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 10-16
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
Read Hebrews 6:1-12
TAI: Paul continues to express concern regarding the development of spiritual maturity of these Jewish converts. One of the very real hazards of a person’s failure to mature is “falling away” (vs. 6). According to verses 4-6, why is this “falling away” such a danger? What are some symptoms of failed maturity? Look carefully at verse 12. Can you think of traits that might indicate a “laziness” in your Christian walk
PP: Pray that God would give you strength, patience and diligence in your daily walk with him. Even in days of discouragement and disappointment. Ask Him for wisdom as you examine your life for signs of laziness or complacency. Pray that God would open your eyes and ears to new ways of serving Him and growing in maturity and holiness.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
Read Hebrews 6:13-20
TAI: Paul continues the train of thought which he launched in vs. 12 speaking of Christ-followers inheriting God’s promise through faith and patience. In these verses he provides a real-life example with which the Jewish reader could readily identify – Abraham. Look at vs. 15. What was required of Abraham to receive God’s promise? Read vs. 17-18 again. Are you “greatly encouraged” by these verses? Why or why not? Verses 19-20 turn again to Jesus as our high priest who entered the inner sanctuary of the temple, behind the curtain on our behalf. Why is this image relevant in the mind of a Jewish convert?
PP: Praise God for His faithfulness in keeping His promises. Thank Him for providing Jesus, the eternal high priest who entered the inner sanctuary on our behalf and provided atonement for our sins. Pray for increasing faith and maturity to believe all that He promises in his Word.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
Read Hebrews 7:1-10
TAI: Paul introduces a man named Melchizedek. Are you familiar with him? He is not a prominent character in the history of the Jewish people, but this passage from Hebrews emphasizes his greatness in God’s story. Perhaps you would like to read Genesis 14 to get a bit of additional context. Paul tells us in vs. 6:20 that Jesus became a high priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. Reading vs 7:1-10 can you identify some of the parallel characteristics of Jesus and Melchizedek? According to this passage who was greater, Abraham or Melchizedek? Why or why not?
PP: Ask God for wisdom as you ponder and meditate upon these verses. Pray that your understanding and appreciation of Jesus would increase as you read and think about His dual role as King of Righteousness and our Eternal High priest.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
Read Hebrews 7:11-28
TAI: From what tribe did Jewish priests descend throughout the history of Israel? How did Melchizedek become a high priest? What was his ancestry? According to vs. 16 what was the basis for Melchizedek’s priesthood? In vs. 18 Paul declares that the former regulation regarding priesthood has been set aside. Read vs. 20-28. Why is the new order so much better than the old?
PP: Thank God that Jesus is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for us (vs. 25). God has sealed Jesus’ priesthood with an oath and he is the guarantee of a better covenant. Pray for your unsaved neighbors, friends, coworkers and family today.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
Read Hebrews 8:1-6
TAI: Paul continues with the contrast between Jesus’ eternal high priesthood and the Jewish high priesthood established by the old covenant. Can you imagine the glory of the true tabernacle in heaven at which Jesus himself serves as high priest? Can you describe the similarities and differences between the heavenly sanctuary and its earthly counterpart? See Exodus 25 – 30 for a detailed description of God’s direction to Moses for the building of the earthly tabernacle. Why was it necessary for Moses to be precise in following God’s pattern exactly as He had given it?
PP: Give God praise that He has provided us the way to approach a holy God and find forgiveness. Give thanks that we are the beneficiaries of a new and better covenant because we have a better high priest in Jesus.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
Read Hebrews 8:7-13
TAI: Paul quotes here from Jer 31:31-34. Verse 8 declares that God found fault with the people under the old covenant. What was wrong with the old covenant? What are the advantages of the new covenant that God has established? Under the old covenant it was the responsibility of the priest to intercede between man and God. According to this passage, how is that relationship changed under the new covenant? In light of this new and better relationship, can you understand Paul’s desire that we mature in our faith?
PP: Pray that God would deepen your desire to know him. Claim the wonderful promise of vs. 12 which states that He will forgive our wickedness and will remember our sins no more. Pray for the ministry that will take place tomorrow at both our South campus and our new West campus. Ask God to reveal Himself through our worship and teaching.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Read Mark 1:9-20
TAI & PP: Mark briefly describes Jesus baptism, his temptation in the desert and the calling of the first of his disciples. We have the advantage of looking back, reading about these events and pondering their significance. Imagine how you might react if Jesus approached you at the Sea of Galilee and said, “follow me”. In reality, Jesus has called you to follow him. How are you responding?