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 12-18
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018
Read Psalm 34
TAI: This is an acrostic poem; each verse beginning with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet (“somewhat irregular” NAS SB). It is a glorious combination of praise to God and wisdom literature akin to the Proverbs. Many phrases are familiar—which ones do you recognize? Regarding v. 20, read John 19:33-36, which applies this to Jesus, the Messiah. Choose the three statements which best encourage your faith today, and memorize them. What difference will this psalm make in your faith walk today?
PP: Pray line by line through this marvelous psalm, beginning with praise and then moving through the instructional wisdom section. Personalize your prayer: “Help me, Father, keep my tongue from evil and my lips from speaking deceitfully.” Thank the Lord for all his promises of help and deliverance. Pray through the three statements you chose above, and ask God to greatly encourage your walk of faith today. Praise God the Father that the bones of Jesus were not broken when he died on the cross for you!
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13
Read Psalm 35
TAI: David was a Warrior-King who confronted many enemies in his time. This psalm recognizes that God’s people face evil people who wish them harm and destruction. Note the variety of settings and ways the opponents seek to harm the godly. Which can you relate to? How many ways does the psalmist ask the Lord for help and deliverance? God’s power and grace in our challenging times is a testimony to others (vv. 27-28).
PP: Tell the Father about the challenging times you are going through in your life. Tell him about any plots to defeat you or set a trap for you. Ask for his help! Pray through the armor of God in Ephesians 6, thanking God for each piece of protection. Rejoice that “they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” Intercede for others in your sphere of life facing difficult challenges. Continue to pray through the 21 Stepping Forward requests!
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14
Read Psalm 36
TAI: The psalm opens with a vivid description of the actions of wicked people. What characterizes their habits and actions? With v. 5, what contrast is drawn? How are God’s ways characterized? Note the beautiful, vivid language that is used—refuge, feast, drink. How do these images encourage your faith today? Think of specific ways these verses can help you today in your walk with Jesus Christ.
PP: Pray through the first 4 verses, asking God to help you avoid the sins of the wicked. Then pray through the remainder of the psalm, delighting in God’s steadfast love, faithfulness, and righteousness. Thank God for providing refuge for you. Tell him that you want to experience every good and perfect gift that he has for you today: feasting, drinking, and walking in the light of his glory and grace. Pray for your Valentine!
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15
Read Psalm 37:1-22
TAI: Once again the wicked and the righteous are drawn in vivid contrast. Do you find yourself fretting over the “temporary prosperity” of evildoers? Does the way of faith in Christ and righteous living seem like a long, narrow, difficult road at times? This psalm promises ultimate blessing and victory to those who trust in the Lord (vv. 3-7). He will give you the desires of your heart! What land will you inherit? Are you content with little, knowing that in Christ you have a grand future inheritance?
PP: Pray through vv. 3-7, making each line very personal for you. Express to God your trust in him. Ask him to keep you from fretting over wicked people, but rather to keep your eyes on the prize of the upward call of God to your future inheritance. Pray for your family members, friends, and others in your sphere of influence. Ask God to reveal to them the temporary nature of wickedness and the eternal wonder of walking with God.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Read Psalm 37:23-40
TAI: The contrast between the temporary nature of the wicked and the eternal blessing of the righteous continues. Have you seen the righteous forsaken (v. 25)? Consider your life at present: in what are you waiting for the Lord? Will it be worth it to wait for God to work? Yes it will! Verses 39-40 would be a great passage to memorize. At least mark it in your Bible.
PP: Tell God about any area of your life where you feel uncertain or troubled. Tell God it is your desire to wait upon him and trust him to work. Thank him for your eternal home being prepared for you, for the new heavens and new earth that will be your dwelling place forever. Pray for our church as we Step Forward in 2018. Pray for the development of plans for the west campus, for Pastor Jayson, and for others considering joining in that effort.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17
Read Psalm 38
TAI: David is not always righteous. Here the reality of sin and the sorrow that comes with it is recognized. It is time to confess. The “arrows” of God have pierced, and the discipline of the Lord is deeply felt (v. 2). The weight of sin is a heavy burden. What vivid language David uses to describe his misery (vv. 5-8). Would you describe the reality of sin and brokenness this way? Yet even in the misery of sin the psalmist waits for the Lord and his salvation.
PP: We all must confess our sin to the Lord. It is necessary to do so, to recognize that we have fallen short of the glory of God. Take time right now to confess any known sin to the Lord. Take heart as you do so, for “if we confess our sin, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sin, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9). Pray a prayer of praise and thanks to God for the gift of his Son, Jesus Christ, who paid the penalty for our sin with his own blood on the cross.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18
Read Hebrews 2
TAI & PP: On this Sunday morning we continue our “So Much Better” series on Hebrews and continue to see that Jesus Christ is much better than the angels. Pray for Pastor Dana preaching today. Ponder the question from v. 3 “how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?” Reflect also on the glory of the gospel through meditating on v. 9.
Pray for those in your sphere of influence who are currently neglecting the great salvation offered through Jesus Christ (your Sacred 7).