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 Nov 20-26
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Read Acts 5
TAI: Was the “great fear” that came upon the whole church (v. 11) a good thing or a bad thing? Was it the death of A & S that caused this fear, or something more? Verses 12-17 describe an amazing scene of “signs and wonders” done by the apostles. These wonders served to confirm that those who had been with Jesus and testified about him had the very power of God. Such a testimony concerning “the name” (Jesus) is found in vv. 29-32. Ponder this testimony, as well as the truth Gamaliel spoke. Have you rejoiced to be counted worthy to suffer for the name of Jesus?
PP: In yesterday’s worship services at Faith we joined with other believers around the world to pray for the persecuted church. Pray now again for those counted worthy to suffer for Jesus’s name. Tell the Lord that you love him with your whole heart, and that you will continue to testify to others of all that Jesus Christ has done for you. Praise God for his life-changing power and glory.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21
Read Acts 6
TAI: What dispute broke out between the Gentiles and the Jewish believers? Picking additional leaders for the church, what qualifications were the standard? What did the 12 want to protect in choosing more leaders? How were the additional leaders (probably deacons) commissioned? What set Stephen apart and made it difficult for the critics to be successful in refuting him? How did the opposition go about undermining him? What was it about Stephen that made his face angelic?\
PP: Every church needs leaders of various kinds. That is why God gives a variety of gifts to the church by his Spirit. Pray for our Elder Council at Faith. Pray for the development of our Care diaconate as well as the ongoing work of our ministry teams. Are you using your gifts? Pray also for the pastors and elders, that they protect their time in prayer and the word of God as strong priority. Ask God to fill us all, members and leaders, with the Holy Spirit and faith!
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22
Read Acts 7
TAI: It quickly becomes clear as Stephen preaches that this deacon knew his Torah! He brilliantly surveys the history of the Jewish people, Abraham to Joseph to Moses and on to Jesus Christ. What OT Scriptures does he quote along the way? After the extensive history lesson, what brings the wrath and anger of his listeners upon him? What did Stephen see before he was murdered? How does Dr. Luke (the author of Acts) tie this tragedy to the rest of his book? Ponder the extraordinary story that is unfolding here.
PP: Do you know your Bible like Stephen knew his? Praise God for the amazing way the Bible is one story from Genesis to Revelation, from Abraham to Christ. Ask God to help you understand it more fully. Rejoice in prayer also that when the time of your death comes, Jesus will receive you to glory! Pray for those who, like Stephen, are courageously declaring the truth of Jesus Christ.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Happy Thanksgiving!
Read Acts 8
TAI: Dr. Luke is preparing the reader for the amazing testimony of Saul/Paul’s transformed life. Why is Philip’s ministry in Samaria worth noting? The unique transitional nature of Acts continues, as now the Samaritans receive the Holy Spirit. What lessons do we learn from the story of Simon the magician? What passage in Isaiah was the Ethiopian reading? How did Philip use this passage to present the gospel to this eunuch? V. 38 is important to our understanding of baptism, for “they went down into the water.”
PP: There is so much here for which we must PRAISE and GLORIFY God: the good news of Jesus and coming of the Spirit to the Samaritans, as well as the salvation and baptism of the Ethiopian. The gospel is for all peoples! Ask God to fill us with his Spirit for the life and ministry to which we have been called. Ask God for wisdom to share the gospel like Philip did with the eunuch. Pray for the proclamation of the gospel to every people group in our lifetime!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24
Read Acts 10
TAI: The story of the gospel to all nations and peoples and not just to the Jews continues now with the Cornelius/Peter narrative. What did God want to teach Peter about the gospel through this amazing vision? What lessons did Cornelius learn about God and the gospel through this unfolding drama? [Note: Dr. Luke’s telling of this episode is truly beautiful and amazing—inspired of the Holy Spirit!] What lesson(s) would you say you have learned from your reading and reflection on this chapter?
PP: Jesus said, “Go, make disciples of all nations…” The word was ethne, or people groups. Pray for the spread of the gospel to all people groups in the world. Pray for the fullness of the Spirit for all who believe, and for the Spirit to open spiritually blind eyes to see the beauty of the cross and of Jesus Christ. Pray for your own personal witness to lost people. Pray for your Sacred 7!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25
Read Acts 12:1-24
TAI: This account of Peter’s imprisonment and deliverance is a favorite of Pastor Dana! Memorize v. 5, for it highlights the power of earnest prayer in a local church. Are we a house of prayer? Why do you think the praying believers responded to Rhoda with “you are out of your mind”? Do you ever find yourself shocked and surprised when God answers prayer in an amazing way? What idolatry led to the death of Herod?
PP: Think of a time when God’s answer to prayer surprised you. Thank him for that! Tell God that you want to GROW in earnest prayer, with the expectation that he will work in amazing ways (even if not always in the way you expect). Ask God to help us grow as a “house of prayer” at Faith Baptist Fellowship. Think of several prayer requests important to you and your family right now, and commit to earnest prayer about those things. God is able!
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26
Read Joshua 23-24
TAI & PP: Ponder some important truths from chapter 23. Ask yourself, from v. 6, am I committed to daily walking in the obedience of faith in Jesus Christ? And then, from v. 11, do I continue to love the Lord my God with all my heart? Rejoice also that the Lord fights for you, as found in v. 10. Delight also that this truth, from v. 14, continues to be true for the people of God, that “that not one word has failed of all the good things that the Lord your God promised concerning you.”
Then in chapter 24, ponder the well-known saying, from Joshua at the close of his life, in v. 15: choose this day whom you will serve and also as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Tell our heavenly Father that your choice is made: you will serve him and love him and walk daily with him! Pray this with your family today.