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 March 5-11
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, MARCH 5
Read Romans 2
TAI: The chapter opens with a crucial question: is your heart hard with judgment toward others, or is it repentant toward God? God’s wrath is set for the self-seeking, unrighteous persons who do evil, while eternal life is God’s plan for his children who persist in doing good by faith. This is true for Jews and Gentiles alike. What is the conscience? What is the danger of presuming on God’s favor? Who is in danger of doing that? Do you struggle with a harsh, judgmental attitude at times? Is your heart soft toward God, trusting him?
PP: Humble yourself before our Father in heaven. Thank him for his saving grace through the Lord Jesus. Express your desire to persist in doing good by faith in Jesus. Ask him to keep you free from pride and self-centeredness and judgmental attitudes, but rather humble, kind, caring, and full of grace to others who need Jesus just as you do. Pray that our church is this kind of gospel-centered community, merciful, gracious, and caring.
Please pray for the Prayer First Gathering which begin today at Faith, hosting about 35 pastors, missionaries, and chaplains.
TUESDAY, MARCH 6
Read Romans 3
TAI: Having combatted Jewish pride in ch. 2, Paul now answers the question about whether there is any advantage to being Jewish. There is! The Jewish people received the law, and they have the blessing of God’s promised faithfulness. Yet, the main point here is clear: all have sinned! Both Jews and Gentiles! The law was not given to earn right standing with God. Rather the law reveals to us our sin. How is a sinful person (and we all are) justified, that is, declared righteous by God? What is propitiation? Ponder awhile the wonder of salvation by grace through faith in Christ!
PP: Thank God for giving the law, so that we clearly know that we have sinned. Rejoice in God’s faithfulness to his people. Thank God for sending his Son to be our Savior, saving believers from the penalty of sin by his grace. Express your faith in God; tell him that you trust in Jesus Christ alone for forgiveness and eternal life.
Pray for those in your circle of relationships who do not trust in Jesus Christ for salvation.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7
Read Romans 4
TAI: Paul is now drawing an important distinction, first raised in the last chapter, between the mentality of earning your standing before God by your works (which is not possible) and receiving your righteous standing before God by faith in Christ. We are not Christians through wage-earning, but through faith alone. Abraham is Paul’s example, for he was declared righteous before his circumcision, thus he didn’t earn his standing by being circumcised. Ponder vv. 23-25 as the very heart of the gospel. Is this what you believe? Is this what you tell others?
PP: Thank God that you not saved by earning but by believing and following the Lord Jesus. Rejoice in justification by faith! Sing “Amazing Grace.” Ask God to keep you from the mentality of the wage-earner. Rather, rejoice as a worshipper! Jesus saves!
THURSDAY, MARCH 8
Read Romans 5:1-11
TAI: Faith, hope, and love! That’s how this chapter opens. What is the role of each? According to Paul, how can we rejoice in our sufferings? Who pours God’s love into our hearts? How did God show his great love for us? What is reconciliation? How did God bring it about for us? Notice how we are to rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. It is the mentality of the worshipper, not of the wage-earner! Rejoice in reconciliation, in peace with God!
PP: These 11 verses are power-packed with glorious gospel! So, take considerable time to ponder line-by-line, verse-by-verse through the section, praying to God in response to each truth. Be very personal in your praying—as appropriate praise, adore, thank, confess, express need, and pray for others.
Continue to pray for the 21 Stepping Forward prayer requests.
FRIDAY, MARCH 9
Read Romans 5:12-21
TAI: Now Paul uses the parallels of Adam and Jesus to draw a further distinction: sin came through Adam to the human race, and death through sin. This is the doctrine of original sin. Now by God’s grace justification comes to many through the Lord Jesus Christ. Notice the wonderful, rich language used to describe this incredible transaction: the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness. Do you understand the parallel Paul is using here? Does it make sense to you?
PP: What an amazing gift: to unrighteous sinners God gives his righteous Son, so that his righteousness is applied to believers for justification. Praise God for this great gift. Thank him for giving his Son as your Savior. Celebrate in a prayer of worship God’s amazing grace: as in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all who believe be made alive!
Pray for our youth and adults preparing for the missions trip to Puerto Rico this summer under the leadership of Angela Myers.
SATURDAY, MARCH 10
Read Romans 6:1-14
TAI: Does God’s amazing gift of grace mean we can sin without repercussion? Explain Paul’s phrase, “died to sin.” Do you see how our practice of immersion baptism pictures the truth of v. 4? Explain what Paul means by “dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Reflect on v. 14, “not under law but under grace.” Do you understand what Paul means by that? How does that insight help us in the daily fight of faith?
PP: Rejoice in prayer that you are no longer a slave to sin. Thank God for giving you the gift of righteousness through his Son, Jesus Christ. Ask God to help you in the daily walk of putting sin to death (called by the Puritans mortification) and living in the freedom of the gospel. Celebrate grace, God’s power to set us free and keep us living in freedom from sin. Yet, thank God also that if we do sin, we have an Advocate before the Father, Jesus Christ!
SUNDAY, MARCH 11
Read Hebrews 3
TAI & PP: Pray for Pastor Dana as he continues to lead us through the grand book of Hebrews. Last week we saw that while Moses was faithful to God, yet Jesus Christ is far better than Moses: he is God’s Son! Today, that thought about Christ leads us into the warning: “Don’t let your heart become hard!” Rebellion lurks; the evil one would love to turn us away from God and grace to become hard-hearted. We need each other! Did a Christian friend exhort you this week? Did you exhort anyone to stand firm in their faith?
Pray for our Faith Group leaders and their groups, that in our groups we would exhort one another to stay true to Christ and tender-hearted. O Father, keep us from a hard heart of unbelief!