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 14-20
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, OCTOBER 14
Read James 5:1-6
TAI: We are tempted to think that money will make us happy and solve our problems. How does James expose this fallacy? What are the injustices that “cry out against” oppressors? What’s wrong with living in luxury? What does James mean by a “fattened heart”? Note: there is nothing wrong with a well-earned income. It’s what we do with our money that exposes where our hearts are.
What is far better than earthly wealth? Read Matthew 6:19-21. Why is it so much better?
PP: Ask God to give you great wisdom with regard to money. Ask him to free you from the love of money (I Timothy 6:10). Ask God to give you grace to lead your employees honestly and well (if you have employees) and to treat people with kindness and integrity. Ask God to give you a generous heart that is eager to give to his kingdom work and people in need.
“Father, give me your heart so that I rule over my money and my possessions and they don’t rule me!” Thank you for supporting the ministry of Faith Baptist Fellowship.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15
Read James 5:7-12
TAI: How is your patience? Do you find it difficult to wait for the Lord to work? Are you tempted to manipulate people and circumstances? What does it mean to “establish your heart”? Rate yourself on the grumbling scale! What do you tend to grumble about? Why does it invite judgment? What attributes of God invite us to be steadfast in the face of suffering and waiting? Should we “swear on a stack of Bibles?” Why not?
PP: Ask God to increase your patience by increasing your trust in him and his plan. Ask God to fully establish your heart with faith and contentment and joy in walking with him. Do you have a grumbling problem? Confess that sin to the Lord and ask for help by the Holy Spirit. Praise God for his compassion and mercy toward you! Ask God to help you be trustworthy, a person on your word.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16
Read James 5:13-20
TAI: What did you learn about the prayers found in this section?
Of a righteous person:
Was Elijah some kind of superman of faith? How should we respond to a wandering sinner? What does that require?
PP: Pray for yourself and for others! Who is suffering or sick? Pray for them! Praise God for all reasons to be cheerful today. Sin in your life? Confess those things to God. Thank God that he hears and works as faith-filled, righteous people, people like you and me, pray. God hears the prayers of “regular Joes and Josephines” like us! Ask God for wisdom in reaching out to someone who is wandering today.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17
Read 1 Peter 1:1-9
TAI: Notice the Trinitarian aspect of the greeting—Father, Spirit, and Son. What is an apostle? Who were the elect exiles of the Dispersion? How does Peter describe our heavenly inheritance? Why is our hope a living one? How does that hope help us to endure our current trials? Warren Wiersbe: “A faith that can’t be tested can’t be trusted.” How is Christian joy “inexpressible and filled with glory”?
Are you currently enduring a trial? How can this paragraph help?
PP: Praise God for such a grand salvation: that he knew you before the foundation of the world, that his Spirit is sanctifying you, and that you have been sprinkled with the blood of Jesus Christ. Thank him for your new birth and your living hope in Christ! Tell our Father about any current trials that you are experiencing, asking for his help to obey him and an enduring hope to carry you through them (remember James 1:2-4). Express to God your joy in being his child.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18
Read 1 Peter 1:10-16
TAI: Ponder this: how did the OT prophets serve you? (That’s worth thinking about!) What has been preached to you that angels long to look into? What was the Spirit’s role in these things? Today will you obey v. 13? What will that look like? The expectation of Peter is that believers will be changed by their walk with God. What motivates us to walk in holiness?
PP: Thank God for sending his Son Jesus Christ, prophesied long ago and proclaimed in God’s great gospel message. Thank him for the Holy Spirit’s work in your salvation. Ask God for grace and faith to walk in holiness today. Ask God to give you wisdom in making choices today—the choices that will determine your character this very day. Tell God that it is your desire to “be holy as he is holy” and a witness to the life-changing power of the gospel.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19
Read 1 Peter 1:17-25
TAI: The two sentences that makes up vv. 17-21 are so rich in truth that it requires much meditation, line-by-line and phrase-by-phrase. Take time to do that now. Jot some notes in response.
How does obedience to the truth relate to love? How does the new birth relate to love? What is the imperishable word?
PP: What a rich and deeply meaningful section! One can imagine Peter laboring over every word and phrase to get it just right (inspired as he was by the Holy Spirit!). Pray through the passage, applying it to your own walk of faith in Christ. Call upon our Father for his grace and help. Rejoice in your magnificent salvation! Rejoice in the gospel word that was proclaimed to you!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20
Read Genesis 6:9-22
TAI & PP: What stood out about Noah? What are the conditions on the earth at this time? What is God’s response to these conditions? What instructions does he give Noah? What is God’s plan for Noah and his family? For living creatures?
How did Noah respond to God’s amazing instructions?
Pray for the pastors as they instruct and proclaim the word of God. Pray that we, like Noah, will respond to the instructions of God with faith and obedience! Pray for our four worship gatherings today, for the worship teams and tech teams, and for all the volunteers who make our church life possible. Let’s give our guests a warm welcome!