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 15-21
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, OCTOBER 15
Read Jeremiah 32-34
TAI: Just as Jerusalem is about to fall to their besieging enemy, what symbolic act does the Lord command Jeremiah to do? Why? Memorize 32:17. Nothing is too difficult for God! What is the great hope of vv. 37-40? Memorize 33:3, a promise regarding prayer. Verse 33:9 is a summary of gracious hope in the face of defeat. 33:15-16 is a great promise fulfilled by Jesus, the Righteous Branch. In Ch. 34 what promise did God relay to King Zedekiah through Jeremiah? Also, how did the people disobey God’s command? Summarize these 3 chapters in a sentence.
PP: Impending defeat, yet long-term hope: isn’t life often like that? Our long-range hope in Christ is of a new heavens and new earth, with King Jesus reigning. But in this world, we have tribulations of many kinds. Thank God for hope, with Christ our Savior and Lord reigning forever! Ask God for his present grace as you face today’s struggles and hardships. Intercede for those in your sphere of influence who are suffering today. Ask God to give them hope!
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16
Read Jeremiah 35-38
TAI: What makes Jonadab the Rechabite and his family stand out? How are they used symbolically in ch. 35? What does the Lord tell Jeremiah to dictate to Baruch? What happens when Baruch reads the content of the scroll the first time…the second time…then the third time? When you read the word of the Lord, do you take it to heart, repent, and turn to God, or do you disregard it (burn it)? NOTE: IN JEREMIAH, THE TIMELINE SKIPS BACK AND FORTH. DON’T BE TROUBLED BY THAT. KEEP READING! Jeremiah is imprisoned, then thrown into a cistern (a well). Who is protecting him? Why is he so mistreated?
PP: Thank God for the Bible. Tell him that you want to take it to heart, to repent and obey, trusting him! Ask him to give you a true and faithful heart, one that is inclined to walk daily in the obedience of faith in Christ. Ask God to give you the resolute faithfulness of a Jeremiah, who faced hardship after hardship, yet spoke the word of the Lord. This is possible “by my Spirit, says the Lord!”
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17
Read Jeremiah 39-43
TAI: Finally, the fall of Jerusalem is completed (see II Kings 25:1-12). It seems strange to us as we read that time and again the words of God’s prophet, Jeremiah, are not heeded. Why didn’t they listen? But we know that the human heart is proud and unbelieving apart from the grace of God. Zedekiah did not heed God’s warnings, and then neither did Johanan (who had defeated the murderous Ishmael). He called Jeremiah a liar and led the remnant to Egypt, contradicting the word of the Lord. Isn’t it true of us, that we know what the Bible says, yet we sin by ignoring it? The human heart is so easily deceived. Sigh.
PP: “Heavenly Father, forgive us our tendency to ignore your word. Break through our proud and self-centered hearts; instead incline our hearts to trust and obey you. May your faithfulness to Jeremiah, your servant, be an inspiration to us. Keep us from believing the lies of the world, the flesh, and the devil. We put our hope in you!”
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18
Read Jeremiah 44-46
TAI: By now the pattern should sound familiar to the reader: God declares a warning to the rebellious, idolatrous people. The people refuse to heed the warning. They love their sin too much to trust in the Lord. So, God pronounces their upcoming defeat at the hands of an enemy. Nevertheless, God saves a remnant of his people who are faithful to him, before allowing devastation to fall. Even so, God still announces that he will in the future defeat their foes and provide salvation for his people. The question for us: is it worth it to ignore God’s word? God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble.
PP: Humble yourself in prayer to God. Ask God to break your pride and defeat your self-centeredness. Show me my idols, Father, and I will forsake them! I trust in you alone. Pray for our proud and selfish nation. Ask God to pour out his Spirit upon us, bringing brokenness, contrition, humility, and hope in him alone. Pray for those in governmental authority on the federal, state, and local level.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19
Read Jeremiah 47-48
TAI: Destruction is prophesied in these two chapters against the Philistines and Moab. Notice the vivid language and turns of phrase! The poetry is striking, such as 47:3-4 for Philistia and 48:15-18 for Moab. Moab’s problem is clearly stated: their trust was misplaced (48:7) and their idol Chemosh cannot save them. They are proud to a fault (v. 29). There will be no place to hide (v. 8). Such is the pride of humanity. We trust in the wrong things and fail to realize that “success” is temporary when the Lord is not in it! In what do you trust today?
Yet for Moab there remains a glimmer of hope—v. 47!
PP: Prayerfully put your trust solely in God alone, in his divine grace and provision and help. Confess the sin of pride, both your own and that of your human race. Thank God the Father for sending Jesus to be our Suffering Servant and Savior. Our hope is in Christ alone.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20
Read Jeremiah 49
TAI: Write down a key phrase from each judgement:
Kedar and Hazor:
PP: Compared to God, the kingdoms of men are short-lived, are they not? What man builds in pride is destroyed in a relatively short span of time. Praise the God who created time and stands above it! Thank him for life and breath and every good gift. Pray for his work of mercy and grace in our own nation and world. Pray for the growth of his church in America and for the planting of new churches here and in every people group on earth. Pray for Sarah who will be commissioned November 4th to go to Thailand. Pray for S. who hopes to leave soon for an undisclosed location overseas as well.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21
Read Mark 2:18-28
TAI & PP: Why didn’t the disciples following Jesus fast? Can you explain the answer Jesus gives about the bridegroom? How about the cloth and the wineskins? What do these illustrations mean?
What do you think Jesus meant by the statement, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” Explain.
Thank God for setting aside a day of rest and worship for you! Thank him for the rest and restoration it brings the physical body, and even more for the spiritual rejuvenation worship brings to the soul!
Pray for our pastors preaching on this text today both West and South. Pray that guests would be warmly received and feel loved.