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 June 12-18
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, JUNE 12
Read 1 Kings 10:14-29
TAI: In this section, the blessing of God is portrayed in the chronicling of Solomon’s enormous wealth, his God-given wisdom, and the renown and respect he enjoyed. The question, which the writer seems to be setting up in the reader’s mind, is “Will Solomon remain true to the Lord with all this gold and renown?”
What does the NT teach concerning how wealth is to be used? Read I Timothy 6:17-19, for example. Why is wealth a danger?
PP: Thank God for being your “Jehovah Jireh” (that is, your Provider). Thank him for meeting your needs and the needs of your family. Ask him for wisdom in handling your earthly things, including money and possessions. Ask him to give you a generous and giving spirit, and to help you focus not on earthly things but eternal treasures (Matthew 6:19-21). Thank God for providing the finances needed for our church family, both our local ministry and our “hands and feet” around the world. Pray for wise use of funds.
TUESDAY, JUNE 13
Read 1 Kings 11:1-40
TAI: Alas, Solomon’s compromises cost him dearly. He very directly disobeys the clear instruction of God. What led him astray? Reflect on the reality that intermarriage with pagans led to compromises of truth. Ponder v. 25 in light of the current and ongoing tensions in the Middle East between Israel and Syria. Solomon’s disobedience reverberates to this very day. David had sinned, yet is commended; what is the difference between David and Solomon his son? One bitter fruit of Solomon’s sin will be a divided kingdom.
PP: So often moral decay in a people begins with sexual sin. Are you free of sexual sin and living an upright life? Confess your sin to the Lord. Repent! Turn again to God! Ask him to keep you morally and sexually pure. Tell God of your commitment to love him only and serve only the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray for a mighty move of God in the U.S., in Israel and all the Middle East, and truly in “all nations” (all the ethne, or people groups around the world).
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14
Read 1 Kings 11:41-43 Be sure to read the chs. in Ecclesiastes
TAI: Having read now the accounts of both Solomon’s enormous success and his disastrous disobedience to God, what light is shed as you read and ponder Ecclesiastes 1 and 12? What is meant by vanity? (A good Study Bible like the ESV will be of great help in understanding.) Was Solomon’s problem really his wisdom and understanding? Or was it something else? Read Psalm 90 (special attention to vv. 10-12) and consider why it is healthy to keep death in view. We too will sleep with our fathers!
PP: Plead with God to help you be filled with the Holy Spirit and walk uprightly. Acknowledge that you need his grace and fullness to walk in the obedience of faith. Thank God for the helpful warning that comes with studying the lives of David and Solomon. What are your greatest struggles? Tell God about them, and trust in him.
THURSDAY, JUNE 15
Read 1 Kings 12:1-24
TAI: Here is a fascinating interplay between the folly of man and the sovereignty of God. Rehoboam takes counsel from two contrary positions. What are they? Which counsel does he take? Yet, ultimately, where did that turn of events come from (see v. 15)? The kingdom divides once again, in fulfillment of God’s word to Solomon. Notice: consistently, division follows disobedience.
PP: Ultimately, God is the sovereign ruler over all. Rehoboam’s foolishness was his own (in the penultimate sense) but also fulfilled the will of God. Ask God to protect you from the harm of foolish choices. Tell him of your desire to live a life of consistency, obeying his word and living a life pleasing to him. Ask God to protect our church from harmful division. Pray for our nation as well, which seems to be so bitterly divided into blue and red.
FRIDAY, JUNE 16
Read 1 Kings 12:25-33
TAI: What motivated Jeroboam’s actions in this section? Study line by line and make a list of all the sins committed by Jeroboam here. Try not to miss any! What lessons can we take to heart from this sad list?
Be sure to read also the heartbreaking additional readings.
PP: It seems from our readings on the kings that rebellion toward God leads to paranoia. Confess any paranoia you have to God! Paranoia and trust in God cannot go together. Consider your list of Jeroboam’s sins, and pray through them. Any idols to acknowledge? Any other sins to confess? Pray the truth of Proverbs 3:5-6. Tell God of your great desire to trust him completely with all your heart. Ask God for grace to shepherd your family in godliness.
SATURDAY JUNE 17
Read 1 Kings 15:1-24
TAI: The effort to keep track of all the kings of Israel and Judah in this sad period can be difficult. A good chart can help (see the ESV Study Bible). The main point seems to be this: some continued the rebellious ways, and others sought to walk with God in upright ways, though not as completely and thoroughly as they should have (see vv. 11-14). What lessons can we learn from this unhealthy pattern? Why is it so crucial to walk completely with the Lord, trusting him and obeying his commands?
PP: “Heavenly Father, I see the sad pattern of disobedience in the divided kingdom, and I want to be different! Like David, I want to walk in your ways, and when rebuked for any sin, I want to fully repent and look to your mercy (v. 5). Father, keep me from having a divided heart! Forgive me for toying with the world and its ways. Thank you for Jesus, my Savior, and for the Holy Spirit you have given to live in me. Help me to teach transgressors your ways!”
SUNDAY, JUNE 18
Read John 4:1-42
TAI & PP: What was unique about the woman at the well? What grabs your attention as you read the account of Jesus’s encounter with her? Explain what Jesus meant by living water. What kind of worshipers does God the Father seek? Would you say you worship in spirit and in truth? It’s a vital question! Who does Jesus reveal himself to be? Why are the disciples marveling?
Important for our Gospel Toolbelt this Sunday, what causes many Samaritans to believe in Jesus?
What is your testimony? Today’s Tool is a personal testimony of what Jesus Christ has done for you.
Ask God to use your personal testimony to help others come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior and Messiah. Pray for our Gospel Toolbelt series.