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 April 2-8 2018
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, APRIL 2
Read Joshua 1-2
TAI: Our reading of Joshua should be familiar to all who were with us for our series last fall. What command is repeated several times in this opening chapter? What was the requirement necessary for the Lord to continue to be with Joshua and his people (vv. 7-8)? Ponder this requirement (also in light of our recent message on Hebrews 4:11-13!). What message of assurance did Rahab relate to the spies? What did the spies in turn ask of Rahab, in order to assure her and her family protection? Reflect on the scarlet cord.
PP: In light of our holy week commemorations last week, pray a prayer of thanksgiving for Jesus, our “Scarlet Cord.” Ask God to give you strength and courage for being a faithful witness who lives under the lordship of Jesus Christ. Pray through chapter 1:7-8 and ask the Father to let his word do its “scalpel” work in you (in light of Heb. 4:11-13). Thank God for yesterday’s Easter celebration of the resurrection, and pray for the ongoing impact of that great day. Ask that fruit from yesterday would be preserved by the Holy Spirit, including fruit in your life!
TUESDAY, APRIL 3
Read Joshua 3-5
TAI: Read through the chapters, noting the remarkable events and God’s gracious promise and acts on behalf of the people of Israel. Then make 3 observations helpful to you and write them down:
PP: Pray through your observations. Apply them to your own life. What has God promised to you? What has our Father done for you? What action steps is he asking you to take for the glory of Christ?
Thank God for his leading and blessing for our Stepping Forward giving opportunity and steps of faith with a west campus. Pray for this upcoming launch! Is God calling you to be part of it? Pray!
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4
Read Joshua 6-7
TAI: What does the text say were the keys to Israel’s victory in the battle for Jericho? What caused their defeat at Ai? Rahab was spared in the destruction of Jericho as promised; how are we spared from the wrath of God according to God’s promise? Achan was not spared the penalty of his sin. Why? Do you think we will meet Achan in heaven some day? (Is there a textual reason for your answer? There should be!) Think about God’s ability to bring amazing victories by his great grace.
PP: The song says, “What a mighty God we serve!” Praise God that he can bring about awesome victories. Thank him for sparing us, for “while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” All of us are Achan, all have sinned, but in Christ we can be forgiven and freed from sin’s penalty. Jesus paid it all! Pray for awesome victories in the battle for human souls today in Sioux Falls and worldwide.
THURSDAY, APRIL 5
Read Joshua 8-9
TAI: What are the distinguishing marks of the battle and victory over Ai in ch. 8? What was the shrewd battle plan? Where did it come from? Why the javelin? After the victory, why did Joshua read the book of the law to the people? What was the Gibeonite deception? What was the outcome of it? What grace mistake did the men of Israel make in this regard? What lesson ought we to learn from that mistake?
PP: It was God who led the Israelites to victory! He is the greatest of commanders, and his plan is always wise. Let us today seek the counsel of the Lord! What are your plans for today? Have you asked the Lord for guidance? Pray now! Ask him to give you direction. Tell him that you want to “keep covenant” with him and act according to his word in all things. Is there sin to confess? Do so! Is there wisdom you need? Ask God! Tell him you do not want to be fooled by the enemy, but rather to walk by faith.
FRIDAY, APRIL 6
Read Joshua 10-12
TAI: What a wonder! The sun stood still. What is the point of these three chapters? Note: chapter 12 is a kind of summation statement, covering the victories of both Moses (east of the Jordan) and Joshua (to the west). If you need help discerning the main point, travel back through the chapters again, noting all the times the text says “The Lord said” and “The Lord heeded” and “The Lord fought” and so forth. Is it Joshua doing the winning? Or is it the Lord?
PP: Is there a “sun stopping” work of grace that you need from the Lord today? Pray about it! God is able to make all grace abound to you. God will supply your needs! That doesn’t mean we “name it and claim it” or command the Lord, but we can come with boldness to the throne of grace to receive mercy and grace as we need. God is able to do it! Open up your heart to the Lord today. He will fight for you!
SATURDAY, APRIL 7
Read Joshua 13-14
TAI: These chapters detail the apportioning of the land. What stands out to you? Why did the Levites receive no direct portion of land? How were they to be provided for?
Note all the things that are outstanding about Caleb. Notice the key, repeated phrase. Wouldn’t it be great to reach the age of 85 and be able to say such things about yourself, or have others say them? What was the key to Caleb’s strength and certainty?
PP: Thinking of Caleb, ask God to help you wholly follow the Lord in everything! Parents, pray that for your children, that they “wholly follow the Lord” and become strong with divine strength. Please pray that for the children and youth of our church, that they would wholly follow Jesus Christ and walk in his footsteps, trusting him. “God, give us the strength, and confidence in you, and the trusting certainty of Caleb, by your grace and for your glory alone!”
SUNDAY, APRIL 8
Read Hebrews 5
TAI & PP: The writer compares Jesus, our great high priest, to the earlier, earthly high priests. How do the two compare? Jot down your thoughts, comparing and contrasting. Ponder the statement, “Solid food is for the mature.” Are you eager and ready for solid food, truth about God, Jesus Christ his Son, and his gospel? Or are you still a “milk drinker” when it comes to truth?
Pray for Pastor Dana preaching on this text in our services. Ask God to help you grow mature and deep in his word. Ask him to do his divine surgery in you today (remember the scalpel analogy?) according to his word. Ask God’s grace and blessing upon those who will lead our worship today, as well as all who serve in the great variety of ways that keep a church going.