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 July 9-15
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, JULY 9
Read Colossians 3:15-25
TAI: Read verse 16 again. What does it mean to have the word of Christ dwell in you? What can you do to have his word dwell in you richly? Note that this comes before we are to undertake teaching or correcting others. Verses 18 and 19 must be read together. What do these mean for the Christian marriage of today? Do husbands still need respect from their wives and wives still need love from their husbands? Your job may not be exciting. What encouragement do you get from verses 22-24?
PP: Praise God that he is concerned about what is happening in our lives, whether that is in the church body, within the family, or in the workplace. Thank him for granting the peace of Christ in the midst of the storms of life. Ask God to grant unity within the church body and within your family. Pray for energy and the right attitude to bring to your job that you honor God with your work and that your work would give opportunity to point to Christ.
TUESDAY, JULY 10
Read Colossians 4:1-9
TAI: If God had given you a position with authority, how does verse 1 tell you to carry out that authority? List 4 or even 5 things about prayer that Paul mentions in verses 2-4. Think of people that you know that are outside of the church. How would you apply Paul’s instruction in verses 5 and 6 to speak clear truth in a such a way that it touches their needs? Paul sent the two mentioned in verses 7 and 9 to encourage the Colossians. To whom you can speak words of encouragement?
PP: Praise God that he listens to prayers and grants answers. Ask God to help you not allow your circumstances to limit you, but to remain alert to the opportunities that God will give you to declare the truth of Jesus. Pray for God to help all the people of Faith Baptist to treasure time of prayer. Ask God to continue to make Faith Baptist a place that is attractive to those needing the truth of the gospel.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11
Read Colossians 4:10-18
TAI: It is easy for us to skim over verses like these at the end of Colossians. But, what would it have it meant for the young church at Colosse to have a list of some of the people who were praying for them? How might this relate to Faith Baptist starting a west campus? Is there someone for whom you have been praying who could be encouraged if they knew that you have been praying?
PP: Praise God that he desires the people of his kingdom to be united in spite of any miles there are between. The churches listed in these verses were hungry for the letters from Paul. Pray that God would give the people of Faith a similar hunger for God’s Word. Pray for our pastors, that they would be filled with the Spirit to preach God’s Word with power, accuracy, and clarity. Have you ever been encouraged by others praying for you? If so, praise God.
THURSDAY, JULY 12
Read 1 Thessalonians 1
TAI: The example that the people of Thessalonica set in verse 3 is inspiring. What key words can you find that tell us what prompted their actions? From verse 6, who did the Thessalonians imitate? Who then imitated the Thessalonians? Who are you imitating? Who might be watching you to imitate you? What are you waiting for? How does that compare to waiting for Jesus (verse 10)?
PP: Thank God that he gave the example of Paul not only to the Thessalonians, but also to people down through the ages. Pray for wisdom and clarity on the actions you should imitate. Pray for God to guide you so that you will live in such a way that others should imitate you. Pray for each person that you know, that they would turn from idols to serving the living and true God.
FRIDAY, JULY 13
TAI: When faced with opposition it is tempting to just walk away. What did Paul and his companions do (verse 2)? What did it mean to the Thessalonians that Paul did not give up? What was Paul’s motivation (verse 4)? We cannot earn God’s love or approval, but when Jesus has freed us from slavery to sin we can act out of love for God and love for others.
PP: Praise God that in those times when he does not remove obstacles he will provide signs of encouragement, just as the Thessalonians’ reaction to Paul came after the trouble he experienced in Philippi. Ask God to encourage you and give you strength to not be discouraged when difficulties come. Pray for Faith’s leaders to bring the gospel with clarity and power, seeking only to please God.
SATURDAY, JULY 14
TAI: Some people have said that they do not need to attend church but that instead they can worship God on their own by taking a nature walk. What might they be missing from verse 12? What does it mean to walk in a manner worthy of God? From verse 13, what actions did the Thessalonians take regarding the word of God? Since they took those actions, what was the word of God doing? We usually think of God’s judgment as a future event. Is that consistent with the wrath on the Jewish leaders (verse 16)?
PP: Praise God that he is holy, righteous, and blameless. Praise him that, as our heavenly father, he seeks to encourage us and teach us to walk rightly. Pray for the people of Faith Baptist to encourage one another and others, and to live constantly aware of the presence of God. Ask God to bind Satan so that he is not able to interfere with Christians meeting together, and so he is not able to hinder the spread of the gospel.
SUNDAY, JULY 15
Read Hebrews 12:1-2
TAI & PP: Our pastors just finished leading us through Hebrews 11, the chapter filled with Biblical giants of faith. These form the great cloud of witnesses referred to in verse 1. Let these witnesses inspire you to examine your life carefully and then to ask God to show you what is weighing you down and what sin needs to be cast aside so that you can run with endurance. Trainers advise that when people are running, they should keep their heads up. Verse 2 gives the additional instruction to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. While seated at the right hand of God, he is cheering on your every step!
Pray for Faith Baptist that we will keep our eyes fixed on Jesus so that every step we take as a church will be made while focusing on Jesus and not on the hills that we are to climb.