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 1-7
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, OCTOBER 1
Read Jeremiah 2
TAI: The chapter begins “a lengthy indictment of the unfaithfulness of the people of Israel” (John Sailhamer). The warning from the Lord in Deuteronomy 6:10-15 has come to pass: God brought them into a fruitful, abundant land, but they forgot the Lord and began to chase after the false idols of Baal. Memorize Jer. 2:13. The choice vine planted by God has become a wild one; as a result, God has allowed enemies to defeat his people. When they then want God to save them, he asks, “Where are your gods that you made for yourself? Let them arise, if they can save you…” (v. 28).
PP: What “broken cisterns” (v. 13) tempt us to turn from trusting God to forsake him? What are the idols – the Baals – of today? Admit to God those things that beckon you to forsake him. Express your earnest desire to turn from all such things and worship and serve the Living God alone. Thank God for Jesus, for the cross, for such a great salvation, for the forgiveness of sins, for Christ’s imputed righteousness. Ask God to help you discern when things of the world draw you away from him and ask for daily grace to walk with him.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2
Read Jeremiah 3-4
TAI: Jeremiah uses the vivid imagery of “playing the whore” to describe Israel turning from God to “play the field” of idolatry. As a result, Judah followed suit, and also “committed adultery with stone and tree” (v. 9; i.e. worshipped idols). Yet God calls out to Jerusalem to repent, for he is merciful (vv. 11-14). If they will not repent, they also will suffer the bitter consequences of enemy takeover. Notice the vivid, heartfelt language used to describe God’s great anguish over his people, their future desolation and trauma, all due to sin.
PP: Pastor Dana likes to quote Olson’s Axiom #2: “Sin makes you stupid.” Certainly idolatry and rebellion had disastrous results for both Israel and Judah. And we get it, for “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” How has God shown us his great mercy? Pray a prayer of praise to God for his mercy. Thank him for offering his only begotten Son as our Savior and Redeemer. Pray for sinners to be saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (your Sacred 7).
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3
Read Jeremiah 5-6
TAI: It boils down to these three things: 1) God’s people have turned aside to idols and forsaken the way of the Lord; 2) Therefore God has determined that a mighty enemy will take them captive; 3) Even yet God has not forsaken his people. For 1) see Jeremiah 5:7-9; for 2) see 5:6 & 14-17 and 6:22-26; and for 3) see 5:10 (“make not a full end”). Study carefully 6:13-15. False prophets declare “Peace!” when truly there is no peace and God is about to bring a mighty judgement. What false teachings “heal our wounds lightly” today? Ponder that.
PP: Even in the bitterness of Jeremiah’s prophecy, 5:10 gives a glimmer of hope. Rejoice that Christ became that beacon of light, that shining ray of hope! God’s people will never be at “full end” because God made a promise and a plan and Jesus fulfills it! We get the eternal benefit. Praise God! Thank him! Ask God to move mightily by his Holy Spirit to bring hope through Christ to the nations.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4
Read Jeremiah 7-9
TAI: The problem is diagnosed: worship with no repentance, unchanged hearts (7:1-4 & 9-11). For what heart change was God looking? (7:5-7) Jesus would later quote v. 9: “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations, but you have made it a den of robbers.” What is “perpetual backsliding” (ESV, 8:5)? What is the evidence cited of their backsliding? What is Jeremiah’s emotional response to this? Memorize 9:23-24. Boast only in this—that you know the Lord our God through his Son, Jesus Christ!
PP: Worship with no repentance wasn’t just a problem then—it’s a problem now as well. When the iniquities of God’s people are detailed in these chapters, one cannot help but draw the parallel to our own country in our own day. Lies, cheating, false teachers and false worship with hearts unchanged. Like Jeremiah, we ought to weep. Pray for revival in the churches of America. Pray for a spiritual awakening, that dead bones would live again! Cry out to God for a spiritual change of atmosphere. Ask God to revive your own heart.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5
Read Jeremiah 10-11
TAI: The chapter opens with more vivid imagery contrasting the construction of idols with the true, living God (10:1-16). Chapter 11 opens with the sad truth that God’s people have continually broken their covenant with God. Chapter 11:16-17 is a striking picture of a beautiful olive tree that will be set on fire, a judgement of God upon his people for their iniquity. The chapter closes with a plot to kill Jeremiah, for the prophet’s words are not well received (i.e. “don’t shoot the messenger”).
PP: Thanks be to God that though the people of Israel and Judah broke the covenant with God, our Heavenly Father honored his promise and gave a new covenant in Christ’s blood! Thus, each month, we come to the Lord’s table and partake of communion, remembering this promise and its fulfillment in Jesus Christ. Thank God for this new covenant. Pray for our communion this Sunday.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6
Read Jeremiah 12-13
TAI: This is amazing poetry as the images flow rapidly and grab at the heart of the reader. Jeremiah wonders at God’s patience with his sinful people, then God delivers his people to their enemies; however, he has a heavy heart for doing so! God pronounces judgement on the nations who do his bidding, then promises to return them to their homelands. Back and forth the poetry swings like a pendulum! Explain the “loincloth” picture that opens ch. 13. Now explain the image of the jars of wine.
PP: The people refused to listen to God or his spokesman. How is it that you “heard” the gospel of Jesus Christ and understood it, if you were in fact “dead in your trespasses and sins”? God did it! That is God’s amazing and sovereign grace. He opens our blind eyes to let us see Jesus! He opens our ears to hear the gospel and grasp it. He gives us a new heart. Thank God for his regenerating work of grace in you. Thank him for your new heart—assuming you are born again. Ask God to speak through you to present the gospel to others.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7
Read Mark 2:1-12
TAI & PP: In this remarkable story, who exhibits great faith? Why does Jesus respond with “your sins are forgiven” instead of “get up and walk!”? What problem did the religious lawyers have with Jesus’s words? Why did Jesus speak of himself with the title “Son of Man” here? Mark’s portrayal of the uniqueness of Jesus Christ continues, and the people express their amazement. Truly this man is the Son of God!
Pray for the pastors as they preach on this lovely account from Mark’s gospel today. Pray for the uniqueness of Christ to capture all of our hearts and minds. Whom could you tell this week about the unique God/Man who saved you from your sins? Pray for that person.