Bible Readings: June 19-25
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 19-25
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, JUNE 19
Read 1 Kings 15:25-33
TAI: In chapter 14 Ahijah prophesied the stunning fall of the house of Jeroboam, because of the leader’s wickedness. This reading tells of the sad and bitter fulfillment of that prophecy. Any notion that God doesn’t really care about idolatry and wickedness is certainly dispensed with in these sad verses. Since Baasha carried out the judgment against Jeroboam’s family, one might think he would rule righteously, but no, it was not to be. Oh, how we need Jesus!
PP: The wickedness and violence of this time in Israel’s history may well remind us of the troubled times we live in today. Violence and rebellion seem to be on the rise. Let us pray, heartfelt prayers asking God to move among us in power and glory. Pray for Christ followers to live holy lives of love. Pray for yourself, your family, and our church. Father, send a revival, and start that work in me! Help me to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others, and move in their heart by your Spirit. I put my HOPE in YOU ALONE! Amen.
TUESDAY, JUNE 20
TAI: What a tragedy for Israel is the reign of Ahab – ponder v. 33. Read Joshua 6:26 (and the ESV Study Bible note on v. 34 if you can). What did Elijah prophecy? Where did he go afterward, and how did God care for him? The account with the widow and her son is a stark contrast: the miracle of God’s provision for them followed by the heartbreak of the son’s death. Note the demonstrated, intense way that Elijah prayed. The writer is preparing us for a showdown – the prophet vs. the wicked King and his Queen.
PP: Is there anything that God cannot do? He is able to do more than we ask or imagine, according to his will. In light of James 5, pray to our Father in heaven and ask boldly for his grace, power, and fullness in your life. Pray large, kingdom-minded prayers. Pray for our church and the 3 Directives being worked on. Ask God to enable us by his Spirit to be a holy people of kingdom impact. You are a man or woman not unlike Elijah! Pray to the King!
Pray for your Sacred 7 list and for our Gospel Toolbelt series.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21
Read 1 Kings 18 What a chapter! Don’t miss this one!
TAI: The stunning confrontation we have anticipated arises: it is Elijah (representing the true, living God) versus Ahab (and the evil prophets of Baal). The heart of the matter is captured in v. 21. As it relates to your own life, ponder that verse. Are you limping between two opinions? Read and relish all the vivid detail of this amazing spiritual conflict. It is God vs. Idolatry. It is one man vs. 450 Baal prophets. It is truly good vs. evil. God is the victor. And then the rain!
PP: Pray a prayer of devotion to God, telling him that you refuse to limp between two opinions! Affirm that there is no other allegiance in your life, only your faith in him. Ask God to fill you with his fullness, power, love, and truth. Pray a prayer of praise in Jesus’ name. What victory over sin and evil can God give you today?
THURSDAY, JUNE 22
Read 1 Kings 19
TAI: After one of the greatest victories over evil ever recorded, the prophet is filled with fear! He flees from the Queen’s threats. How does God nourish him in his fatigue and hunger? How is Elijah’s perspective skewed? In what forms did God “pass by” Elijah? In what way did God speak to him? What did Elijah learn? What instructions – new marching orders – did God relay to Elijah? What lessons can we learn here about fear, fatigue, and trusting God?
PP: Thank God for all the ways he nourishes and strengthens you. Ask him to help you trust him completely in your present circumstances, whatever they may be. Father, what are your current marching orders for me? How do you want me to serve, use my spiritual gifts, and love those around me? If there are things that cause you fear, tell God about them and express your trust in him.
FRIDAY, JUNE 23
Read 1 Kings 20
TAI: Contrary to Elijah’s mistaken belief that he alone is faithful, this account reveals that other prophetic voices also speak during Ahab’s reign. The occasion is King Ahab’s wars with the Syrian Ben-hadad. Ahab is victorious, but he is also arrogant and rather clueless in dealing with his enemy, and the result is a pronounced judgment against him. How is the judgment delivered? While we do not fight against Ben-hadad, with whom do we do battle? What is the risk if we do not take our enemy seriously?
PP: Let us not be arrogant nor clueless about the ways of our sworn enemy, Satan. He would lull us to sleep and believe that we have nothing to be concerned about—watch out! He is a roaring lion seeking to gobble us up—I Peter 5:8-9. Let us resist, firm in our faith! Pray a prayer thanking God for his armor, and putting it on piece by piece. Ask him for gracious protection from harm and for the fullness of his Holy Spirit for the daily spiritual battle.
SATURDAY JUNE 24
TAI: The text shows two leaders trying to work together but from differing perspectives. Jehoshaphat wants to inquire of the Lord; Ahab inquires of his false prophets. Jehoshaphat questions Ahab’s prophetic choice, but when another prophetic perspective arrives, Ahab rejects the word of God. This leads to a crushing (anticipated) result and the prophecy of 21:19 fulfilled. Ponder the serpentine ways of King Ahab, and what wicked and unholy leadership looks like, and how it always ends up. Oh God spare us!
PP: Pray for our nation. Pray for our leaders. Admit that there is much wickedness and sin in our land, confess it openly to God and ask him to spare us his judgment and turn us to him. Affirm that our trust and hope whoever is not “in chariots or horses” (human might and government) but rather in the name of the Lord our God. God be merciful to us, we pray, and send us a heaven-sent revival! You alone are our hope and salvation! To you alone we pray. Amen.
Additional Readings: Jeremiah 42:1-6
SUNDAY, JUNE 25
Read John 6:1-59
TAI & PP: Jesus gives physical bread to hungry people, then declares that he is the true Bread of Life. He also walks on water! Jot down insights from your reading on who Jesus is, and what he promises.
Then pray for our services today, and for our Gospel Toolbelt summer. Have you been practicing sharing the Bridge to life illustration? Have you been praying for lost people, and for opportunities to share your faith? Have you worked on your testimony, so that you can share it with others? Pray about ALL THESE THINGS! Please, please pray!