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 27-Dec 3
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27
Read Acts 8:1-3 and 9:1-31
TAI: Transformation! This is the amazing message of the gospel, that in Jesus Christ we can be transformed by the renewing of our hearts and minds. How did Saul start out? What brought about his extraordinary change of life? Ponder vv 15-16. If you were Ananias, would you have wanted to go to Saul? Imagine the mixed feelings of the believers who encountered this former persecutor of Christians. How would Saul have “proved” (v. 22) that Jesus was the Christ? Have you experienced gospel transformation?
PP: Pray a prayer of thanksgiving for the gracious way God has impacted your life through the gospel. Thank God that the proof that Jesus is the Messiah and Savior is both in the truth of the Scriptures and in the testimony of powerfully changed lives like that of Saul/Paul. Pray for our church through v. 31: that we live in peace, are built up, and walk in the fear of the Lord and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Pray for our Stepping Forward giving opportunity.
Additional readings: Galatians 1:10-24
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28
Read Acts 11:19-30
TAI: The Antioch church will be crucial in the Lord’s plan to spread the gospel to all the peoples of the earth, Jews and Gentiles. That begins here with this initial response to the gospel. Are you a Barnabas, “good…full of the Holy Spirit and faith” and willing to go where God calls you? Do you live your Christian life “with steadfast purpose” and faithfulness? Notice here the first of many relief offerings to the needy, a staple of believers everywhere.
PP: Pray for the continuous spread of the gospel to all the peoples of the world. Thank God for moving upon the Gentiles by his Spirit, something we benefit from and participate in to this very day. Ask God to help you be a Barnabas-like believer, encouraging others, full of the Spirit and faith, faithful and of steadfast purpose to glorify the Lord Jesus! Pray for our Faith Share Team.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29
Read Acts 13
TAI: The first missionary journey! The world Christian movement begins in earnest as God moves upon the Antioch church. What was this church like? How and when did God move? On the journey, immediate spiritual warfare ensues, with a magician. Trace through the message of Paul at the synagogue. How does he weave together the biblical narrative and what OT scriptures does he use in his message? What was the impact in that message? Why were the disciples filled with joy and the Spirit?
PP: Rejoice that God has included some from every tribe and tongue and nation in his salvation plan! Pray for missionaries spreading the gospel to the world. What part in this does God have planned for you personally? Pray through Ephesians 6:10-20 in recognition of daily spiritual battle. How is the evil one attacking in your life? Pray! Pray for the launch of our west-side site in 2018.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30
Read Acts 14
TAI: What division brought turmoil at Iconium? What miracle so astounded the people at Lystra that Barnabas and Paul were called Zeus and Hermes? How did those men respond to this idolatry? What ongoing ministry did Paul and Barnabas have in that region, even after suffering severe persecution? Are you prepared to stand fast in tribulation? What did those men do at every new church? The first missionary journey ends with a praise report to Antioch!
PP: This marvelous chapter ends with a report of “all that God had done with them.” What has God been doing with you lately? Praise him! Thank him! Take a moment to think about God’s great grace in your life, and pray a prayer of rejoicing. Ask then for strength and faith to stand firm in the face of trials, and even to rejoice in them. Praise God for appointing elders for our church, and intercede for them now. They often carry a heavy burden, yet with rejoicing.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1
Read Acts 15:1-35
TAI: Read through this account of the Jerusalem council twice. Then write a paragraph summarizing it.
PP: Once again we rejoice that the gospel is not just for Jews, or for a select group of Gentiles, but for all, Jews and Gentiles of all nations, who turn to Jesus and trust in him for salvation. We praise God for protecting the gospel from harm, and for preserving the truth of salvation by grace through faith for all who believe. Pray for your Sacred 7! Pray for your witness in love to lost people.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2
Read Acts 15:36-41
TAI: What are we to make of this sharp disagreement? Among people, even brothers and sisters in Christ, this happens. But as a result, in the sovereign grace of God, one team of missionaries became two teams! Later we learn that Paul and Mark’s relationship was restored as well. The ministry continued, and the churches were strengthened. Thanks be to God.
PP: We can rejoice that perfection is not the standard, because that would disqualify all of us! God is kind to work powerfully through our weakness. “Father, your power is revealed as the gospel goes forward through weak people like us! Continue to spread your praise to all the nations, all the peoples, through your chosen instruments, imperfect as we are. And help us to mend broken relationships and be agents of reconciliation to your honor and glory in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!”
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3
Read Luke 1:1-25
TAI & PP: Fearless. That is the name of our Advent series of messages. Again and again, in the accounts of the birth of our Lord, and the days leading to it, the message of the angels is “Fear not.” These are frightening days. There is much that could cause us to fear. But with Jesus, we too can hear the voice of the angel, the voice of the Lord, the voice of the Scriptures, saying to us, “Fear not.” The Father has provided!
Pray for Pastor Dana as he opens the Scriptures for the first Advent message in the Fearless series. Ask the Lord to use these four messages, and the music of Christmas, and the message of Jesus Christ our Lord, to help you be FEARLESS in facing the future.