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 1-7
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, JANUARY 1, 2018
Read Genesis 1 & 2
TAI: In v. 2, created matter is “without form and void.” Then God proceeds to make the created world ready for a people, who are created on Day 6. Read and ponder each day’s creative work by God. God did not “rest” because he was tired, but because his creative work was complete, and to set the Sabbath standard for us. Ch. 2 then is like a “zoom lens” view of the creation of man and woman (day 6). God’s design for marriage is made clear. What a design! What a designer!
PP: Ponder the fact that God created you! Give him thanksgiving and praise for creation, as “the heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows his handiwork.” Thank God for his Sabbath design for our rest and worship; also for creating male and female, and for his marriage design. Pray for the marriages of those you love. 21 Days: Pray for families and individuals in our city and surrounding communities who do not know Jesus or have a church home. Ask the Father to help us find them and bring them in!
TUESDAY, JANUARY 2
Read Genesis 3& 4
TAI: The tree of the knowledge of good and evil, introduced in ch. 2, now becomes an important focal point. What was the essence of the temptation the serpent placed before Eve? How is this desire to be “like God” at the heart of our own struggle with sin? How is the gospel pictured in the curses found in ch. 3? How does the Father show grace to Adam and Eve in v. 21? Ponder “sin is crouching at the door.” What lessons can we learn from Cain and Abel?
PP: Sin. It’s as old as mankind. Yet God is gracious and has a plan to bruise the serpent’s head. Thank God for the good news of Jesus Christ. If the Spirit of God brings sin to mind that you have not confessed, confess it to him now, and rejoice in the cleansing of Christ’s blood. Ask God for grace to flee temptation and take his divine escape routes (I Corinthians 10:13). 21 Days: Pray for our Stepping Forward giving opportunity and chairs Dennis Cromwell and Matt Paulson. Ask God to give them wisdom and knowledge.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3
Read Genesis 5-8
TAI: What do you make of the extremely long lives described in ch. 5? What do we learn about God’s judgment in the story of Noah and the Ark? …about the covenant? Who shut the door of the Ark when the rains came? Do you find comfort in the phrase “But God remembered Noah…” in 8:1? After Noah builds an altar and offers sacrifice, what promise does God make? How does that promise impact our own thoughts about the future today?
PP: Reflect for a while on the Noah narrative of Genesis. Thank God for protecting human life from his divine judgment. Thank God for his promise to never completely destroy human life again. Rejoice in hope of eternal salvation! 21 Days: Ask our Heavenly Father to pour out a spirit of generosity and cheerful giving at Faith! Thank him for his provision for the just completed year.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 4
Read Genesis 9-11
TAI: As we saw with Genesis 2 as a “zoom lens” view of Day 6, so now ch. 9 is a “zoom lens” look at the covenant promise God gave to Noah and his family. Why does God establish strict laws concerning lifeblood? How does the rainbow confirm God’s promise? [Note: the ESV SB has a helpful comment on the curse of Canaan; worth reading!] How is Babel an example of the sinful pride of wanting to be “like God”? What judgment fell as a result of that pride?
PP: The laws concerning the blood remind us of the precious blood of Jesus shed on the cross. Oh what love the Father has shown us! Praise and thank him for Jesus and for the cross. Thank him as well for the rainbow as a sign of the promise. “Father, forgive my pride. I know pride is a root of all kinds of sin. I humble myself before you and acknowledge that my only hope is in trusting you completely!” 21 Days: Pray for our FBF Master Planning Team and chair Todd Holthaus. Ask the Lord our God to grant them wisdom in shepherding along our remodeling and parking expansion projects.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 5
Read Genesis 12-14
TAI: How old was Abram when God first revealed Himself to him and called him to move to a new location? What prompted Abram to build an altar by the oaks of Mamre? Why did Abram and Lot have to separate? Why did Abram have to go into battle? Who was king Melchizedek and what do we know about him? (Read more in Hebrews 7).
PP: Note the change in Abram from his fear of the Egyptians, when he lied about his wife, to his boldness in battle when rescuing his nephew, Lot. Abram was learning to trust in God. Pray for God to help you grow in this area as well. 21 Days: Pray for the 2nd Site Elder sub-team and Campus Pastor Jayson Wittrup. Ask the Father to clearly guide with regard to a westside location and launch team.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 6
Read Genesis 15 -17
TAI: God appears to Abram again, to re-emphasize the promise of blessing. How does Abram respond in Gen. 15:6 and why is this significant? (See also Romans 4) What idea did Sarai come up with to fulfill the promise of children? How did that turn out? God appears to Abram again to re-state His promise of blessing. How old is Abram now? God gives Abram the requirement of circumcision. What does this represent? Did circumcision save Abram?
PP: Its now been 24 years since God first promised Abram offspring that could not be numbered. Abram is still waiting but also still believing God. Remember that God’s timing is not our timing. Are you waiting on God to answer a prayer? Keep praying!
21 Days: Praise God and thank Him, for He indeed is our Jehovah Jireh, God our Provider!
SUNDAY, JANUARY 7
Read Psalm 90
TAI & PP: This Sunday we will begin a short three lesson Faith U series in the Fellowship Hall. We will discuss stewarding our Time, Talents and Treasures. This Sunday we will focus on stewarding our Time. As you read this passage reflect on the eternal nature of God-from everlasting to everlasting. God is not limited by time, but we are. The psalmist understands the limits of human existence. What is his request of the Lord? (vs 12) What does it mean to number our days? What is a heart of wisdom?
21 Days: Ask the Father to make the three years of Stepping Forward a time of spiritual growth and faith building for you personally. Pray that our Five Loves and Five Commitments would be true of your life during this time.