Bible Readings: July 22-28

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 July 22-28

Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points


Read 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

TAI: To Be and Not to Be: Paul puts forth a power-packed recipe for Christian living. First, he calls us “To Be”. To be respectful and loving to our shepherd leaders. To be at peace with others, encouraging, helpful, and patient, yet firm when necessary. To be forgiving, generous and kind to everyone. To be joyful, prayerful and thankful in all circumstances. What does verse 18b say the reason is for doing these things? Then Paul tells us what we are “Not to Be”. Do not be a quencher of the Spirit, minimizer of biblically true prophecies or participant in evil acts. What comfort can we take as we work on our “To Be and No to Be” recipe (vv.23-24)?

PP: Ask God for the energy to faithfully work on the “To Be’s”, and the strength to resist the temptations of the “Not to Be’s”. Thank God for his faithfulness in sanctifying you and keeping you for His own. Take comfort that “He will surely do it”.

Additional readings: Luke 11:14-28; Psalm 143; 2 Chronicles 13-16


Read 2 Thessalonians 1:1-7

TAI: Growing Faith & Love in Trials: In his second letter, Paul greets the Church at Thessalonica with the grace and peace of God the Father and Jesus Christ. He takes special note of the Church’s growing in faith and love even in face of persecution and affliction. What does Paul state this perseverance is evidence of in v. 5? How do you respond to persecution or affliction in your life? Whose job is it to repay the evil doers who afflict us (v. 6)? When will that happen (v.7b)?

PP: Pray that God would give you the endurance to grow your faith in God and love for one another in spite of the trials you may experience. Thank God that he is in charge of all things and will execute His just repayment to evil doers, who have sinned against you. Praise God for his Son, Jesus Christ, who will come in His glory and will grant us relief from all our afflictions. What a wonderful Day that will be.

Additional readings:  Luke11:29-36; Psalm 144; 2 Chronicles 17-19


Read 2 Thessalonians 1:8-12

TAI: Day of Eternal Destruction: Continuing on with his message of God’s righteous judgment, Paul describes the eternal punishment received by those who don’t know God and reject the Gospel. Eternity is a very long time to be banished from the presence and glory of our Lord – it’s FOREVER! What part will believers play on this Day (v. 10)? What must we pray that God would do for us (v. 11)?

PP: Pray that God would embolden you to share the Gospel with your families, friends, those in your workplace and neighborhood so that they too may believe and be saved from the Day of Destruction. Pray for God to give you the strength and determination to complete the good works of faith he has prepared for you to do (see also Eph 2:10). Praise and thank God for his grace poured out to you through the blood of Jesus Christ.

Additional Readings:  Luke 11:37-54; Psalm 145; 2 Chronicles 20-21


Read 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

TAI: Be Not Shaken, Alarmed or Deceived: In these verses, Paul goes on to warn the Thessalonians not to be concerned if they hear that Jesus has already returned. These are only attempts to deceive the faithful. What two things does Paul say must happen before Jesus will return (v. 3)? Warren Wiersbe states – the “man of lawlessness”, also referred to as “the Antichrist,” means both “against Christ” as well as “instead of Christ. Who is the force that energizes and empowers the Antichrist” (v. 9)? What do those who are perishing refuse to do (v. 10)? What act by Jesus at his coming will put an end to the Antichrist (v. 8)?

PP: Pray that you would not be deceived by false words, signs or wonders, but put your faith in Scripture as your bedrock. Ask that God would increase your love of the Truth, that saving Gospel. Praise God for the mighty power of Jesus, who will defeat Satan with the mere puff of his breath.

Additional Readings:   Luke 12:1-12; Psalm 146; 2 Chronicles 22-24


Read 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

TAI: Beloved Stand Firm: Switching from those destined for destruction, Paul returns to comforting the Thessalonians, referring to them as the “beloved by the Lord”. What two things does Paul say saved them (v. 13)? In light of their salvation, Paul encourages them to stand firm in their faith and hold on to the instructions they were given. To whom does Paul appeal to comfort their hearts (v. 16-17a)? What two things are we able to do when we have the comfort of God empowering us (v. 17b)?

PP: Thank God for his call through the saving power of belief in the Gospel and the sanctifying work of the Spirit in your life. Thank God for our pastors who faithfully instruct us each week in the truth. In times of trial or doubt, ask Jesus Christ and God the Father to comfort your heart that you may stand firm in your faith.

Additional Readings:   Luke 12:13-21; Psalm 147; 2 Chronicles 25-27


Read 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5

TAI: Pray for Us: After encouraging them to stand firm, Paul requests the prayers of the Thessalonians. What two specific petitions does Paul ask for in verses 1-2? Who is the one who provides the protection (v.3)? Paul then pivots back once again to refocus on the Thessalonians. He states that he is confident that they will carry out the commands he has given them. Ultimately, who is the one Paul calls on to direct the Thessalonians (v.5)?

PP: Pray that God would speed the spreading of the Gospel throughout the world. Pray that those sent out with the Gospel would be protected from the evil one. Ask God to direct your heart to love him and stand steadfast in waiting for Christ’s return.

Additional Readings:  Luke 12:22-34; Psalm 148; 2 Chronicles 28-29


Read Mark 16:1-8

TAI & PP: It is now the day after the Sabbath and the third day since Jesus’ crucifixion. Considering that the women came to the tomb with spices to anoint the dead body of Jesus, his resurrection seems to be the last thing on their minds. Even when they see the stone rolled away, and an empty tomb, they still did not recall Jesus’ teachings on his future death and resurrection (see, Mark 9:30-32). Instead, they were surprised, amazed, overwhelmed and afraid. Yet, they received the Good News from the angel that Jesus was alive, and went to tell the disciples Jesus had risen! Why do you think the women didn’t recognize the signs of Jesus’ resurrection? Has there been a time in your life when you didn’t see the obvious working of God in your life? Do you ever let the weight and sorrow of life’s situations prevent you from seeing God’s love and plan for your life? Pray that God would open your eyes and mind to focus and rely on Him alone. Pray that God would use you, like the women at the tomb, to “go, tell” others about the risen Savior.