Bible Readings: July 8-14

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 8-14

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


Read Colossians 3:1-14

TAI: Why did Paul use the imagery of being “hidden with Christ”?  What earthly things in your life do you need to put to death?  Paul lists several virtues of Christ.  Could you have guessed which one is placed above all others?

PP: Pray that you would put to death earthly things in your life and that you would put on your new self. Thank God that Jesus exemplified all the virtues of a holy lifestyle. Ask God what love, above all else, could look like in your life.

Additional readings: Luke 8:26-39; Psalm 129; 1 Chronicles 12-14


Read Colossians 3:15-25

TAI:  Is your relationship with your spouse and/or parent(s) and/or children reflective of Paul’s commands in verses 18-21? In your vocation, how are you to work? What does Paul say is your motivation?

PP: Thank God for the picture of a Christian household seen in this passage.  Pray for awareness of instances in your life that you have failed to live up to this picture. Pray that families at Faith Baptist would be strengthened and encouraged by Paul’s words.

Additional readings: Luke 8:40-56; Psalm 130-131; 1 Chronicles 15-16


Read Colossians 4:1-9

TAI: Paul commands us to live lifestyles of constant prayer.  We are to pray steadfastly.  We are to be watchful in prayer.  We are to have thanksgiving in prayer. Is prayer merely an avenue to ask God to give you things to you want?  No!  How can you make better use of your time with “outsiders”?

PP: Thank God for the ability to express yourself to Him in prayer.  Pray that you will not fall into temptation. Pray in thanksgiving.  Pray for wisdom.  Pray!  If you struggle to have intentional and intimate time with God in prayer, start today.

Additional Readings:  Luke 9:1-17; Psalm 132; 1 Chronicles 17-19


Read Colossians 4:10-18

TAI: Ponder Paul’s description of Epaphras.  Is there anyone in your life that prays intensely for you, that you may stand mature and fully assured?  Do you pray that way for anyone in your life?

PP: Thank God for the example of Epaphras.  Pray for those around you and thank God for the “prayer warriors” that you know.  Thank God for the prayer warriors in Faith Baptist that you may not know.

Additional Readings: Luke 9:18-27; Psalm 133-134; 1 Chronicles 20-22


Read 1 Thessalonians 1

TAI: Paul is confident and thankful that the Thessalonians are chosen by God for eternal life.  What does Paul mention to support his confidence?  What does it look like to be an imitator of the Lord?  Can that be said of you?

PP: Express thanksgiving to God: for His sovereignty, for His love, for His grace, for His promises, for your faith, for Faith Baptist.  Pray that you will be an imitator of the Lord and an encouragement to others as such.

Additional Readings:   Luke 9:28-36; Psalm 135; 1 Chronicles 23-25


Read 1 Thessalonians 2:1-9

TAI: Here Paul describes his ministry to the Thessalonians.  Consider some of the aspects he mentions in verses 3-8.  As you seek to share the hope that is in your heart with others, can the same things be said of you?

PP: Praise God for the humble and faithful ministry leaders and staff at Faith Baptist. Ask God to continue upholding, strengthening, and sustaining them as they serve our body and the truth.

Additional Readings:  Luke 9:37-50; Psalm 136; 1 Chronicles 26-28


Read Mark 15:16-32

TAI & PP: The suffering Savior is mocked and crucified to satisfy the crowd in the previous chapter, and more importantly to fulfill prophecy.  Consider how foolish the mockers are, knowing that they are talking about the Messiah. How often are you and I the ones mocking God by trusting His complete sovereignty, His infinite wisdom, or His perfect love? How foolish is that, knowing that we are doubting the Messiah?

Pray for the ministry leaders and volunteers at both campuses, and that the gravity of Christ’s crucifixion would grip all of those who hear the message.