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 8-14
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, OCTOBER 8
Read Jeremiah 14-15
TAI: Along with prophecy of destructive armies from the north, famine and pestilence now also are predicted. What does God warn Jeremiah not to do in vv. 11-12? False prophets spread false hope and lies (vv. 13-16) and God despises them for doing so. Jeremiah still pleads with words of confession and covenant (vv. 20-22). How firm is the Lord’s resolve (v. 15:1)? “The die had been cast; the people had to be delivered into the hands of Babylon and go into captivity” (Dr. John Sailhamer). Rebellion carries consequences.
PP: History is full of examples of civilizations and nations falling into destruction because of rebellion against God’s moral and spiritual law. Admit to God that our nation too is in the throes of rebellion. Pray for revival in the church, spiritual awakening in the land, and a great turning to Jesus Christ. Thank God for the gift of his Son to be our Savior, fulfilling his covenant promise. Ask God to protect us from false hope and false teachers through faithfulness to his word, the Bible. Thank God for the sure and everlasting hope we have in Christ and for his promise of an eternal city and country to come.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9
Read Jeremiah 16-18
TAI: More dreadful promise of judgement. What sin brought this about? Write a summary here of vv. 11-12:
Yet still, a glimmer of grace! (vv.14-15) Note the contrast—17:5-6 with vv.7-8. Memorize vv.9-10. In chapter 18, what is Jeremiah communicating with the illustration of the Potter and the wheel? Do the people heed this warning and repent? They do not (18:12). They respond with a plot against Jeremiah, the Lord’s messenger. Sad!
PP: Pray line-by-line, with meditation and personal reflection, through 17:5-10 and 14. Express to God the deep desires of your heart. Then also pray through the “potter” verses in ch. 18, asking God to shape your life according to his will and purpose. Pray this for your loved ones and our church as well. Remember the hymn of prayer, “Have Thine Own Way, Lord”? “Thou art the Potter, I am the clay. Mold me and make me, after thy will, while I am waiting, yielded and still.” Pray for our worship pastor search team.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10
Read Jeremiah 19-22
TAI: What is the point of the object lesson when Jeremiah delivers a message and then punctuates it by breaking an earthenware flask? After the prophet is persecuted by Pashhur, what is the message he delivers? How does Jeremiah feel about his birthday? In 21:5, what a heartrending message to hear from the Lord: “I myself will fight against you.” O that we would NEVER hear such a message! Let us only and always TRUST IN THE LORD! Ponder the picture of justice from 22:3. Grieve the shedding of “innocent blood” in abortion. Ponder also vv. 8-9, the high cost of forsaking the covenant.
PP: Using verse 22:3, pray for justice in our land and world. Ask God to move mightily to restore justice by his Spirit. Pray for justice in our courts and government; grieve the prevalence of unrighteous and unholy leadership. Pray about the shedding of innocent blood.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11
Read Jeremiah 23-25
TAI: Just when this book seems to be nothing but bleakness, along come rays of hope—vv. 3-4 a regathering of the remnant, and vv.5-6 a righteous branch! Who is this promised Righteous Branch? Alas, the text then returns to the lies of the false prophets, who give false hope and insure the coming destruction. What is the point of the vision of two baskets of figs? Chapter 25 has been referred to as a turning point in Jeremiah. Why? What does God promise?
PP: Pray a prayer of praise to God that in Jesus Christ he has raised up the promised Righteous Branch! Ask God to give you discernment concerning false teachers who lead people away from truth and the gospel. Rejoice that just as there was a “term limit” on Babylon’s rule over Judah, so there will be a time limit on this present age, and soon a new age of everlasting peace and joy in the new heaven and earth!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12
Read Jeremiah 26-29
TAI: When Jeremiah speaks God’s truth, how do the people respond? What prevents Jeremiah from suffering the same fate as Uriah? What difficult message did Jeremiah have to deliver to God’s people in ch. 27? What lies were false teachers declaring to them? Who becomes the embodiment of false prophecy in ch. 28? What happens to him? Ponder v. 15, trusting in a lie. Have you ever put your trust in a lie? Jeremiah 29:11-13 is a favorite and often quoted passage. What is the context of it? Do you now understand it better? How does it apply to our lives today?
PP: The future and hope God had for Judah was a return after 70 years in Babylon, but even more, an eternal hope through the Messiah and Savior, Jesus! He is our future and hope! Thank God for Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Ask God to help you discern lies and never trust in them. Ask God to help you know and love the truth—biblical, gospel truth—and especially Jesus, the Way, Truth, and life.
Pray for missionaries telling the world about Jesus the Truth!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13
Read Jeremiah 30-31
TAI: Though judgement cannot be avoided at this point, the Father promises to turn things around and restore his people. There is hope for a return to the homeland, and hope for a day of evident blessing—mourning turned into dancing! Most of all, there is a promise and hope for a New Covenant. What will characterize the new covenant (31:31ff)?
How do we experience this fulfilled promise today?
PP: Rejoice in the New Covenant blessing we have experienced in Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God for the cross and the empty tomb and the hope of Christ’s second coming. Thank God for forgiveness of sins and salvation through faith in Jesus. Pray for our children and youth to come to know Jesus Christ, to trust him with their whole heart and life, and walk with him as a disciple, filled with the Holy Spirit.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14
Read Mark 2:13-17
TAI & PP: What does Jesus mean by the statement, “Those who are well have no need of a physician”? How did the call of Levi (Matthew) speak volumes about Jesus? What was Levi’s career and what was troubling about it? Why would Jesus eat with such sinners? What lesson ought we to learn from Jesus in that regard?
When did you first figure out that you are “sick” and in need of the Great Physician? Who was the last person you told about how Jesus “cured” your need for forgiveness and new life?
Pray for opportunities to tell others what Jesus Christ has done for you. Pray for those in your sphere of influence who need to know Christ as Lord and Savior. Pray for our ministry on the west side of Sioux Falls, that many who are lost would be found by Jesus! Pray for Pastors Jayson and Dana as they preach this great truth today.