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 21-27
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, OCTOBER 21
Read 1 Peter 2:1-8
TAI: “So” attaches this new command to the previous teaching about the new birth. What 5 things are we to put away? How does Peter use the newborn infant illustration? Do you long for the milk of God’s word? See Ps 34:8. Jesus Christ was a living cornerstone, chosen and precious, rejected by men. How are we living stones, chosen and precious? See Isaiah 28:16. What kind of stone is Jesus for those who do not believe?
PP: Take the pure spiritual milk of God’s word now and turn it into prayer. Ask God to help you put away the five sins mentioned. Praise God for the gift of his Son as our Cornerstone, and that by his grace we are being built into a spiritual temple in Christ. Ask God to increase your longing for his word. Pray for lost people in your sphere of influence who currently find Jesus to be a stone of stumbling. Ask God to change their hearts by his great grace.
Pray earnestly for the spiritual house God is building that is Faith Baptist Fellowship. Pray for her elders and ministry teams. Pray for our fruitfulness and growth as a body. Hallelujah! Amen.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22
Read 1 Peter 2:9-17
TAI: Peter now vividly describes the church using 4 phrases. Jot down your thoughts as you think deeply about each phrase.
A Chosen Race
A Royal Priesthood
A Holy Nation
A People for God’s Own Possession
Does your life proclaim the excellencies of Christ? Does our church? How are we sojourners and exiles? How should we be different from the world? Is there a limit to believers being subject to human institutions and honoring the emperor?
PP: In a lost and broken world, pray for our testimony as the church, the people of God. Pray that we shine brightly with the excellencies of Jesus. Ask God to help us be faithful sojourners and exiles who stand out from the crowd, doing good and living in freedom through Jesus Christ. Our government is in such disarray with sin and pride—pray for those in authority—local and national officials.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23
Read 1 Peter 2:18-25
TAI: As you ponder v. 18, can you think of a parallel situation in your own life, such as an employer or local official? Has there been a time in your life when you have suffered injustice while doing good? How did you respond? In this Jesus Christ is our grand example! In whom did Jesus trust when he was treated unjustly? We look to the cross.
PP: Give praise and thanks to the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for us. Ask God for grace to endure hardship when you suffer while doing what is right, looking to Jesus. Pray for those right now who are suffering injustice for being Christ-followers. Ask for grace as you walk in Jesus’s steps.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24
Read 1 Peter 3:1-7
TAI: How would you summarize Peter’s instructions here for women who have unbelieving husbands? Is there a limit to such submission? What do you think it is? How should we apply Peter’s instructions for modesty today? Caution: these are not simple or easy questions to answer. Does Peter’s use of Sarah as an example complicate the discussion? How should Christian husbands be different? In what way are women weaker vessels? How can prayer be hindered, husbands?
PP: In our day where there is so much rampant sin, abuse, and mistreatment of people, PRAYER IS SO GREATLY NEEDED! And unhindered prayer at that. Pray for friends in unequally yoked marriages. Pray for loving, tender-hearted marriages in our church. Pray for loving, understanding husbands and respectful, godly, modest wives. HOW WE NEED GOD’S GRACE IN THIS!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25
Read 1 Peter 3:8-12
TAI: Rate yourself, and then our church, on these 5 attributes:
Unity of mind
Our flesh finds it easier to revile rather than bless. Ponder v.12 from our text, and then memorize it.
PP: His ears are open to your prayers, righteous one! What a promise. Pray through the 5 attributes listed above, asking for grace to live them for yourself and then for our church as a body. Ask God for the Holy Spirit’s indwelling help to bless rather than revile, to seek peace and not evil, to have a heart of love for others.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26
Read 1 Peter 3:13-22
TAI: The truth is, there are some people who would harm you for being zealous for good. That’s how corrupt the world is. What is Peter’s point? How do we honor Christ as holy? What should be our attitude in defending our faith? What is the reason for your hope? Jesus Christ suffered, and so we too will suffer. His suffering purchased our redemption! The “baptism” which saves is not the physical washing with water but….what? Note where Jesus is now!
PP: Pray for suffering and persecuted Christians around the world. Ask God for opportunities to speak clearly to others the reason for your hope in Christ. Tell God that it is your desire to honor Jesus Christ as holy in your life. Thank God for the suffering of Jesus that opens the way for your salvation. Thank God for the inner washing of your sins away through Christ. Ask God for the fulness of the Holy Spirit so that when you suffer for doing good, others see Jesus Christ in you. Rejoice that Jesus is at the right hand of God and coming back!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27
Read Genesis 7:1-24
TAI & PP: Read through this fascinating but sobering passage of the flood. What stands out to you as you read it? Do you notice anything that you haven’t noticed before?
Rejoice that, though there is judgment coming to the earth and all mankind, God has provided through his Son Jesus Christ a “Gospel Ark” for our rescue and our salvation!
Pray for Pastor Dana (South Campus) and Nate Walter (West Campus) as they proclaim the gospel through this classic text of Scripture. Pray that our church be an “ark” offering salvation and hope to our community and the world in the face of God’s judgment.