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 5-11
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2018
Read Psalm 28
TAI: The first half of this psalm is a prayer of a saint in distress. Note the urgency and tone. What does he pray for? Who are the wicked? What characterizes them and what is their reward? Note the contrast between the attitude of the saint praying and the wicked. The second half of this psalm is praise to the Lord. What is He praised for? What are the attributes of the Lord that are mentioned in these verses? Pause to identify as many as you can and reflect on these on these.
PP: Justice and mercy seem to be the theme of this psalm. The saint recognizes who the Lord is and his own need for mercy. The wicked refuse to acknowledge the Lord or His works and will therefore ultimately face the Judgement. This is a sobering psalm. One that should have all of us praying earnestly for mercy and praising Him for answering that prayer. Praise Him for being a source of strength and protection. Pray for those who you know that have not acknowledged the Lord or His works.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6
Read Psalm 29
TAI: This psalm is a hymn of praise to God for His awesome power. What act of nature comes to mind as you read this? Romans 1:20 states: “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.” God’s attributes are on display even in a thunderstorm. Imagine King David sitting in his palace looking out on a thunderstorm moving in and writing this psalm. What attributes of God does a thunderstorm make you think of?
PP: Some scholars believe that the setting of this psalm in a thunderstorm deliberately sets Yahweh (God) over Baal, the storm-god widely worshipped by the Canaanites in the land. This psalm is a call to worship God above all other gods because He is more powerful than all other gods. Praise God that, while He has revealed Himself in nature, the clearest revelation is through His word and the person of Jesus Christ.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7
Read Psalm 30
TAI: The theme of this whole psalm is one of personal thanksgiving for God’s repeated care and deliverance over the course of a life. As you read this psalm reflect on your own life. Have you prayed for healing and God healed you? Have you prayed and He redeemed you from the pit? Have you spent the night weeping and He gave you joy in the morning? Have you ever boasted in your own success and status, then had God humble you? Have you ever tried to bargain with God, make a deal with Him or earn His approval by works? Have you ever humbly begged for God to be merciful to you then experienced His help and forgiveness?
PP: As you reflect on your life and your answers to these questions, pray as God leads. Whether it be a prayer of praise, thanksgiving or confession, pour your heart out to Him.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Read Psalm 31
TAI: Here we have another lament that seeks help from God for a saint worn out with trouble and beset by enemies who seek to do him harm (ESVSB). Some think that David wrote this while fleeing persecution from King Saul, but it is written for all kinds of people to find themselves in this prayer. In fact, Jesus Himself quoted part of this psalm on the cross, can you find it?
PP: There is intense emotion in this psalm. Fear of being put to shame, distress, grief, physical exhaustion, an awareness of sin, isolation, rejection. Some may think, “How depressing.” But some of you may be there, and nobody else knows. Be encouraged, God knows! You can trust Him; your times are in His hand. The Lord preserves the faithful! Be strong and let your heart take courage! Pray and cast all your cares on Him.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9
Read Psalm 32
TAI: The word “Blessed” is defined as “happiness or a person’s state of bliss”. In this psalm, who are the blessed ones? How does one receive this blessing (vs 5)? What happens when we keep silent or try to hide our sin from God (vs 3-4)? When should we seek God and confess our sin? What are some of the characteristics of this “happiness” (vs 7-11)?
PP: Confession leads to forgiveness and a restored relationship with God. Included in this relationship are: 1) an assurance of God’s protection and preservation from trouble. 2) instruction, guidance and counsel. 3) knowing the love of God and worshipping Him with a heart of joy! Are you experiencing these things? Do you long for them? Have you confessed your sin to God? Are you hiding things from Him? Pray as God leads you concerning these things.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10
Read Psalm 33
TAI: This psalm is a hymn of praise. While we may not know the specific occasion for the psalm nor the author, we know the ultimate inspiration was the Holy Spirit. The psalmist called on the righteous to praise the Lord because His Word is dependable and His work righteous. Make a list of all the things God’s Word accomplished. What are some of the other works of God referred to in this psalm? What are the benefits for those who trust in Him?
PP: The power of God’s word is on display in His creation. Have you ever pondered the idea that God existed before time and He spoke all creation into existence (vs 9, Titus 1:2)? While we cannot physically see God, we can see what He has created; and we should praise His awesome power. While we contemplate how big God is, we are humbled to realize how small and insignificant we are. Yet we are assured that He loves us, and we can hope and trust in Him.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11
Read Hebrews 1:5-14
TAI & PP: Pastor Dana is continuing his sermon series, “So Much Better”, highlighting the supremacy of Christ above all others. In this passage, Christ is compared to the angels. Can you identify all the ways in which Christ is superior? What does Christ do in contrast to what the angels do? Who worships whom? Who serves whom? Who sits on the throne? Who creates? Who was created? The contrast becomes quite clear that Jesus Christ is superior and worthy of our worship. Pray for Pastor Dana as he preaches through verses 5-14 today.