Faith Bible Readings 2018
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.
Our plan for 2018 will be taken from the Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan. 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.
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. Select a quiet place and consistent time to read and pray.
Download PDF: Faith Bible Readings 2018 Oct 22-28
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, OCTOBER 22
Read Jeremiah 50
TAI: Now the tables turn as God sets his sights on Babylon. That great land was a tool in the hand of God to judge his wayward people, but now Jeremiah prophesies its demise, which came by Persia in 539 B.C. Why? Verse 14 makes clear, “She has sinned against the Lord.” God has a plan to pardon and purify his people Israel and Judah (v. 20). Woe to those upon whom God sets his wrath (v. 25). Woe to all who defy the Lord (v. 29). Pride is a sin that always leads to defeat (vv. 29-32).
PP: “God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourself now in prayer to the Lord. Pride and prayer cannot go together. Why? Reflect on the struggle of pride in your own heart. Confess any known pride. Ask God for cleansing. Thank God for the blood of Christ which washes away our sinful pride.
Ask God to pour out his Holy Spirit on our nation. Ask God to break our pride and give us instead humility and contrition. Pray for our leaders to be humble servants who rely on God and seek his wisdom and leading in all circumstances. Revive our hearts O God!
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23
Read Jeremiah 51
TAI: This chapter continues the pronouncement of judgement upon Babylon and whispers of hope for God’s people (vv. 5-6). Who will be God’s instrument in taking down Babylon? Jeremiah exalts God in contrast to man-made idols (vv.15-19). As you read line after line, reflect on the reality that nations rage and kingdoms bluster, but in the end, it is God who rules and reigns and judges (vv. 55-56). What was Seraiah to do with this prophecy in Babylon?
PP: Read Psalm 2. Here the raging of the nations and the coming of the Son of God are linked. Human nations are temporary and in the hand of God; the Messiah will reign forever! “Kiss the Son” i.e. put your faith and trust in him, for he alone is worthy. Thank God for Jesus His Son. Express to God your trust in him. Thank God for his divine purpose and plans that exceed the plans of men and thank him for securing your forever future in Jesus Christ. Commit your day to the Lord and ask for his grace and favor in all you have planned.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24
Read Jeremiah 52
TAI: The book closes now with two narratives taken from 2 Kings. The first recounts the fall of Jerusalem, taken from 2 Kings 24-25. Dr. John Sailhamer writes, “Even though Babylon was an instrument of judgement in God’s hand, they had wantonly destroyed Jerusalem and God’s temple, and thus God was raising up the Medes to punish them.” The second records God’s faithful hand in restoring the leadership of Jehoiachin, indicating that God was not yet finished with Jerusalem and his people. There is hope of redemption!
PP: In the darkness of our world today, and the tensions wracking our own nation, it is tempting to lose hope. No! We must not lose hope, because our God is in control! He has sent his Son as our hope and Redeemer. Nothing is too difficult for God! Pray a prayer of hope and thanksgiving. Thank God for his Son. Pray about your greatest personal concerns. Bring your fears to the Father! He will hear you.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25
Read Lamentations 1
TAI: This book puts harsh poetic flesh on the fall of Jerusalem at the hands of Babylon (the book of Jeremiah, just read). If you find these laments difficult to grasp, reading now just after Jeremiah will help you make sense of the poetry. It expresses great agony and anguish at the ravages of war and defeat yet also with understanding that rebellion against the word of the Lord was the real problem (v. 18). Hunger, separation, death, aloneness: judgement isn’t pretty.
PP: Life can be very harsh. Circumstances can leave us feeling very alone and wounded. Thankfully, Scripture does not ignore this reality. From the imprecatory Psalms to this poem, Lamentations, the pain of life is not ignored. Thankfully, we have read the end of the book, and know that Jesus will triumph. Holding on to the hope of Jesus and his gospel while enduring hardship is part of the journey of faith. Tell God what pains you; ask for grace to sustain you. Express your hope in Jesus and confidence in God’s goodness.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26
Read Lamentations 2
TAI: Who is the enemy of Israel? Is it Babylon? No, it is the Lord himself (see. v. 5). False prophets spoke lies to the people rather than the word of God, stealing any opportunity to repent and be restored (v. 14). There is so little to eat that mothers contemplate eating their babies (v. 20), the priests and young people lie dead from the enemy sword or have been taken captive; it is a day of humiliating, utter defeat. Can we even imagine such a day?
PP: “Heavenly Father: when I read these lines, I cannot even imagine the level of brokenness, the pain and suffering. How did they endure it? How do I respond? I put my trust in you, O Lord. I put my hope on Christ alone—not human government, nor success, nor my bank account—only in Jesus Christ my Savior and Redeemer. In these days of strife and pain my confidence is in you alone, my God. Amen.”
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
Read Lamentations 3
TAI: This acrostic lament is unique to the book because at the strategic heart of it a beam of light and hope shines forth. Just when “my teeth grind on gravel” and “my soul is bereft of peace” the grace of God shines forth (vv. 21ff.). What attributes of God are mentioned here? Why do those attributes give hope to the reader? How does this picture of God’s faithfulness give us hope in the midst of our own struggles and pain? What familiar hymns/songs come to mind? Do you find it hard to “wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord” (v. 26)?
PP: Why not sing right now (or hum anyway!) the hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” or the chorus “The Steadfast Love of the Lord Never Ceases.” Ponder the beauty of grace, that God’s mercy is new every morning and his faithfulness is great. Pray a prayer of praise to God for these remarkable attributes of his divine character! Thank him for his goodness to you in granting salvation through Christ. Pray for a friend or family member who feels “bereft of peace.”
Additional Readings: No extra readings today.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28
Read Mark 3:1-21
TAI & PP: A remarkable picture of Jesus—he is an amazing healer, Lord over demonic powers, leader and teacher—he is the Son of God! What a sensation he was throughout the region, so much so that a boat was needed to keep the crowd from crushing him. Ponder the list of the twelve chosen to be his disciples. What do you notice as you reflect on this group? How did the family of Jesus respond to the situation?
It seems like most days we say something like “thank God for Jesus” in these Prayer Points. But well we should! We ought to thank God for sending his Son to be our Savior every day! Praise God for Jesus, for his healing and transforming power, for his ministry on earth and his willingness to die in our place. Praise the Risen Christ!