Bible Readings: July 30-August 4

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 Jul 30-Aug 5

Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points

MONDAY, JULY 30

Read 2 Thessalonians 3:14-18

TAI: What is the warning(1), the command(2), and the response(3) in verse 14? Consider the undeniable connection between obedience and shame. Consider also the manner of the warning (vs 15). Keep in mind that this is a warning between a church body and one who is in the body but not in obedience with the words of this epistle. When a member of a church is living in disobedience and has been warned, seldom is there peace between both parties. How fitting is it that Paul calls on the Lord of Peace himself, that He may give peace to the church at Thessalonica right after a command such as this (vs 16). Paul concludes this book with a wonderful benediction. “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.”

PP: Shame is a God-given emotion of the heart. Here Paul calls on it that it might turn one back to obedience to the words of this epistle. Though unpleasant shame is a good thing for us when it motivates us to obey God. Pray that you will obey God’s Word. Pray for peace and unity in our church as we launch Faith Baptist West. And meditate on “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ” and pray that it would be with the church of Faith Baptist Fellowship.

Additional readings: Luke 12:35-48; Psalm 149; 2 Chronicles 30-33

TUESDAY, JULY 31

Read Ezra 1

TAI: The book of Ezra was written at the time of the Persian Empire under the command of King Cyrus. Go back and read Jeremiah 25, and 32:26-41. How did the Israelites get to where they are in Ezra? What is the decree that King Cyrus gives? How many times is God mentioned in this decree? What is the response of the Jews? Finish reading Jeremiah 32:42-44. What does the Lord promise the Jews in these verses?

PP: The reason for the decree made by King Cyrus was so that the Jews could go back and build the temple that they might have a place to worship the Lord. Even though God had sent the Israelites through exile, He would also bring them out that they might worship Him. Give thanks to God, that He is faithful. Think of ways that God has been faithful to you and ponder why God is worthy of our worship. Worship Him now by praying and affirming His greatness.

Additional readings: Luke 12:49-59; Psalm 150; 2 Chronicles 34-36

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1

Read Ezra 2

TAI: This chapter is the documentation of who went back to Judah and Jerusalem (vs 1). At the end of the documentation Ezra records the heads of households giving each according to their ability for the construction of the temple. Again, the theme of faithfulness is displayed by God. This time he provides funds for the construction of the temple and the people get to be a part of it!

PP: Pray for God’s faithfulness in our Stepping Forward Campaign and for the start and growth of Faith West. If you have not considered Stepping Forward yet or have considered but have not given, pray about it now, ask for the Spirit to guide you and lead you in giving to the Lord.

Additional Readings: Luke 13:1-9; 1 Timothy 1:1-11; Proverbs 1

THURSDAY, AUGUST 2

Read Ezra 3

TAI: If you were an exile at this time sent back to rebuild the temple, why would you build the altar first? What were some of the things the Jews did to worship the Lord in verse 1-7? Imagine a stadium full of fans cheering on there respective teams. When a big play happens, the stadium erupts with noise that can be heard from a great distance. This is, in a sense, what happened at the end of chapter 3.  The foundation was now laid for the house of worship, and the people shouted with a great shout. What is the motivation for this great shout?  Why were the old men weeping?

PP:  What are different ways you can worship God throughout the week? Pray for the worship services this Sunday, that we would be moved with joy in worshiping our Creator. Pray for the West Campus as the foundation and building have now been made complete and will be worshiping there soon. Pray for Pastor Jayson and his family and for all the people who will be worshiping there, that God would be blessed and honored by our worship.

Additional Readings: Luke 13:10-21; 1 Timothy 1:12-20; Proverbs 2

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3

Read Ezra 4-5

TAI: How would you describe the adversaries of Judah in these two chapters? Why did the adversaries of Judah “frustrate” their purpose? Take note of the Jews response in 5:11-16. Reread verse 12. Much is made of God’s love today that often His other emotions are forgot about. Do you think we can anger God today? What are some things that make God angry?

PP: How do you deal with “difficult or frustrating” people? Pray that God would give grace to you in moments when dealing with unreasonable people. Pray that you can live out the gospel in those moments. One thing that angers God is repetitive sin with no repentance, which was the case with the older generations of Israel mentioned in vs 12. Pray that your heart would never become hardened to sin, that your heart would be soft and repentant with humility for sinning against our Creator.

Additional Readings:  Luke 13:22-35; 1 Timothy 2; Proverbs 3

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4

Read Ezra 6

TAI: Chapter 6 records the completion of the building of the temple with the help of the Persian King Darius. Look back and see all the times he mentions God’s name in this decree. Towards the end of the chapter the Passover is once again celebrated. Why did the Jews celebrate the Passover? What is its significance? Why was there joy?

PP: In this chapter the house of worship was rebuilt and God’s faithfulness is realized. Think of the times that God has been faithful to you after a season of frustration or sadness. If you have a hymn book or know it from memory, now might be a good time to sing Great is Thy Faithfulness, in a response of humble admiration for his faithfulness. Pray for God’s faithfulness in our church’s commitment to the gospel. That we would always keep that the focus of our ministries and that we would never stray away from it.

Additional Readings: Luke 14:1-14; 1 Timothy 3:1-10; Proverbs 4

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5

Read Hebrews 12:18-29

TAI & PP: A Kingdom that cannot be shaken. This is perhaps one of the richest passages in the book of Hebrews. In vs 20-21 the author is referencing Exodus 19. Read Exodus 19 and consider some of the similarities between these two passages. Grab a pen and pad of paper and write down all the things you notice these passages speak about God. When you’ve completed your list, go through them and pray them back to God expressing your humility and His greatness, your wickedness and His righteousness, your sinfulness and His holiness. Thank Him for the gospel and for sending Jesus as a mediator between us and God which is the new covenant. Praise and worship Him that we who believe these things and live obediently to God’s Word because of it, will inherit a Kingdom that cannot be shaken.