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 28-Nov 3
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, OCTOBER 28
Read 1 Peter 4:1-11 Today we pray for an end to abortion.
TAI: “Since” refers back to the final paragraph of ch. 3, Christ’s sufferings for our sins. Peter says that the believers’ suffering should motivate holy and righteous living. Why? What kind of life should believers leave behind? With judgment coming (echoes of the Flood narrative of Genesis!), and suffering the Christ, what kind of focus ought Christians to have? How are life in the Spirit and loving one another companions? Love and hospitality? What are your spiritual gifts? How do you use them for the building up of the body of Christ? Why should we serve “in the strength that God supplies”? Who gets the glory?
PP: With so many disturbing things happening in our nation and our world today, with so many believers suffering for Christ’s sake, it’s healthy for us to read this passage and PRAY! Pray for suffering Christians around the world. Pray that we walk by the Spirit and love one another! Ask God to help you serve others with your spiritual gifting. Tell God how much you desire that through your daily walk with Jesus, he receive all the glory, honor, and praise.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29
Read 1 Peter 4:12-19
TAI: Why shouldn’t Christians be surprised when they suffer trials? In fact, we should expect them, and even rejoice! Why? Have you been insulted for being a Christ-follower? Did you consider it a blessing? Did you glorify God on that occasion? Imagine yourself living in Peter’s day, in a time of great persecution of believers, and reading Peter’s words. How would they impact you? Memorize and take to heart v. 19. Ponder the parallels with our study of Genesis.
PP: Ask God to give you a wise and biblical viewpoint when you face trials and suffering for following Jesus Christ. Express your desire to rejoice that you have been counted worthy to suffer for him. Call upon the Father for suffering believers in hard places around the world, asking God to give them great faith and hope and joy. Ask God to help you (and our church) live wisely in our evil day, ready for the coming judgment, doing good and trusting our Faithful Creator.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30
Read 1 Peter 5:1-7
TAI: What are some good and healthy ways elders should shepherd the church? What are some harmful ways they might lead? Who is the Chief Shepherd? Do you live in hope of receiving the unfading crown? What does wise “followership” look like? What does it look like to clothe yourself in humility? Why is it wise to choose humility? Do you pray about the things that cause you anxiety?
PP: Take some moments to jot down a few things that raise your anxiety level. Then cast those cares upon the Father! He cares for you! Pray for our elders to lead in a godly and humble manner. Praise the Lord Jesus who is our Chief Shepherd! Thank God for his future grace and the promise of receiving the unfading crown of life. Ask God to help you be a humble, wise, and godly follower of Christ in the church and in the world. Pray for our Wed night ministries.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31
Read 1 Peter 5:8-14
TAI: Why do believers need to be sober-minded and watchful? Who is our adversary? What makes him dangerous? How should we respond to the danger? Suffering is for a time, but then God himself will—ponder these strategic words—restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. What is unique about each word? How does this grand promise build your hope for the future? What insights can you glean from the closing of the letter (vv. 12-14)?
PP: There is so much here to pray! Pray through this passage, line by line and phrase by phrase, even word by word at times, applying all of it to your own walk with Christ. Let praying this Scripture nourish your faith, strengthen your hope, and build your confidence in facing the future as a child of God. On this Halloween day, pray for the protection of children from any harm or danger.
Additional Readings: John 7:25-36; Song of Solom. 8:8-14; Lament. 4-5
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1
Read Ezekiel 1-3
TAI: Ezekiel is God’s spokesman, prophesying in the days of Israel’s exile to Babylon. A rebellious nation had turned from the Lord, and tragedy resulted. “The primary purpose of Ezekiel’s message was to restore God’s glory before Israel” (ESV intro). How is the glory of God revealed in the vision of chapter 1? Why does God have Ezekiel eat the scroll in chapter 2-3? What does it taste like? What is God’s instruction then to Ezekiel? What role does the Spirit of God have in the mission of Ezekiel? How does this parallel the role of the Holy Spirit in our own walk with God? Are we God’s spokespersons today? What is our message to a rebellious world?
PP: From the rich imagery of the opening chapter, pray a prayer of praise to God for his grand glory. Thank God for his word and that by reading and reflection we are able to “eat it” today and pray it back to him. Ask God to fill you with his Holy Spirit. Ask him to help you speak to those around you the good news of the gospel.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2
Read Ezekiel 4-8
TAI: In the Genesis narrative of Noah, the Ark, and the flood, we see God’s judgment against rebellion. So also, in our recent reading of I Peter, the promise of a coming judgement. Ezekiel presents another type of judgment narrative. Jot a sentence summarizing the message of each chapter here:
Ch. 4 –
Ch. 5 –
Ch. 6 –
Ch. 7 –
Ch. 8 –
What is your personal response to these vivid descriptions?
PP: Ask God for grace and the power of the Spirit to walk in a manner worthy of your calling in Christ today. Express to God your desire to be faithful in the midst of a rebellious and faithless generation. Ask God to protect you today from spiritual harm, and to show you how you can encourage others to stand fast in their walk with Christ.
Simply respond to the Father in any way that these vivid and challenging chapters have spoken to you!
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3
Read Genesis 8:1-22
TAI & PP: When Noah and his family disembarked from the Ark, what did Noah do? What does this explain about God’s instruction to take 7 pairs of the clean animals and birds in Ch. 7? Why was this act of worship a “pleasing aroma” to God? What promise does God make in response to this? What are the implications of that promise for us today?
On this Sunday, ask God to make your worship today a pleasing aroma to him! Thank him for his promise to never “destroy all” again. Pray for the pastors preaching on this text today at both campuses. On this Communion Sunday, examine your heart and prepare your mind for the Lord’s Supper.