting on your fellowship with God today, confess any sin that comes to mind. Ask God to renew our love for justice and righteousness in our land. Be the one to intercede for both church and society today! Ask our Father to do a Great Reversal today through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Rejoice that Jesus came to preach good news to the poor and liberty to captives!
Speaking of that, pray today for our members involved in the Grace Team Incarcerated Ministries at the jail and prison, including Director Greg Friesner.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1
Read Isaiah 62-64
TAI: Transformation, victory, and hope are themes of ch. 62 as The Great Reversal continues. What “new names” are given to Jerusalem to represent this hope? What role does prayer have in this change? Chapter 63 alternates messianic vision and victory with present-day defeat and despair: “where are your zeal and your might?” (v. 15c) Chapter 64 opens with a cry for God to come and restore order. Memorize 64:4 as a powerful truth to pray and longing of the heart to wait for God in faith. “With four similes, Isaiah laments the long-standing patterns of sin among God’s people” (ESV SB, note on 64:6).
PP: Rejoice in prayer that God is able accomplish great reversals: from our sin to righteousness, from despair to hope, from defeat to victory, from death to life. Assure God that you will always wait for him (64:4), thankful that he will act on your behalf. There is no god like our God! Pray as a watchman on the wall, asking God to renew and revive his church, spread his praise to the nations through Jesus Christ, and shepherd us until the day of Christ’s return.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2
Read Isaiah 65-66
TAI: The grand prophetic book nears completion with a great expectation: there will be judgment for some who refuse to heed the Lord and salvation for others—including the Gentiles—who align themselves with God’s plan. A visionary picture is painted of the new heavens and new earth to come—the new Jerusalem (65:17-25). Is. 66:2 tells us exactly what our posture toward God should be! In contrast, repentance-less worship is an abomination to God (vv.3-4). What is the final contrast, vv. 10-14 with 15-17?
PP: Ponder 66:2, asking yourself, “Is this my posture toward God? Humility, contrition (“showing sorrow and remorse for sin”), and trembling before the truth of God’s word?” Express this to God in earnest, sincere prayer. Ask God to break your pride and give you a contrite heart. Rejoice in your grand future in the new Jerusalem!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3
Read James 1:1-11
TAI: Why should we, according to James, count trials as a source of joy? What does steadfastness (as we trust God) produce in us? Verse 5 is a great promise to pray! Who is our Source of wisdom? How does double-mindedness hinder us? Verses 9-11 describe how our perceptions easily get turned upside-down. Why is that helpful to think about? Do you fall into the trap of thinking wealth makes a person happy and “successful”? Read Luke 16:19-31.
PP: Are you facing any trials or difficulties? Have you processed them by prayer? Do so now, asking our Father for steadfastness and endurance by the Holy Spirit. Ask God to help you trust him completely. Ask God for wisdom in your day-to-day responsibilities and opportunities this week. Thank God that in Jesus Christ you have the greatest Treasure in all the world! Pray for a friend or family member going through a difficult trial right now.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4
Read James 1:12-18
TAI: The theme of steadfastness in trials continues. What prize lies ahead for the one who perseveres? Is God the source of temptations when they come? Where do temptations come from? While God is not the source of temptation, he is the source of every good and perfect gift that we have received! And the Father of lights does not change! As believers, we are who we are by the will of God. Ponder a while that thought from verse 18.
PP: Tell God how much you look forward to receiving the crown of life! What a day that will be. Ask for God’s grace and fulness of the Holy Spirit to endure current trials you face. Ask God to show you his escape routes when temptation comes your way (I Cor. 10:13). Thank God for all the marvelous gifts you have received—Jesus Christ first of all! Exalt God that he is unchanging in our ever-changing world. Thank God for the gift of saving faith in Christ.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5
Read James 1:19-27
TAI: The consistently practical James offers a wise way to live: be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger. Why is anger so unhelpful? What should we get rid of? What should we gladly receive? Would you say you live this way? What is the shortcoming of hearing without doing? What is the law of liberty? What does worthless “religion” look like? Pure religion? Saving faith must make a practical difference in how we speak and how we love others and live day by day. How does your faith impact your daily living?
PP: So many helpful and practical suggestions here for our life of faith in Jesus Christ. Pray through all of them, line by line, asking God for grace and the power of his Spirit in you to walk in a manner pleasing to God and helpful to others. Express to God your desire to be more than a hearer—a doer of his word.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6
Read Genesis 4:1-26
TAI & PP: The past two Sundays we have covered The Fall (humanity into sin and rebellion toward the Creator God) and The Curse (the consequence of that rebellion) in chapter 3 of Genesis. Now ch. 4 answers the question, “How far will it go? How bad can this curse be?” by showing that in one generation a brother is murdering his brother in pride and self-centeredness. There are severe consequences to that sin; yet, God also shows grace and protection to Cain. Pray for Pastors Jayson (West) and Thomas (South) as they herald the word of God from Genesis 4. Pray that we will hear the word and heed it on this Communion Sunday.