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 17-23
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
Read Hebrews 9:1-10
TAI: Comparisons between the old covenant and the new covenant continue. (For background, read Exodus 25-26) What was the Holy Place? Where was it, and what were its contents? What was the Most Holy Place? Where was it, and what were its contents? How was the Most Holy Place unique in comparison to the Holy Place? Anticipating tomorrow’s reading (picking up at v. 11), what point is the author of Hebrews making?
PP: Jesus said, of the communion cup, when he instituted the Lord’s Supper, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” (Luke 22:20) How we rejoice and thank God for his new covenant love for us, displayed in the blood of Christ shed on the cross. Pray a prayer of thanks to God, with praise and rejoicing, for the cross of Christ. Thank God for our Great High Priest! Pray also for our loving and warm response to all the guests God has brought to our two campuses (over 50 guests joined us on the 9th for Launch Sunday!). Pray that many will find a gospel-centered church home with us at Faith West and South! Pray by name for a guest you’ve met! Pray also that children and youth would feel welcome at FBF.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
Read Hebrews 9:11-28
TAI: “But when Christ appeared…” Review yesterday’s portion, as today’s reading is a continuation of the comparison. Note the “how much more” of v. 14! What are dead works? Note also the presence of the Trinity in this key verse. Who will receive God’s promised eternal inheritance? Why is blood necessary for the promise to be fulfilled? What are the implications of once for all? How often do you reflect on being, in Jesus Christ, an heir of God’s grand and glorious promise of eternal life in his presence? How might that thinking impact your life today? Are you eagerly waiting for him?
PP: Rejoice in prayer at the how much more! Thank God for all that Christ’s blood has accomplished on your behalf, if you are a believer. Thank God for your great inheritance in Christ! Ask God to help you think and act like “a child of the King” today, one who is eagerly waiting for Jesus to come again. Pray for the members of our Kingdom Opportunities Team at Faith, and for the variety of ways we seek to make a positive difference in our community.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
Read Hebrews 10:1-18
TAI: The contrast continues with shadow vs. reality. What is the shadow? What is the shortcoming of that shadow? What then is the reality (or the better way)? How is this reality once for all? What is implied by the statement, “he sat down at the right hand of God.” What will become of Christ’s enemies? How is Christ’s sacrifice for all time? How does the Holy Spirit bear witness to us? Hallelujah! This is why we don’t bring animals to church for sacrifice!
PP: Remember Pastor Dana’s poem, and praise God in prayer:
While the priestly offerings were oft repeated
Jesus Christ arose and is now seated
His redemptive cross-work completed
Once for all. Amen!
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Read Hebrews 10:19-39
TAI: How is the ‘normal’ Christian life described in vv. 19-25? (Note: these Bible readings and prayer points are a wonderful form of drawing near!) To what do we hold fast? What excellent way to stir up one another is mentioned in v. 25? What stern warning is given in the next paragraph? Why do people think they can mock God and get away with it? What hard struggles have you suffered? What helped you endure? What would enable a suffering believer to joyfully accept the plundering of their property? No shrinking back: TRUST!
PP: Ask God to strengthen your prayer life. Intercede for a sister or brother going through a hard season and in need of endurance. How might you encourage them? If God brings to mind sin that you ought to confess, do so now. Don’t put it off! Pray for a mighty move of the Holy Spirit to revive dying churches and bring lost souls to Christ. “O God: increase my faith, strengthen my hope, and enable me to step boldly forward, refusing to shrink back.” Pray that for our church.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
Read Hebrews 11:1-16
TAI: What is faith? Memorize v. 6. Ponder its implications. How hard are you seeking God? How was faith distinctive for each:
What homeland do you seek? What country? What city?
PP: Pray this prayer often, “Father, increase my faith!” In what aspect of following Jesus and trusting him do you most struggle? Where is your confidence in God weak? Tell the Father! Call out to him. Then thank him for his promises in Christ, and for your hope, and for your future homeland, country, and city in his presence!
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Read Hebrews 11:17-31
TAI: This would be a great time to reflect on the state of your own faith. The PAST: think about the people and circumstances God used to bring you to the new birth, repenting and believing the gospel of Jesus Christ. The PRESENT: are you trusting in Jesus Christ and following him day by day, persevering in faith no matter the hardships and challenges you face? The FUTURE: hope is faith applied to the future. Are you persevering in hope, knowing that Jesus Christ is coming back, King of Kings and Lord of Lords?
PP: Pray for Christians around the world who are suffering bitter persecution for being followers of Christ. Ask God to fill them with faith-filled hope and deep joy, the kind of joy that comes from knowing who holds the future and trusting him. Ask your Heavenly Father to strengthen your faith today. “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief.” Pray for our children and youth to come to faith in Christ.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
Read Mark 1:21-34
TAI& PP: What astonished the people in the synagogue? How did the unclean spirit know that Jesus is the Holy One of God? It is always wise to remember, “Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (I John 4:4)
Jesus continues to heal and deliver the people as his fame spreads throughout the region. Mark’s story about Simon Peter’s mother-in-law is a reflection of the fact that Peter is Mark’s primary source of information in writing his gospel. Mark’s purpose here is clearly to declare the UNIQUENESS of Jesus!
Pray for the pastors as they preach on this text today in our UNIQUELY JESUS series on Mark. Thank God for his word. Ask God to help you declare the wonder of Jesus Christ to others in your sphere of influence. Pray by name for those around you who need to be saved. Pray for the continued success and growth at West Campus.