Bible Readings: July 1-7

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 1-7

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

MONDAY, JULY 1

Read Philippians 4:14-23

TAI: If you could describe what defines Faith Baptist Fellowship in a few words what would that be? Love? Gentleness? Gospel-centered? There are two characteristics Paul uses to describe the Philippian church here. Kindness and Generosity. Paul goes on to say that these characteristics have eternal implications (vs 17). In what ways can kindness and generosity have eternal implications? In what ways as a church member? As a church?

PP: Paul finishes by saying that God will supply every need according to His glorious riches. What great encouragement to us as believers, especially in prayer! What are some prayer requests, praises and thanksgiving from this passage we can offer up to God? That we would emit an aroma of kindness to the local community and to the world? Thanksgiving for the generosity and opportunity of the Stepping Forward Campaign? Praise that God is the great provider for every need.

Additional readings: Luke 7:1-10; Psalm 122; 2 Kings 24-25

TUESDAY, JULY 2

Read Colossians 1:1-14

TAI: There is a lovely richness to this passage as Paul pours out his heart for this church in Colossae. What are some of the words that Paul uses that give this passage its richness? If you have a notebook maybe write some of them down. When you finish writing them down, take some time to think about those words, what they mean, how they are displayed, etc. Who is the faithful minister in this passage and what was his ministry he carried out?

PP: This is a wonderful prayer passage. In your notebook, reread verses 9-14 and list all the things that Paul offers for them in prayer. This is a great blueprint for ways to pray for the universal church and for Faith Baptist Fellowship. Take some time to pray through these things on your list.

Additional readings:  Luke 7:11-17; Psalm 123-124; 1 Chronicles 1 -2

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3

Read Colossians 1:15-29

TAI: As the first half of chapter one may be one of the richest passages in Scripture, the second half me be the most majestic. If you still have your notebook, think through this passage and write down all the words that reflect and describe Christ. How does this passage shape your view of Christ? What does this passage teach about Christ? What are your thoughts on verse 21? Is Paul just describing the believers in the church at Colossae? Or does this describe all of mankind? What does it teach about mankind? Think of the contrast between Christ and man.

PP: In addition to Christ and man, there is another key point here in verses 22-23, namely the gospel. What is reconciliation and what does it mean here? What is your reaction to the truth of the gospel and can that be reflected in the way we pray? In verse 26 and 27 Paul tells us of the mystery that was hidden and has now been revealed. What is the mystery? As we move into a time of prayer remember the majesty of Christ, we who were once alienated but are now reconciled, and the hope that the revealed mystery offers.

Additional Readings:  Luke 7:18-35; Psalm 125; 1 Chronicles 3-4

THURSDAY, JULY 4

Read Colossians 2:1-7

TAI: Paul premises verse 2 with, “being knit together in love.” The reason for it is for the assurance of the understanding of Christ (the gospel). Why is love the premise for assurance of understanding? In verse 4 Paul gives a gentle warning about delusions by plausible arguments from others. In verse 7 he reaffirms them in what they have been taught. Why do you think He does this and is there any application for us from these two verses?

PP: As you think about some prayer requests from your own life, consider praying that Faith Baptist Fellowship would be a church knit together in love, and that we would have the full assurance and understanding of the gospel. That we would grow in spiritual wisdom and knowledge, and if a “plausible argument” would reach our ears we will not fall into delusion but remain firm in the faith.

Additional Readings:   Luke 7:36-50; Psalm 126; 1 Chronicles 5-6

FRIDAY, JULY 5

Read Colossians 2:8-15

TAI: List the things Paul warns against in verse 8. Can you think of what those might look like today? What are the philosophies of today, the traditions of today, etc.? Why does Paul warn against these and what are the dangers of them? Not only does Paul give a warning away from something, but He points the Colossian church to Christ.

PP: As we continue to think about Christ, re-read verses 9-15 and list all the gospel truths that come to mind. Take some time to think about them now and throughout the day/evening. This passage is a marvelous picture of the gospel. How does it move you to worship Him

Additional Readings:   Luke 8:1-15; Psalm 127; 1 Chronicles 7-9

SATURDAY, JULY 6

Read Colossians 2:16-23

TAI: If you do not live like the world, the world will pass judgement on you. In other words, people will look down on you and may revile you for your faith, for your commitment to truth and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul knows this and encourages the Colossians that this is normal. Paul mentions the specific popular worldviews of the day here and he calls them out for what they are. (vs23) They (worldviews) may have the “appearance of wisdom” but they are worthless in combating/stopping sin.

PP: There are many ways the world tries to tempt us. The worldviews of Paul’s day may be different from today, they may not be. But as the author of Ecclesiastes says, “there is nothing new under the sun.” Ultimately the way to dealing with sin in a way that lasts is by the gospel of Jesus Christ. Think about Jesus and the gospel for a few minutes. This is where your identity is if you are a Christian. If you’re not a Christian, your identity is with the world. Take time to pray through this, that you would be known in the world by your testimony and identity in Christ no matter the consequences because ultimately, it’s well worth it.

Additional Readings:  Luke 8:16-25; Psalm 128; 1 Chronicles 10-11

SUNDAY, JULY 7

Read Mark 15:1-15

TAI & PP:

Here in this passage is the greatest miscarriage of justice that has ever taken place. An unrighteous man, even a murderer, was freed from his condemnation and sentence. And a righteous man was condemned and sentenced to death. But even this is a gospel parallel of what Christ did for us. We are sinners, yet do not experience the condemnation of our sin. It was the righteous Man, Christ that bore our condemnation instead. But for Christians it’s not a miscarriage of justice. It’s a satisfaction of justice on our sin and the greatest display of grace and mercy that has ever taken place. Pray for the preparation of our hearts today to hear and think about the sermon from Pastor Dave (SC) and Nate Walter (WC) on this passage.