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 Oct 7-13
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, OCTOBER 7
Read James 2:1-13
TAI: From the context of the passage, what is the sin of partiality? Why is it contrary to the gospel? Why do you think the church is vulnerable to that sin? What is the “royal law”? How about the “law of liberty” – what is that? How is it that “mercy triumphs over judgment”? What ideas would you have for helping a church overcome the sin of partiality?
PP: Be thankful to God that Jesus saves every kind of person who comes to him in repentance and faith—Jew or Gentile, slave or free, rich or poor, male or female, no matter the skin color or language—for God shows no partiality toward us. Ask God to help us be a church who welcomes all and shows no partiality, a church where truly mercy triumphs over judgment. “Heavenly Father, help us be merciful as you have shown us mercy, loving to others as you have shown your great love to us through your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.”
Pray for our community to lovingly receive our friends from the International Church of Hope. Pray for Pastor Jean Claude and his elders as well as all who regularly attend our sister church.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8
Read James 2:14-26
TAI: “Faith without works is dead” is a very well-known NT saying. What do you think, from the context, James means by that? Note: he is not saying that works save us, but rather that saving faith by its very nature over time will be revealed as genuine through a changed life of doing good. What is the point James is making about the “belief” of the demons? When James uses the phrase “justified by works” is he contradicting the teaching of the Apostle Paul, that salvation is “by grace through faith and not of works” (Eph. 2:8-9)? This vital distinction takes some careful and nuanced thought!
PP: Pray that our body of believers at Faith would have a reputation for great faith—after all, that’s our name—a faith that reveals itself as genuine through our love for others, compassion, and day-to-day faithful ministry. Ask God what “works” of love he has in his plans for you today! Pray about your day, asking God to fill you with his Holy Spirit and to minister to others through you.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9
Read James 3:1-12
TAI: Why are teachers held to a stricter standard? How does James utilize the metaphors of a horse’s bit and a ship’s rudder? What is his point? While the bit and rudder are positive metaphors, the fire word picture exposes the dangers of the tongue. What does James mean when he says it is “set on fire by hell” and “full of deadly poison”? What does James say, “ought not to be”?
Rate yourself with regard to your tongue. How are you doing at controlling your tongue?
PP: Ask your Heavenly Father for his help in controlling your tongue. If you struggle with specific sins, confess that to God (lying, cursing, angry wounding words, crude talk, etc.). Thank God that through Jesus Christ we are forgiven, and that his Holy Spirit dwells in us to enable us to tame our tongues. Pray for all who teach!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10
Read James 3:13-18
TAI: What does a wise and understanding Christian do? Why is wisdom expressed best in meekness? Why is it helpful to “show” as well as “tell”? How is jealousy and selfish ambition unspiritual and even demonic? Ponder the string of words James uses to describe wisdom. How do you think you measure up to those descriptions? How can we contribute to peace?
PP: Ask God for wisdom. Ask God to help you show your Christian character through your conduct, with meekness. Ask him to fill you with his Holy Spirit. Confess any jealousy, selfish ambition, or falsehood in your life, for these sins have a destructive impact. Pray through the words used to describe wisdom, one by one. Ask God to help you be a peacemaker, for blessed are the peacemakers!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11
Read James 4:1-10
TAI: We have recently seen an increase in brutal murders in our country. According to James, where does that sin originate? How about fights and quarreling? Do you ever feel “passions at war within you”? Jesus taught his disciples to “ask and it shall be given to you” but according to James why do we sometimes not receive? What is enmity? What causes enmity with God? “Humility > pride.” Why? What hope do we have? What should we do?
PP: There is so MUCH here to pray! Wow. Simply pray through the passage, line by line, thought by thought, and as you pray, apply the words of James to your own life. “Thank you so much, Heavenly Father, that you give MORE GRACE. I rejoice that you give grace to humble people. Help me be a humble Christian.”
Our nation seems to glorify and exalt proud, boastful people. Confess this to God. Cry out to God for a movement of the Holy Spirit in our land, for spiritual awakening and revival. O God we need you!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12
Read James 4:11-17
TAI: Why would speaking evil against a brother speak evil (or judgment) against the law? What does James mean? Who is the only true lawgiver and judge? So why then is it wrong for us to pass judgment on our neighbor? Do vv. 13-14 forbid the making of plans? If not, what is James forbidding? Memorize v. 17.
PP: How casually we can speak judgmentally about others! How boastful, arrogant, and idolatrous that is. Confess that sin to God. “Father, you are the only one worthy to be Judge, for you are perfect. Keep me from speaking evil about another Christian. Help me, Father, to know what is right and then do it.” From our recent readings, continue to ask God for humility and for grace to tame your tongue.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13
Read Genesis 5:1-6:8
TAI & PP: Jot down 3 fascinating facts from the genealogy in ch. 5:
What conditions are described as ch. 6 opens? What did the Lord regret? What do you think that means? What prevented the Lord from completely wiping out humanity?
Pray for Pastors Jayson and Dana as they preach on this challenging passage. Pray for vibrant times of worship in our 4 services, and for our hearts to be primed to receive God’s word.