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 Apr 9-15 2018
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, APRIL 9
Read Joshua 15-17
TAI: As you read and reflect, notice especially these three key verses: 15:63; 16:10; and 17:12-13. “Against the backdrop of so much success,” states the ESVSB p.420, these references are “disconcerting in at least two respects. First, it recalls Moses’ repeated warnings against allowing the Canaanites to survive and live among the Israelites. Second, it raises a theological question: how is it that the people of Israel “could not” drive out their foes?” More of this failure to fully obey will be evident in Judges.
PP: “Spiritual slippage,” which was clearly seen in the wilderness, and now is seen in Canaan, results from compromising on the clear instruction and command of God. How are you doing with regard to walking humbly with God and in the obedience of faith? Are you “strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might, putting on the full armor of God”? Take time now to pray about these things. Pray for yourself, your family, and for our church. Pray for our nation, which seems to be straying further and further from God’s word. Ask God to fill you with his Holy Spirit and strength today.
TUESDAY, APRIL 10
Read Joshua 18-19
TAI: What was special about Shiloh? The assigning of lands in Canaan to the various tribes began with extensive planning—a survey of the territory with written descriptions. God had long before promised land to these tribes, and now God fulfills that promise as lots are cast and each receives an allotment. What details stand out to you? What special arrangements are made?
How has God provided for you?
PP: Praise God for being our provider—Jehovah Jireh. Thank him for the many ways he has provided for you. Thank him for fulfilling his promises to the people of Israel, and that he has a divine plan for fulfill every promise to us as his people the church, including a new heavens and a new earth.
What do you need? Ask God, humbly, for his provision in areas of need in your life. As Jesus said, “Ask and it shall be given to you…”
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11
Read Joshua 20-21
TAI: After reading Joshua 20, also read Exod. 21:12-14 and Num. 35:6-34 concerning cities of refuge. “They are to be 6 in number, chosen among the Levitical cities…They are to guarantee judicial due process for anyone in Israel, including the stranger and the sojourner.” [for more, read the ESVSB notes, p. 424] Note the this system of due process heavily influenced later justice systems, including our own here in the United States. Ponder 21:43-45, and consider how v. 45 is true for you as well! All will come to pass.
PP: Thank God for implementing a system of justice for Israel that protected people from vigilante justice, a system which has impacts our own system to this day. Thank God for providing refuge and rest for you through his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Thank God for his many precious promises made to his children in his word, and that every one will come to pass without fail.
THURSDAY, APRIL 12
Read Joshua 22-23
TAI: There is, quite literally, trouble in River City! The eastern tribes are instructed to return across the Jordan. When they do, what task do they undertake which causes a bitter dispute? Why did the western tribes take offence? How was the matter settled? [Note the name of God used in v. 22!] Then Joshua offers his final testimony and instruction at the end of his amazing life. What stands out to you in this charge? Reflect on 23:14. What warning from the great Joshua closes this chapter? Note: Judges is next!
PP: How often we get all cattywampus with one another when something well-intended is misunderstood. “Father, help me to reach out and communicate when something is bothering me. Help me to assume the best of someone else, especially a brother or sister in Christ, and not assign motives to them that may not be accurate. Help me to live in peace with other believers, to the extent that is possible. And thank you for fulfilling all of your promises to your people through your Son, Jesus Christ.”
FRIDAY, APRIL 13
Read Joshua 24
TAI: Joshua’s concluding chapter opens with a historic chronicle of the people’s journey in the voice of the Lord. “I gave…I sent…I brought you…” What is the overwhelming sense of this section? Compare v. 13 with Deuteronomy 6:10-13. Ponder the stirring call that Joshua gives the people in vv. 14-15, including the new famous “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” This is a common plaque hanging on our walls, but is it really true for you and your family? Joshua’s warnings (“you are not able”) and the people’s responses are tragic in the light of the book that follows, Judges.
PP: What a humbling conclusion to a great book! “You are not able” reminds us that we cannot trust and obey apart from the grace and power God’s gives us by his Spirit. Ask God for grace to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, trusting, serving, and loving him. Tell him if your heart’s desire is “As for me and my house…”`
SATURDAY, APRIL 14
Read Judges 1-3
TAI: The Wednesday night Praying God’s Word group has been reading Judges lately. The familiar pattern of this book goes like this: God is faithful—the people rebel—an oppressor defeats and enslaves them—the people cry out for God to deliver them—God graciously gives a judge/deliverer—victory and peace follows—then the people FORGET and run after the Baals (see 2:11 & 17). What roots of disobedience are evident in ch. 1:27-36? Why does the writer use such strong language—whored after other gods—to describe Israel’s behavior?
PP: Even when Israel was so entirely unfaithful to the covenant they made with God, still God was faithful! Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Thank him for being faithful when we are faithless, for being true to his promises. Tell God of your desire to walk in the obedience of faith, trusting him and walking in his ways. Thank him for giving us the Holy Spirit. “Father, fill me today with the Holy Spirit, and enable me to live a life pleasing to you.”
SUNDAY, APRIL 15
Read Hebrews 6
TAI & PP: The theme of MATURITY, begun last week with chapter 5, continues today with the first two paragraphs of Hebrews 6. We must grow out of the “skim milk” into the meat of a mature grasp of God’s truth in order to grow into maturity in Christ. These verses are not without controversy, so ponder them carefully and with prayer ask God to guide Pastor Dana and your own understanding of what the writer means by phrases such as “tasted of the heavenly gift” and “fallen away.” And even more importantly, ask God to help you grow into maturity, with a sound grasp of Bible truth, doctrine, and the wonders of the gospel, so that you can in turn disciple and influence others for God’s glory.