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 Jun 25-Jul 1
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, JUNE 25
Read 2 Kings 16-17
TAI: Ahaz becomes king in Judah and is exceedingly wicked and idolatrous, even breaking the Mosaic law by child sacrifice. Rather than seek God’s help, he turns to Assyria, and embraces their altar and idol, copying it, and desecrating the temple of the Lord. As for Israel, Hoshea’s evil reign is brief, for the nation falls to Assyria. Verses 7-23 detail the cause to this sad end and vv. 24-41 its tragic aftermath. The lesson is clear: God is patient, but not to be mocked. After so much blessing from the Lord, why would the people turn away from his ways and embrace the ways of their enemies? Ponder.
PP: “Heavenly Father, holy be your name. I praise you for your great patience—you are patient with me! I thank you for my Savior, Jesus Christ, your Son, and for daily grace to walk in his steps. Thank you for the Bible, with its revelation of your character and your ways, and its call to faith. Thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to comfort, counsel, and help me, and for his fulness in my life. Help me never turn away from you. Help me walk by the Spirit, to your honor and glory. Help me to testify of your goodness to others today.”
TUESDAY, JUNE 26
Read 2 Kings 18-19
TAI: After reading Hezekiah’s story, write brief summaries:
What stood out about the character of Hezekiah?
What threat did Hezekiah face?
To whom did Hezekiah turn for counsel, and what was the response?
What was the outcome?
What lessons did you learn from this?
PP: In the midst of the tragedy of Israel’s fall and Judah’s sin, Hezekiah suddenly appears as a fresh source of faith and hope. Godliness is great gain, in a family or in a nation. Pray about your own faithfulness to God as you trust in him. Thank God for his daily grace in your life as you walk by the Spirit. Ask God to give us godly leadership in the home, the church, and our community and nation.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27
Read 2 Kings 20-21
TAI: In a flashback to an earlier time in his reign, the text reveals that Hezekiah had been extremely ill, and the Lord healed him in answer to prayer. What amazing incident confirmed to Hezekiah that the Lord was going to heal him? What act of arrogance was a downfall to Hezekiah, revealed his pride, and led to the prophecy of Judah’s exile? Despite so much that was good in Hezekiah’s reign, he is followed by a ruler steeped in corruption. What was his name? Make a list of all of the iniquities of his reign, concluding with the shedding of much “innocent blood.” How grievous! His son Amon followed.
PP: Acknowledge in prayer that God opposes the proud, but grace to the humble. Ask God to keep your children and grandchildren in the faith. Pray by name for your “next generation.” Confess to God that our nation has shed much “innocent blood” through abortion.
THURSDAY, JUNE 28
Read 2 Kings 22-23
TAI: With what tribute does the writer introduce Josiah? What great discovery helps us understand the depths to which Judah had fallen away from the Lord? How does Josiah the righteous king respond? In light of his response, what does God promise him? NOTE: HOW IMPORTANT IS THE PUBLIC READING OF GOD’S WORD? What reforms are introduced by Josiah in light of the reading of the Book of the Covenant? How does Josiah stand in stark contrast to the Kings of Israel and Judah who came before him? Nevertheless, it is, sadly, too late to save Judah from the same fate as Israel. God had had enough.
PP: Ask God to do a great work of reform and revival in the churches today, both here in America and around the world. Ask God to move by his Spirit so that his people walk boldly in the obedience of faith in Jesus Christ, walking in his steps. Ask God to cleanse our land of its sin and rebellion and restore Christ-centered, biblical worship and holiness and faith and hope. Ask God to do this in you, and in Faith Baptist Fellowship, according to his will. So be it, Lord.
FRIDAY, JUNE 29
Read 2 Kings 24
TAI: How do you respond to what we have been reading? Both Hezekiah and Josiah were righteous kings, yet their heirs did evil in the sight of the Lord! How humbling that is. The church is always one generation away from extinction; except for this: God is the one who builds his church and protects his people. What foreign power did God raise up to fulfill the prophecy regarding Judah? What was the outcome when that power entered Jerusalem?
PP: Humbly acknowledge that “unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it” (Psalm 127:1). Pray for your own household. Ask God to reign over it (yes, including you who are single!). Pray (often! Not just today…) for your children and grandchildren to know and love Jesus Christ. Thank God for his sovereign grace in sending his own Son, Jesus, as Savior and King.
SATURDAY, JUNE 30
Read 2 Kings 25
TAI: One is tempted to think of the song lyric, “This is the end.” It seems to be, for Judah now as well as Israel. Yet there is hope? What is the basis for hope for God’s people, at this point? How is that wisp of hope expressed in the narrative of the story? As the book closes with this tiny ray of light, we remember that it was the rebellion and idolatry and corruption, especially of the leadership, that brought down the people of God’s promise. It all seems heartbreaking. Yet, we know who reigns on the throne of the universe, the God of promise as well as prophecy, the God of mercy, grace, and love. He is able to save. Blessed be the name of the Lord.
PP: Sad as the end of Judah is, our trust and hope is in the Lord, maker of heaven and earth, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob….and Jesus! Hallelujah! Pray a prayer of praise. Submit your heart and mind to God. Confess any known sin to him, then rejoice in the precious blood of Christ which cleanses us from all sin. Ask God for the presence and POWER of the Holy Spirit to help you walk in holiness and fruitfulness today. Pray for our church, and our nation.
Additional Readings: No extra readings today.
SUNDAY, JULY 1
Read Hebrews 11:23-31
TAI & PP: Pray for Pastor David Vilhauer as he preaches on Moses from the “Great Faith Chapter” of Hebrews. How could Moses, born so long before Jesus Christ arrived in Bethlehem, consider the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt? That is a vital question in this text! What enabled him to do it?
Pray also for the Puerto Rico team, preparing for their impactful ministry in that ravaged land, and for Angela Myers who is overseeing the trip for Converge Heartland (our district of churches).