Bible Readings: January 15-21

Faith Bible Reading 2018 & 21 Days of Prayer

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 Jan 15-21

Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points


Read Genesis 31

TAI: The drama of Jacob’s quest for a wife from his father’s kinsmen, which brought him not one but two wives and a long sojourn to get them, now comes to a close. How did God convince Jacob that it was time to leave Laban? What did Rachel do by stealth as they prepared to depart? What kept Laban from trying to harm Jacob? How was the impasse resolved? What do we learn from their covenant and the names they gave the place? Reflect on areas of your life currently where you aren’t sure what God is doing, yet are trusting him to guide you by his grace and power.

PP: Do you trust God to lead you and guide you through the long life journey? Express your trust in the Lord. Ask God for his guidance (you might pray the words of the great hymn, Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah). Thank God and praise him for his willingness to enter into a covenant with you by faith in Jesus Christ.

21 Days: Pray for the pastors and staff of FBF. Ask God to give them a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him; that they would be strengthened with power through his Spirit (Eph. 1:17; 3:16).

Additional readings: Matthew 5:33-46; Acts 8:1-25; Psalm 13


Read Genesis 32-33

TAI: The departure of Jacob to return home prompts a concerning question: How will Esau receive him? After all, Jacob had stolen his brother’s birthright. What news heightens Jacob’s worry about his brother? What did Jacob pray? And how did he plan? With whom was Jacob wrestling? How do you know? After all of Jacob’s preparations, how did Esau receive him? As you reflect on these two chapters, what lessons of faith ought we to take to heart?

PP: Prayer is often a kind of wrestling with God! We are asking for things, when God wants to give us HIMSELF above all else! What do you need to “wrestle” with God about today? Tell him what is on your heart and mind. Give him your worries and fears. Ask for his grace and peace and blessing.

21 Days: Pray for your neighbors. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Pay for opportunities to make connections and ways to show God’s love in practical ways.

Additional readings: Matthew 6:1-15; Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 14


Read Genesis 34-35

TAI: This chapter ought to fill us with grief. The rape of Dinah and the bitter deceit and retribution of her brothers is nothing to celebrate. The name of God does not appear in this chapter. Yet, in the divine plan of God, the sins of men occasion God’s direction of his children and they do not settle among the Canaanites at Shechem. They move on to Bethel, where Jacob becomes Israel. In ch. 35 God cleanses the people of idols, protects them from harm, and we observe the deaths of Rachel and Isaac.

PP: The hymn writer Wm Cowper wrote the lines, “God moves in a mysterious way, his wonders to perform.” Acknowledge to God that at times his ways are a mystery, but that you trust his hand to guide you through the perils of the present day.

21 Days: It is crucial that our giving to Stepping Forward be over and above our regular, faithful giving so that salaries, missionary support, operations, and regular programs can be provided. Ask God to provide!

Additional Readings: Matthew 6:16-24; Acts 9:1-19; Psalm 15


Read Genesis 36

TAI: This chapter appears to be a bridge between the narrative of Jacob and the upcoming narrative of Joseph. It tells the story of Esau’s people in the land of Edom (south and southeast of the Dead Sea). While on the surface there seems little to apply to our lives from this, remember: God knows every person’s name and their place. He has placed you where you are, given you your name, and has a plan and purpose for your life! He has not forgotten you.

PP:  “Heavenly Father, as you moved Jacob and Esau and their families, giving them dwelling places and providing for them, so you have a place for me! You will provide for me. Thank you God. I trust in you. Thank you for calling me into your forever family by faith in Jesus Christ, and for giving me the Holy Spirit.”

21 Days: Pray for our Kingdom Opportunities and Share Teams, which do a terrific job connecting our church family with needs in our community. They enable us to be the hands and feet of Jesus intersecting with the needs that are all around us.

Additional Readings: Matthew 6:25-34; Acts 9:20-34; Psalm 16


Read Genesis 37-38

TAI: God gave to Joseph a prophetic dream. (Remember it as we progress through the story.) Why did his brothers hate him? How did the brothers conspire to send Joseph to Egypt? How did they fool their father? The unrighteousness continues in Genesis with the story of Judah’s family and Tamar. In all these machinations and unrighteous behaviors, what is God doing?

PP: “Heavenly Father, only you in your sovereign grace and divine foreknowledge could use the evil hearts of Joseph’s brothers to send him to Egypt so that years later he could protect your people from starvation! What a mighty God you are!”

21 Days: Pray for those (maybe you!) prayerfully considering being part of our launch team for the second site on the west side. Ask God to meet every need for launching this third service of Faith in a new location.

Additional Readings:  Matthew 7:1-14; Acts 10:1-23; Psalm 17


Read Genesis 39-40

TAI: What was the key to Joseph’s success? Joseph stands out from his brothers in that he steadfastly refuses sexual sin. Why does he refuse? What happens when Joseph is unjustly thrown into prison? What is the lesson in this? Joseph, who had had his own dreams, now is given the gift to interpret the dreams of others. Describe the two dreams and their interpretations.

PP: “Heavenly Father, again and again the Scripture shows that your hand was upon Joseph, and that he was faithful to walk in obedient faith. Please keep your hand upon me and my family, and help me to walk daily in the obedience of faith, trusting you! Keep me from sin, and fill me with your Holy Spirit. Use me in whatever way you choose, for your honor and glory.”

21 Days: Pray for revival and spiritual awakening in our city of Sioux Falls and Minnehaha and Lincoln counties. Ask the Lord of the Harvest to send out laborers into this harvest field (Luke 10:2).

Additional Readings: Matthew 7:15-29; Acts 10:24-48; Psalm 118:1-24


Read Matthew 6:19-34 Lay up TREASURE in heaven!

TAI & PP: Describe the context of Jesus’s command to lay up treasures in heaven (where does Jesus say it? what comes before and after in the message?). What is the relationship between giving and anxiety? Why is it foolish to accumulate a lot of treasures on earth?

Pray for Pastor Dana as he preaches on the TREASURE part of our January series on God-honoring stewardship. Ask God for wisdom and grace to “lay up treasures in heaven” which cannot corrode or be stolen.

21 Days: Pray for grace and wisdom for yourself as you consider what God would have you give to the Stepping Forward special giving opportunity, both an initial gift and then through the three years 2018-2020.