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 Feb 26-Mar 4
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26
Read Psalm 45
TAI: This is a hymn or choral work in celebration of a royal wedding. The vivid description of the king and his bride takes the reader to a time of great joy and delight. Hebrews 1:8-9 quotes this Psalm (vv. 6-7, from the Septuagint or Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible) and applies it to the Messiah, King Jesus, the ultimate fulfillment of the Davidic line. This is music sung to celebrate the present (a wedding!) and the future (Jesus Messiah).
PP: When you reflect on this Psalm as being ultimately fulfilled in Jesus Christ, our Savior, what attributes of Jesus do you see in these verses? Pray a prayer of praise to God, delighting in Jesus as the Ultimate Davidic King who reigns forever and ever. Praise him for these attributes (might, splendor, majesty, righteousness, etc.) and express praise that this Ultimate King would condescend to die on the cross for you! Rejoice also that this King will be coming back to reign in the new heavens and new earth, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and that he is your King!
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27
Read Psalm 46
TAI: Another song from the sons of Korah, this time celebrating the city of Zion. Note how the hymn has two stanzas, with a chorus (vv. 7 & 11). Do you struggle with fear? Trust in God as your refuge and strength and help. The distinctive feature of Zion is that God is “in the midst of her.” Now, we celebrate that God is, by his Spirit, in us! The nations may rage (as they do today!) but the Lord of Hosts is with us. Worried? Afraid? “Be still and know that I am God” (v. 10).
PP: How will God be exalted among the nations (v. 10)? Through the gospel of Jesus Christ! Pray for the fulfillment of the Great Commission, for the gospel to be preached and the church planted among every people group on earth. Pray for our missionaries.
Then express your fears and anxieties to God, taking a moment to “be still and know” that he is God. Ask him for grace and peace in Jesus Christ our Lord. Thank him for armor to fight the daily battle with our enemy. Thank him for being your refuge and strength.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28
Read Psalm 47
TAI: Another Korahite song, this one with exuberant joy and praise to God (Clap! Shout!). Can you hear the choir singing and shouting and clapping their hands? Why are they singing? Do you struggle with doubt that God reigns over the nations, especially when they seem to be in total rebellion against God? Do you question whether God is truly on his throne? A song like this one serves to remind us that all praise goes to God for every victory, and that in the shadow of defeat God is still on his throne and he will reign in the end.
PP: Why don’t you make up your own melody and sing this psalm of praise to God! Clap your hands and shout your praises, for “he is exalted!” Ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit and faith to believe all of his promises in good times and hard ones. Tell God that you desire to serve him wholeheartedly TODAY in every way.
THURSDAY, MARCH 1
Read Psalm 48
TAI: From the ESV Study Bible: “Like Psalm 46, Psalm 48 is a hymn celebrating Zion as God’s special city, which he defends for the sake of the world. It commemorates some great event, in which Gentile powers had besieged Jerusalem but came away dismayed; it recognizes that though material fortresses may have their place, it is crucial that God himself be the defense of the people.” Notice the extent (“all the earth” and “forever and ever”) of God’s reign!
PP: Question: is God your defense? Are you completely relying on his faithful rule and strength and care for your life? Pray with the sons of Korah “God you are my fortress forever and you will guide me into eternity.” Pray that your family and friends will know God personally through Jesus Christ, and that your trust in God and love for him will be a strong testimony to them. Ask God to give you grace to walk faithfully in every circumstance of life today.
FRIDAY, MARCH 2
Read Romans 1:1-17
TAI: What made Paul unique? What was Paul’s goal in ministry? How would you define the obedience of faith? “All the nations” (v. 5) includes the Gentiles, a major theme here (see v 14). Do you have a Christian friend through whom you are mutually encouraged by each other’s faith? Have you ever memorized Romans 1:16? Do so! What do you think it means to live by faith?
PP: Rejoice in the triumph of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Ask God to help you walk in the obedience of faith today and every day. Tell God of your willingness to have a positive spiritual impact on others today, especially to encourage other believers. Tell God also that you are not ashamed of the gospel and are willing to share it with those in your sphere of life. Pray by name for people you love who need Jesus. Please continue to pray through the 21 prayer requests from our Stepping Forward campaign.
SATURDAY, MARCH 3
Read Romans 1:18-32
TAI: What is the wrath of God? Who should be concerned about it? Why are all people subject to judgment without excuse? What is clearly known to them? What is the evidence that people without God are fools? What is the sad exchange? How is homosexuality (and other sexual sins) a sign of people exchanging the truth of God for a lie? When you read through the extensive list of sins, which ones grab your heart and bring conviction? Consider how our society today no longer condemns these things, but approves them.
PP: Confess to God any sins from this passage that brought conviction. Thank God that forgiveness is available through the Lord Jesus Christ and his shed blood on the cross. Ask God to bring spiritual awakening in our land, so that rather than approve of such sins, we would repent and turn from them to God. Rejoice in prayer that the believer has no need to fear God’s wrath, though the truth of it should cause us to tremble with humility and concern for others who are lost.
SUNDAY, MARCH 4
Read Hebrews 3:1-6
TAI & PP: How is Jesus superior to Moses? Both are faithful, the writer says. But Jesus can be distinguished from Moses…how? Write down how the two compare, and contrast.
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