Bible Readings: January 8-14

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 8-14

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

MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 2018

Read Genesis 18-20

TAI: In what form does the Lord appear to Abraham? What does Sarah overhear that causes her to chuckle? Why? What do we learn about intercession from the 2nd half of ch. 18? The next two chapters are jammed with amazing, sometimes troubling detail. How is God merciful to Lot? How does God protect Sarah from Abraham’s foolishness? In these two chapters, what do we learn about God’s character and judgment?

PP: What did you learn about intercessory prayer from ch. 18? Apply that now! Intercede for others in your family and sphere of influence. Express the wise fear of the Lord for his holiness, judgment and power. Ask God to protect you from foolish decisions and to give you grace and wisdom for a life of faith, hope, and love. 21 Days of Prayer: Pray for the Management Team led by Jeff Braak. This faithful group, with help from Pastor Dave Vilhauer, manages day-to-day care of our property and helps the Master Planning Team in the development of improvement plans.

Additional readings: Matthew 4:1-11; Acts 4:23-37; Psalm 7

TUESDAY, JANUARY 9

Read Genesis 21-23

TAI: The fulfillment of God’s promise – Isaac is born. What does his name mean? How is Abraham’s family divided? How does God show his providential care to Hagar and her son? Note the emphasis on prayer in v. 33. Ch. 22 is an extraordinary, prophetic foreshadowing of the cross and the gospel. How are we introduced to substitutionary atonement? Notice the missionary implications of v. 18! We are given a fascinating view of a different culture and its negotiations as Abraham buries Sarah his wife in ch. 23.

PP: Praise God as the Promise-fulfiller and as Jehovah Jireh, “The God who provides” in these chapters. Praise and thank him for his gracious kindness toward you and your family in fulfilling his promises and providing for you. Praise him especially for providing his Son Jesus as your Substitute, the Lamb of God, to pay for your sins.

21 Days: Pray for the developing Care Diaconate and our new Interim Care Coordinator Greg Friesner as teams are put together.

Additional readings: Matthew 4:12-17; Acts 5:1-16; Psalm 8

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10

Read Genesis 24

TAI: Another fascinating glimpse of another time and culture! Notice that a vow is made by placing the hand under the thigh.  Reflect on the amazing prayer of Abraham’s servant (vv. 12-14). Notice who gets the glory for answered prayer. This is a superb example of God’s providential leading in the fulfillment of his promises and his will. What can we learn from this chapter that applies to our own life journey? Note the prominence of prayer.

PP: Rejoice in prayer at the providence of God! He is able to do even more than we ask or imagine.

21 Days: Ask God to lead families and individuals as we prayerfully contemplate what God would have us give to the Stepping Forward giving opportunity. Pray for God’s provision for the exciting 26th and Tea-Ellis Road building.

Additional Readings: Matthew 4:18-25; Acts 5:17-42; Psalm 9

THURSDAY, JANUARY 11

Read Genesis 25-26

TAI: Aren’t these fascinating chapters? What was the prophecy concerning the twins born to Isaac and Rebekah? How was that word from God fulfilled? What parallel do we observe between Isaac and his father? Ponder the amazing role of Abimelech in this book. How did God bless Isaac? Note: today people quarrel over water rights also! Amid all the blessing ch. 26 ends on a bitter note. What observations can we make about families from this book?

PP:  Express to God your amazement and thanks for the detailed way he preserved the story of Abraham and his offspring for us. Thank God also that this story will ultimately culminate in the birth of Jesus as the Messiah and Savior! Pray for your family, in all its complexity. Ask God to work powerfully in each family member’s life.

21 Days: Ask our Heavenly Father to give us boldness in sharing our faith with others. “Father, give us fruit as we speak the gospel and declare what Jesus Christ has done for us.” Pray for loved ones and friends who need Jesus.

Additional Readings: Matthew 5:1-12; Acts 6; Psalm 10

FRIDAY, JANUARY 12

Read Genesis 27-28

TAI: The cultural and family complexities continue. Today our legal system would not allow such a deception to stand; however, we are reading of a much different time. Ultimately, this is God’s providence fulfilling all that had been prophesied: “the older will serve the younger.” How did the two prophetic “blessings” to Jacob and Esau differ? What was Esau’s response? How did God speak to Jacob when he had a rock for a pillow at Bethel (the house of God)?

PP: Life is full of twists and turns, and ultimately we must trust in God and bend our knee to his power, plan, and authority. Submit yourself and your family to God. Pray Proverbs 3:5-6.

21 Days: pray for our FBF Elder Council and chairman Mark Hecht. These are crucial days for wise shepherding of our church family!

Additional Readings:  Matthew 5:13-20; Acts 7:1-38; Psalm 11

SATURDAY, JANUARY 13

Read Genesis 29-30

TAI: What in the world is God doing? You might be asking that question! Laban’s deception of Jacob, Jacob marrying sisters, conceiving of children by the servants: these are all things we find curious and even immoral. One of the Bible’s clear lessons is “all have sinned” and yet God works powerfully through flawed people. God gives Jacob 12 sons and creates 12 tribes. God gives Joseph as a Deliverer for his people Israel; he also prefigures the ultimate Deliverer Jesus Christ. See the hand of God working through the sins and waywardness of people, and TRUST HIM. He is at work.

PP: “Heavenly Father, through these stunning turns of events in Genesis you were creating a people for yourself, a people through whom you would send your Son Jesus as the Savior and Redeemer. I trust you, I trust in your hand of providence, and I trust you also in the twists and turns of my own life.”

21 Days: Thank God for our worship teams, tech ministry (computer, audio and visual) and choir who so powerfully lead us into God’s presence for worship each week.

Additional Readings: Matthew 5:21-32; Acts 39-60; Psalm 12

SUNDAY, JANUARY 14

Read Matthew 25:14-46

TAI & PP: Today Pastor Jayson will continue our January launch series TIME TALENT TREASURE: God-honoring Stewardship. Reflect on the parable of the talents. Are you using your Spirit-given gifts in the body of Christ? Are you investing yourself in the kingdom work of Jesus Christ in our world? Ask God for wisdom in using your spiritual gifts and abilities for his glory, honor, and the edification of his church.

21 Days: Ask God to move us to give whole-heartedly so that the goals of Stepping Forward can be met: initial offering of $300,000 (toward remodeling, additional parking, and the 2nd site launch) plus additional funds over three years of $600,000 (funding the 2nd site and growth as the Lord allows).