Bible Readings: May 7-13

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 7-13

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


Read 2 Corinthians 4

TAI: In these passages Paul is defending his ministry against opponents who accused him of not being a Spirit-filled apostle of the risen Christ. Part of the reason seems to be that he has suffered too much, and his message is too hard to understand. How does Paul respond to those accusations? What does he refuse to do? Who blinds the minds of unbelievers? What is the message he proclaims? Whose power does he rely upon? What are the jars of clay?

PP:  Paul readily admits that there is an enemy that blinds people’s minds to the light of the Gospel. He also admits that his own strength and abilities (jar of clay) are insufficient to accomplish his ministry. His hope is in the truth of the Gospel message, the surpassing power of God and the eternal weight of glory that awaits him.  Pray for our pastoral staff and all who teach in our classrooms; that we be faithful to the truth of the Gospel message and rely not on our own power but trust in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring understanding and conviction.

Additional readings: Mark 11:1-11; Psalm 99; 1 Samuel 11-13


Read 2 Corinthians 5

TAI: Paul is speaking in metaphors here, comparing a tent to a heavenly building. What is he talking about and why is it important? What does it mean to walk by faith, not by sight? Why is this important when facing suffering and persecution? What does it mean to be “in Christ” and a “new creation”? What is the “ministry of reconciliation” that we have been given? And what does it mean to be an ambassador? Who are we representing?

PP: Paul’s confidence in the future resurrection keeps him faithful in his present ministry. Spend some extra time meditating on this passage. There are deep, spiritual truths and promises here. Memorize vs 17. Reconciliation refers to the restoration of a broken relationship. As Christians we have an ongoing relationship with God.  Relationships need communication to grow. God speaks to us through His word and we speak to Him through prayer. Ask God to help you grow in this relationship. Do you know someone in a broken relationship? Pray for reconciliation.

Additional readings: Mark 11:12-26; Psalm 100; 1 Samuel 14


Read 2 Corinthians 6

TAI: Why does Paul cite Isaiah 49:8 here? To “commend” as Paul uses it here is meant “to make known or display”. Read through this remarkable list several times noting the contrasts. How do these things “commend” the apostle? Does this list describe your life? Are there particular items to which you relate? What do you learn about Paul from studying this passage? About yourself? Why does he say “widen your hearts also”?

PP: Take some moments to pray through this descriptive list. Prayerfully respond to God item by item, if not for yourself, then pray for others who are going through such things. Tell God of your desire to magnify His name and live for His glory, no matter what your circumstances and trials. Thank God for His sustaining grace and His constant companionship.

Additional Readings: Mark 11:27-33, Psalm 101; 1 Samuel 15-16


Read 2 Corinthians 7

TAI: Paul is still responding to his critics (vs 2-4). What were the afflictions Paul faced? What or who brought comfort? Paul makes reference to another letter he wrote (which was written after 1 Corinthians, before 2 Corinthians and has since been lost). This letter produced grief. What is the difference between godly grief and worldly grief? Why did this bring comfort to Paul?

PP:  Are you living with conflict and fear? Bring your concerns to God in prayer. Let Him bring you comfort. Ask God to help you discern the difference between worldly grief and godly grief. Pray that as a church we would be open to repentance when need be. Pray that we would be the kind of church body that brings comfort and refreshes the spirits of weary or troubled people.

Additional Readings: Mark 12:1-12; Psalm 102; 1 Samuel 17-18


Read 2 Corinthians 8

TAI: Why does Paul refer to the Macedonian churches generous giving as a grace of God? What was their circumstances and what motivated them to give so generously? Is your giving an evidence of genuine love? How is Titus involved with Paul and the Corinthians? Who is the famous preacher that was coming with Titus? Notice the special steps that were taken in the administration of the special gift. What was their aim?

PP: Pray for our financial officers here at Faith: Treasurer Bev Lush, Financial Secretary Max Masters, and the staff of assistants who count and keep track of the offerings week by week. Pray that our regular giving would be motivated by love, the love of Christ. Ask God to give you “earnest care” for your brothers and sisters in Christ. Pray for our Puerto Rico mission team of youth and adults as they complete their support raising for their trip in July.

Additional Readings:  Mark 12:13-27; Psalm 103; 1 Samuel 19-20


Read 2 Corinthians 9

TAI: The theme of giving generously continues as Paul encourages the Corinthians to be ready to give to the collection being gathered for the needs of Christians in Jerusalem. What practical steps does he encourage them to take in order to be ready? What principles does Paul point out that should guide our giving? What promises? Who supplies the seed to the sower? Not only are practical needs met when we give but what else happens when we give generously? What is the “inexpressible gift” God has given?

PP: The Corinthians had promised to give to the needs of the saints and Paul was encouraging them to be faithful to their pledge. There are many here at Faith that have pledged to give to the Stepping Forward campaign here at church. Pray that God would be faithful in providing the “seeds” so that we can sow bountifully and fulfill our pledges. Giving is an act of worship and worship is also the result of our giving. Pray that our giving would overflow in many thanksgivings to God.

Additional Readings: Mark 12:28-34; Psalm 104; 1 Samuel 21-23


Read Hebrews 9

TAI & PP: Pray for Pastor Dana as he preaches on this chapter of Hebrews for our So Much Better series. As we ponder the inferiority of the old covenant, we keep anticipating the counterpart of that argument—the superiority of the new covenant.

  • Christ’s sacrifice is eternal, not something to be done repeatedly.
  • Christ’s death results in a believer’s salvation, something the blood of bulls and goats could not do.
  • Christ entered heaven for all eternity as opposed to the OT priest entering an earthly holy place once a year.
  • Christ’s sacrifice was once-only compared to the perpetual sacrifices of the old covenant.

Praise God for these wonderful truths!