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 3-9
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
Read Hebrews 2:1-9
TAI: So great a salvation…and so great the Founder of our salvation. This is rapidly becoming one of my favorite texts in all of Scripture. “The message declared by angels” (vs 2) is the old covenant, the “received [past tense] just retribution” was the punishment for breaking the law of the Old Testament. What does the author mean when he says, “how shall we escape [present tense] if we neglect such a great salvation?” What is coming that he makes reference to escape? Who was this message/salvation first declared by? In verses 5-9, what are the things that God does for His Son? Why does God do these things for His Son?
PP: The main point of this passage is clearly the gospel, salvation to those who believe these things “first declared by The Lord” (vs 3), and the One who gives salvation. We use the word gospel all the time. Can you define the gospel in 60 seconds? Salvation is the act of saving or protecting. If you have salvation, what are you saved from? What is it you cannot escape if you neglect so great a salvation? WE hear much of God’s love these days, but rarely to hear about hell. Read through verse 9 again and go to Jesus in prayer. Thank Him for His greatness and for saving you from hell and the wrath of God.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
Read Hebrews 2:10-18
TAI: How was the Founder of our salvation made perfect through suffering? Was He not perfect already? Indeed He was perfect already, but when He took on human nature, He also took on being tempted the same way we are tempted. In sense Jesus proved His perfection by being obedient when we are not. Again we see this theme of taking on human nature in verse 17 where “He was made like His brothers in every respect…”. If you have a pen and paper, think back to yesterday when you defined the gospel, and go through these verses today and write down all the gospel truths you can find.
PP: Verse 11 is quite an amazing verse. What are your thoughts on it? Of how the King “for whom and by whom all things exist” (verse 10) identifies Himself as being our brother? Supreme Royalty, a brother to sinful wicked people like us? How does this truth affect our attitude when we pray? Again, this passage is saturated with the truths of the gospel, salvation, and the Founder of our Salvation. If you made that list of gospel truths, pray those truths back to God by prayer of humble adoration, thanks and praise.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
Read Hebrews 3
TAI: When we think of an apostle, we usually think of one of the 12 disciples. Here in verse 1, Jesus is called an apostle. What does it mean to be an apostle? And why would Jesus be called one? Why does the author compare Jesus to Moses? In verse 6 the author mentions boasting in our confidence and our hope. What is our confidence and hope?
PP: Reread verses 12 and 13. What is the warning issued? Because all of us have a sin nature, we are prone to chase after evil. Pray for humility, that you would never fall away from the living God and that your heart would never be hardened by the deceitfulness of your sin.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
Read Hebrews 4:1-11
TAI: Can you imagine what it would be like to not enter the rest of God and remain in unrest forever? Assurance is given in verse 3, those who believe enter that rest. The author then quotes Psalm 95:11. What do you think of God swearing in His wrath? In verses 6-11, the author speaks of failing to enter because of disobedience. What does it mean to strive to enter the rest of God?
PP: As we turn to prayer now consider the dreadfulness of eternal torment and unrest forever, a place where there is only sadness and anger. Then contrast that thinking with the encouragement and promise of eternal joy in the rest of God! Pray a prayer of adoration and thanksgiving for the saving grace of God and His gospel and that our hearts and minds would grow deeper in the knowledge of His truth. Recognize in prayer that God hates sin and His wrath is turned to those who refuse to believe in His glorious name and pray for those who do not know that gospel, that their eyes might be opened.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
Read Hebrews 4:12-16
TAI: What are your thoughts on conviction? We often hear that the Holy Spirit is the one who convicts us of our sin and rightly so. One of the ways He does that is by using Scripture. Here in Hebrews, the author plainly states that the word of God is sharper than any sword, can pierce the soul and discerns the thoughts and intentions of the heart. What is the point of conviction? What purpose does it serve? When was the last time you were convicted of sin? What should conviction motivate us to do?
PP: Conviction is a good thing for us. It warns us of evil doing and helps to keep us in obedience to God. Conviction is not a pleasant feeling and we often try to avoid it because of this. Take time to examine yourself and think of the sins you have committed against the Holy God of Creation over the last couple days. Pray and ask God for forgiveness of these sins. Thanks be to the Holy God of Creation that the author of Hebrews does not end there and continues on to say that we have a Great High Priest! Reread verse 14-16 and thank God for Jesus Christ and the work He did on the cross.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
Read Hebrews 5
TAI: Think about the relationship between high priest and God. A priest was nominated and affirmed by God. If there was anyone who could ever nominate or exalt himself to high priest, it was Jesus. But Jesus displays humility by obedience in being called by God the Father. The author here in verses 11-14 talks about lack of growth in his audience. Why should we desire to grow spiritually?
PP: Read verse 7 again. We have the tendency to become stoic, unemotional, and even boring in our prayers. What emotion did Jesus have when He prayed? Can you imagine the intensity with which He prayed? When was the last time you had tears and crying in your prayers? Pray for genuineness in our prayers that you would grow spiritually individually, we at FBF would grow spiritually and pray that your ears and our ears would never grow dull in hearing the great truths of God.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
Read Mark 1:1-8
TAI & PP: Today kicks off a new sermon series of the gospel of Jesus Christ according to Mark. What better book to start preaching from as we launch the west campus this morning! Pray for the start of this sermon series and for the beginning of the West Campus. Pray for growth and for the gospel going to many people on the west side. Pray for Pastor Jayson and for those serving on the west side. Today is a culmination of the growth of Faith Baptist Fellowship. Pray for God’s grace and blessing in sustaining and growing Faith Baptist in the future for many years to come. Amen