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 Sep 24-30
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Read Hebrews 11:32-40
TAI: Dave Vilhauer made two astute observations on this passage last July: the group mentioned here had humble beginnings, and they were not perfect. (See I Cor. 1:26-29) Yet God in his grace gave them victories! Though they did not yet see the final outcome, we see it through the hope of the gospel, and in the meantime, we persevere: in persecution, in death, and in deprivation (also Dave Vilhauer). Our current world scene may tempt us to give up and lose hope, but the promise of God fuels our confident hope in Jesus.
PP: Pray for Christians who face harsh circumstances for their faith today (persecution, death, deprivation). Ask God to give them gospel fuel to HOPE in Christ through his promises. Like the saints of old, we are imperfect, so we confess our sin to him, and look to the cross of Christ. Thank God for victories in our day to day life of faith! What aspect of life is troubling for you right now? Pray about it! Tell God what you need, and how much you desire his help. Cast all your cares upon him, for he cares for you! Do not be downcast, but trust in God, the maker of heaven and earth.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
Read Hebrews 12:1-13
TAI: Who are the “great cloud of witnesses” mentioned here? In July, preaching on this passage, Pastor Jayson talked about “running lean.” What did he mean by that? What joy could there possibly have been in enduring the awful pain and suffering of the cross? Is there a lesson in that for us, as we face life’s hardships and pain? Where is Jesus now, today? Whom does God discipline? Why? What fruit does it yield? Can you think of an example of this from your own life?
PP: Thank the Father for those witnesses who have gone before, trusting God. Ask God again to strengthen your faith. Are sinful habits tripping up your gospel run? Confess them to God. Ask him to set you free from sin and allow you to run with endurance! Jesus endured the pain of the cross for you, so praise and thank God for that grace. Ask God to give you joy in following Jesus, deep joy, even in the toughest times. Thank God for his fatherly discipline.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
Read Hebrews 12:14-29
TAI: Something to ponder: is there any ‘root of bitterness’ in your life? Is it ever too late to repent? Picture One: the past on Mt. Sinai. Review Exodus 19:9ff and 20:18-19. Picture Two: the future in Zion. Where is our eternal home? Picture Three: For the present, heed the warning concerning the judgment to come. Know the difference between what is going to be shaken and what is unshakable! How does God want us to respond to him? What does ‘acceptable worship’ look like? Is that your heart in worship?
PP: If you find any root of bitterness in your heart, admit that to God in prayer; ask him to root it out. Have you been chasing worldly, temporary things? Things that will be shaken? Tell it to God. Ask him to help you turn from those things (repent) and run to him. Thank God for your forever home in the unshakable kingdom, through Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior. Pray a prayer of worship to God, with reverence and awe. Exalt the Lord, a consuming fire!
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Read Hebrews 13:1-8
TAI: Now the writer transitions to practical implications. Do you find ‘brotherly love’ difficult? Do you practice hospitality? We rejoice that so many of our Faith members are involved in jail and prison ministry! Hallelujah. What things would defile the marital bed? Do you tend to think that “more money” would solve your problems? Why should we not think that way? Do you desire to imitate the faith of your leaders? Memorize Hebrews 1:8, meditating on it.
PP: Ask God to give you his love for those in your sphere of influence. Pray about how you might open your heart and home to someone this week. Pray for the Grace Team Jail Ministry and the Prison Lighthouse Fellowship (Greg Friesner and the Beauchamps). Do you struggle with sexual sin of any kind? Confess it to God and turn from it. Do you need to confess a love of money? Thank God for his promises to take care of your needs! Praise Jesus, ever the same!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Read Hebrews 13:9-25
TAI and PP: From Dana’s message of 8/26, PRAY FOR LEADERS WHO…
- Love God’s word, walk in it, lead with it, and also warn you about false and misleading teaching.
- Take you to the cross, the gospel of grace, and help you live a cross-centered life.
- Focus your hope on our future, eternal city.
- Delight in worship and invite you into a Christ-worshipping life.
- Are generous and love to do good.
- Pray for our leaders, remembering soberly that God will hold them to account. Pray Pray Pray! Pray without ceasing.
Ask God to help you obey and submit to these biblical and Christ-honoring leaders.
Ask God to help you be a joy to them!
Thank God for the leaders we have at Faith Baptist Fellowship.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
Read Jeremiah 1
TAI: Ponder the implications of v. 5: God’s special anointing and calling were on Jeremiah while in his mother’s womb. Does that have implications for a Christian worldview? What excuse does Jeremiah offer? How does God answer that excuse? What special assignment did God have for Jeremiah (vv. 9-10)? How do the pictures that Jeremiah “saw” further clarify his special assignment from the Lord? Despite the fact that this is a tough job to do, what promise does God make to Jeremiah to encourage him in the face of opposition?
PP: The great sin of abortion continues across America and around the world, as infants in the womb are destroyed. Admit this national sin to God and ask him to turn the heart of America from this darkness. What assignment has God given you? (Indicators might be spiritual gifts he has given, unique opportunities he has opened to you, or an office you might hold.) Pray about it. Ask God to help you and deliver you from any opposition. Pray for Pastors Dana and Jayson and all those who will teach God’s word tomorrow at Faith.
Additional Readings: No extra readings.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
Read Mark 1:35-45
TAI & PP: Is it your habit to arise early and pray? If not, what time do you set aside for prayer and fellowship with God the Father? Why did Jesus focus much of his early teaching in the synagogues? How is casting out a demon an indication of authority and power? What is leprosy? When Jesus cleansed the leper, why did he ask the man to not speak of what had happened?
Pray for the pastors as they preach on this text of Scripture today. Also pray for the leaders of the Children’s Church efforts at both campuses. Pray for God to work powerfully at both locations.
Pray about your prayer life. Ask God when and where you ought to spend time with him regularly.