Bible Readings: April 16-22

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 Apr 16-22

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

MONDAY, APRIL 16

Read Judges 4-5

TAI: Here again the theme of Judges is evident: the people of Israel did evil in God’s sight—God turns them over to an oppressor—the people cried out to the Lord. How had God gifted Deborah to serve? Was it wrong for Barak to demand that Deborah go with him into battle? Why? How did each of the things Sisera trusted for protection fail? How does chapter 5 add to your understanding of the events in chapter 4? How do you see God at work in rescuing His people from the rule of Jabin?

PP:  Praise God that He hears the cries of His people. Thank Him that He can be trusted, ask Him to reveal areas in your life where your trust may be misplaced. Express your gratitude for the spiritual leaders God has placed in your life, pray for your pastors and mentors. Sing a song of praise to Christ for what He has done for you!

Additional readings: Mark 5:21-43; 1 Corinthians 9:13-27; Psalm 83

TUESDAY, APRIL 17

Read Judges 6-7

TAI: Again, the people rebel, and God gave them over to new oppressors. How were the Midianites oppressing Israel? Why did God first send a prophet before choosing Gideon? How did Gideon’s view of the problem and its solution differ from God’s? Gideon needed confirmation of God’s call – how did God respond? What does this reveal about God? Why did God reduce Gideon’s army to only 300 before battle? Describe the battle – how was the victory clearly God’s?

PP: Ask God to help you see yourself as He sees you – a vessel through which He can demonstrate His power in doing significant things for His kingdom. Are you willing to trust Him and submit – if so tell Him. Tell God about any doubts that you are struggling with and ask Him to show you His answers. Give thanks to God for saving you, not by relying on your own efforts, but solely by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

Additional readings: Mark 6:1-13; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Psalm 84

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18

Read Judges 8

TAI: Gideon continues battling the Midianites. Note how Gideon’s active involvement in attacking and chasing the enemy contrasts sharply with his standing by while the Lord gave them the victory in the previous chapter. What was wise about Gideon’s response in vs 23? What was unwise about his corresponding action in vs 24-27? What should we learn from this? How quickly the people returned to their idol worship of Baal after the death of Gideon. Why are people so fickle?

PP:  Note how quickly Gideon resorted to trusting in his own efforts even after God clearly demonstrated His power. Express to God your desire to be true to Christ all your days. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your path”. (Proverbs 3:5-6.)

Additional Readings: Mark 6:14-29; 1 Corinthians 10:14-33; Psalm 85

THURSDAY, APRIL 19

Read Judges 9

TAI: The sad tale of Abimelech begins with the last paragraph of chapter 8; review those verses. His name means my father is king – what is the irony with that name? Jotham’s “prophetic parable” likens Abimelech to what? How much of this prophetic word comes to pass? Ponder the parallels – both similarities and differences – between King David and his sons and Gideon and Abimelech. What lesson comes from that reflection? Reflect also on the sad end of Abimelech and his pride even in death.

PP:  Pray for the families of our church, and especially the relation-ships between fathers and their children. Ask God to break you of pride, knowing that “pride comes before a fall” (Prov. 16:18). How does pride rear its ugly head in your life? Confess that to God. Pray for our nation, state, and local community to choose leaders who are wise and submissive to God and not full of arrogant pride.

Additional Readings: Mark 6:30-44; 1 Corinthians 11:1-16; Psalm 86

FRIDAY, APRIL 20

Read Judges 10-12

TAI: The theme of Judges is the downward spiral of Israel’s national and spiritual life into chaos and apostasy, showing the need for a godly king to lead it. (ESVSB) What strikes you about the judges listed in these passages? Who was Jephthah and what was he known for? How was he treated by his family and fellow countrymen? What was he called upon to do and how did he respond? Note the diplomatic discussions between Jephthah and the Ammonites in 11:12-28.  How did Jephthah end the discussions in vs 27? What was Jephthah’s tragic vow?

PP: Jephthah is a flawed judge because of his ancestry, because of his appointment by the elders rather than a direct call from God, and because of his foolish vow. He makes evident the need for permanent salvation through the coming line of King David. (ESVSB) We can see plenty of evidence today of downward spiral of national and spiritual life around the world. Pray for revival and that God would raise up leaders at all levels that would seek Him with all their heart.

Additional Readings:  Mark 6:45-56; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Psalm 87

SATURDAY, APRIL 21

Read Judges 13-15

TAI: Israel’s downward spiral continues, and Samson is the last of the judges. Note the circumstances surrounding his birth. Any similarities to other biblical characters? (Gen 16:1; 1 Sam 1:2; Luke 1:7) Samson’s exploits fall into two segments (ch 14-15 and ch 16). In this first segment, the Spirit of the Lord “rushed upon him” in three separate occasions. However, Samson also violated two of the three requirements of a Nazarite’s vow. Yet, it is evident that God was using Samson to accomplish His own purposes (14:4), even with Samson’s failures.  What does this reveal about God?

PP:  God’s sovereignty is on full display at the same time Samson is pursuing what seems right in his own eyes (14:3). God’s desire is to judge the Philistines and deliver Israel. Samson’s desire was to please himself. Are you willing to ask God to search your heart and reveal selfish desires that are opposed to His? Are you willing to acknowledge that God is ultimately in control of the affairs in your life?

Additional Readings: Mark 7:1-23; 1 Corinthians 12:1-13; Psalm 88

SUNDAY, APRIL 22

Read Hebrews 6

TAI & PP: While the first part of Hebrews 6 continues the theme of MATURITY and the exhortation to grow into maturity in Christ; the last part of the chapter offers the encouragement of the certainty of God’s promise for blessing. What is the “sure and steadfast anchor of the soul”? Pray for Tanner Leuthold, who will be preaching on this passage this Sunday. Ask God to guide Tanner in his study and preparation. Ask God to prepare your heart to hear from Him through this passage and to respond in obedience.