Faith Bible Reading 2017
Our plan for 2017 will take you through the key stories of the Bible in one year. The plan calls for reading one chapter of Scripture a day for six days. There will also be additional readings from two other passages that are key cross references to the main chapter. This plan shows how the many individual accounts of the Bible make up one interconnected story-God’s Story. This reading plan is also online at www.ownit365.com. On Sunday, we will have a passage from the upcoming Sunday sermon along with questions for Faith Group discussion.
We also 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 2017 Dec 4-10
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, DECEMBER 4
TAI: Read all three passages about Timothy. What was unusual about him? Why did Paul circumcise him? Wasn’t this a compromise of the gospel (especially in light of Acts 15)? What do you think it means to “fan into flame the gift of God”? Do you do that yourself? Memorize II Timothy 1:7! Meditate for a while on the truths of the gospel as detailed in II Tim. 1:9-14.
PP: As you have meditated on the powerful “heart of the gospel” truths of II Timothy 1, now pray a prayer of praise and adoration to God based on those marvelous truths. Express to God your desire to “fan into flame” your spiritual life and gifts, and ask for his help. Pray for our efforts as a church to share the gospel with others, and pray by name for unsaved people in your sphere of influence (such as your Sacred 7). Pray for spiritual fruit from last night’s Christmas outreach, Back Porch Christmas. Did you bring someone? Pray for them. Ask God for wisdom in how you might follow up. Ask God to give you a heart like Timothy’s!
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5
Read Acts 16:6-40
TAI: Speculate: how do you think the Holy Spirit blocked their expected trips to Asia and Bithynia with the gospel? Why would the Spirit do so? How was it that Lydia, who had a heart for worship, got saved? What was the corrupt motivation of those who took advantage of the possessed slave girl? How were Paul and Silas passing the time in jail? Why would the jailer seek to kill himself? What did God use to bring about this man’s salvation, and that of his family? Why was their Roman citizenship a problem?
PP: “Heavenly Father, please guide me as you guided the apostles, to the places where you want me to fulfill your will. Bring a Lydia into my path today! Open the heart of someone to receive Jesus today, O God! Set captives free, both literally (those enslaved around the world) and spiritually. Protect me from evil people who would do me harm. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and use me today, O God my Father.” Pray for our jail and prison ministries.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6
Read Acts 17 An extraordinary chapter! Wow!
TAI: Write a brief description of what takes place in each locale:
What stands out to you about Paul’s Areopagus sermon?
PP: Ask God to help us turn the world upside down (v. 6)! Tell him you want to be an eager student of the Scriptures, a Berean. Pray through the Areopagus sermon, praying its truths and praying for many people today to meet Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Pray by name for someone God brought to mind as you read this sermon.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7
Read Acts 18:1-23
TAI: Why were Aquila and Priscilla in Corinth? What common ground did they have with Paul? How was Paul spending his “free” time at Corinth? What was the result? How does this section seem to align with the main themes of the book of Acts? How should vv. 9-10 build our own confidence in sharing with others about Jesus and the good news? As we read of the legal issues surrounding the gospel, Jewish religion and Roman rule, etc. we are reminded of our own day, when our freedom as believers is under legal attack.
PP: Isn’t it remarkable how God used pagan law to move Aquila and Priscilla to the place where they could best serve him! In the same way, God is moving (the worldwide refugee crisis, as just one example) to put believers into place to reach the nations with the good news! Praise him for this! Ask God to move his church into place to fulfill his will! Submit yourself to God’s leading; perhaps like Aquila and Priscilla he ordains to move you into place! Pray for our Stepping Forward giving opportunity and 3 Directives. Pray for freedom of faith in our nation to not be curtailed.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8
TAI: Can you explain who Apollos was? What do we learn about the ministry of Apollos when we compare Acts 18 with I Corinthians? Why is it misguided to quarrel over human teachers we follow? What is really most important? The most helpful teachers of the Bible are those who keep turning our attention to Jesus Christ and his gospel and the life-changing message of the Scriptures!
PP: Express thanks to God for teachers and preachers of the gospel who have turned your attention to Jesus Christ, the cross, and the resurrection. Pray for those at FBF who preach and teach the Bible. Pray that we will not be diverted to quarrels over human teachers, but rather keep our focus on Jesus Christ and sound doctrine.
Please pray through all 21 of our Stepping Forward prayer items.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9
Read Acts 19
TAI: The Spirit continues to be poured out on the Gentiles. From the ESVSB: “That they had not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit indicates they had not heard of the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost, and therefore they probably had not heard much of Jesus’ life and ministry, and certainly not of his death and resurrection…as followers of John they would have known his message that the Messiah would bring the Spirit.” Note p. 2125. Explain the incident with the Sons of Sceva. What was the impact of it? What caused the riot at Ephesus? What quelled the riot?
PP: Praise God for pouring out his Holy Spirit upon the Gentile peoples. Ask God to continue to move by his Spirit until every tribe and language group has a worshipping, witnessing church. Ask God to fill you today with his Spirit, so that you can testify to others of his grace and life-changing power. Rejoice in prayer that “greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.”
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10
Read Luke 1:26-80 Second in the FEARLESS Advent series
TAI & PP: Pray for Pastor Dana as he preaches on this second Sunday of Advent “do not be afraid” passage. One could certainly understand why Mary would be afraid when the angel of God visited her! Why does she not need to fear? Why should we fear the troubles of our own day, knowing that God has sent his Son, born of Mary, to be our Savior and Deliverer? What stands out to you about Mary’s song, often called The Magnificat? About Zechariah’s response to all these remarkable events?
“Come, thou long-expected Jesus!”