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 May 14-20
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, MAY 14
Read 2 Corinthians 10
TAI: What would be the difference between “fleshly” weapons of war and those that have divine power? Do you take every thought captive to obey Jesus Christ? What does that look like in your daily walk with God? How is Paul’s humility evident in this chapter? What is the danger of judging oneself by comparison with others? Evidently Paul’s spiritual authority in exhorting the church was questioned by some. How does Paul respond to this criticism? What is our only legitimate boast?
PP: At FBF one of our 5 Loves is “God’s word and prayer.” Certainly these are weapons of spiritual warfare that have divine power! Thank God for the Bible and for the amazing gift of prayer. Ask him to help you learn to pray daily, many times per day, “prayer without ceasing,” and to pray the truths of Scripture. Thank God also for the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Ask God to help you take every thought captive to obey Jesus. Pray a prayer of praise “boasting” in the name of Jesus our Savior.
TUESDAY, MAY 15
TAI: Paul is evidently facing false teachers (“super-apostles”) who are trying to under-mine his shepherding of the Corinthian church. He finds himself in the difficult position of having to defend himself and sound like he is boasting, while in fact his only concern is their allegiance to Christ and the true gospel. Paul is motivated by love; his opponents seem to be motivated by money. Thoughtfully chew on Paul’s description of his opponents in vv. 12-15. God help us!
PP: What dangers are evident in this passage. And they are still around! False teachers who distort the gospel and are motivated by financial gain and “influence” over gullible followers. Pray for your own protection from such false teachers, as well as your family and church family. Ask God to give you wisdom to discern what is true and faithful to his gospel. Pray for those who preach and teach the Bible in our church, and the Elder Council that oversees the teaching and doctrine of our church.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 16
TAI: The Apostle continues his “foolishness” by speaking frankly but with irony about those who oppose him at Corinth (and oppose his gospel). Question: what is irony? Why does he say, “I am talking like a madman”? Reflect on all that Paul endured for Christ and the gospel. Have you had any parallel experiences of suffering for the Lord Jesus? What do you think he means by “anxiety for all the churches”? Let down in a basket! This entire passage is remarkable.
PP: Yes, there is a cost in following Jesus. Reflect on that cost, then pray for the persecuted and suffering church around the world. Putting Christ first in your life may have a cost; tell the Father if there are struggles you are currently having with criticism, rejection, or isolation as a follower of Jesus. But it will be worth it all! Rejoice and thank God for the pearl of great price, the treasure that is Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Pray for our summer VBS.
THURSDAY, MAY 17
TAI: The theme continues from ch. 11, with Paul acknowledging that he had an extraordinary revelation of God. In humility he uses veiled language, and it seems that even for Paul some aspects of the vision are hard to understand. What “gift” did the Lord give Paul to keep him from conceit about this revelation? Why did God choose not to deliver Paul from this affliction? Verse 9 is worth pondering, and memorizing. How is God’s grace revealed in your weakness?
PP: Thank God for his special revelation to you, which you hold in your hand, the Bible. Humbly acknowledge the thorns God has given you to keep you from conceit and keep you relying on him. Pray v. 9 to the Lord. Ask the Father to give you true contentment, even with your weaknesses and other hardships, and trust him to show his divine power through your weakness.
Pray for our nation, its leaders, and its great needs.
FRIDAY, MAY 18
TAI: Paul considers it foolish to be commending his apostleship, yet the situation in Corinth pushed him to it. His opponents there, the so-called “super-apostles” as he refers to them, forced him to state his credentials in such a bold way, yet he would much prefer to boldly declare the wonders of Christ and the gospel. What do you think he means by, “I seek not what is yours but you”? He answers objections raised by his opponents in vv. 15-18. What fears does Paul express regarding a possible visit to the church again?
PP: These chapters have been a fascinating and rather complicated look into the thoughts of Paul, and specifically the twin aspects of his humble recognition of his weakness and his solid grasp of his calling as an apostle and thus he refusal to kowtow to opposition. Ask God to give you a humble faith, recognizing that Christ is truly our King and Lord and only hope, while also being joyfully able to delight in his Spirit’s presence and your evident spiritual gifts.
SATURDAY, MAY 19
Read 2 Corinthians 13
\TAI: According to Paul, what is the minimal standard for evidence? Why do you think he mentions that here? “I will not spare them” implies that church discipline will be enforced, though he does not cite specifics. “Examine yourselves…test yourselves.” Do you do an occasional “self-check” on how you are doing in your walk with Christ? Verses 9 and 11 make clear that restoration is always the goal of discipline; it is Paul’s desire for Corinth. The closing expresses the Apostle’s love for the believers at Corinth.
PP: In light of the exhortation to examine and test yourself, turn this prayer time into a chat with your Heavenly Father about your walk with Jesus. Ask him to guide you by his Spirit into confession of sin, expression of joy for the good news of the gospel, as well as intercession and supplication in prayer. Ask God for grace today in your all-out pursuit of following the Lord Jesus.
SUNDAY, MAY 20
Read Hebrews 9
TAI & PP: Highlight in your Bible the phrase “once for all” in v. 26. It highlights the supremacy of Christ’s shed blood and death over the old covenant sacrifices made by the priests. Notice also two key phrases for fully grasping the gospel: “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins” in v. 22 and also “it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” in v. 27. These are important gospel truths you can use in sharing the gospel with others.
Pastor Dana will preach on the second half of the passage, beginning with v. 15, today. Pray for him. And also pray for the lost people in your sphere of influence who need to know the saving power of the Lord Jesus Christ.