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 Oct 2-8
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, OCTOBER 2
Read Mark 7
TAI: What was the Corban tradition and how was it used to circum-vent the Mosaic law? The concern of Jesus is our heart condition, not externals. Ponder vv. 21-23 in light of this. What is your heart condition? Although the response of Jesus to the Gentile woman seems offensive at first, the outcome makes the point clearly: the blessing of Messiah’s arrival to Israel will in fact spill over in great blessing to all the peoples of the earth! Are you still astonished by the works and words of Jesus Christ?
PP: Tell God about the true condition of your heart. Are you joyful, angry, sad, lustful, delighted, hopeful, hurting, or thrilled? Tell God exactly how it is! Praise, confess, ask, thank, plead…whichever is appropriate. Remember that God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to humble people. Rejoice that the good news of Jesus Christ is for all peoples, and pray for the spread of the gospel to every tribe and tongue and people and nation. Be astonished at Jesus!
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3
Read Mark 8:1-26
TAI: ESVSB: “The feeding of the 4,000 shows that Jesus is the living bread of the Gentiles, since it likely occurred in Gentile territory.” Jesus warns his disciples concerning the Pharisees and Herod, but their minds are on their stomachs. It’s worthwhile pondering why Jesus healed the blind man in two stages. What are your thoughts? And why would he tell him not to enter the village? We like to think that we would have fully understood who Jesus was. Yet the disciples seem to come slowly to the realization. Why?
PP: Rejoice with the hymn writer: “Once I was blind, but now I can see! The light of the world is Jesus!” Pray a prayer of praise to God for opening your eyes to see the wonder of who Jesus is, the infinite God-man, the Son of God sent as Messiah and Deliverer: your Savior! Express to God your desire to fully know him and to be known by him.
Thank God for our terrific staff of gospel workers for The Gospel Project for Kids on Wednesday nights, led by Leanne Pulling and Kaya Hall under the shepherding of Angela Myers.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4
Read Matthew 16:13-28
TAI: This portion of Scripture makes clear that while Peter and the others were growing in their sense of who Jesus was, the picture for them was far from complete. Peter powerfully declares Jesus to be the promised Messiah, the Christ, but then rebukes Jesus for teaching them about his suffering, death, and resurrection. Reflect on the partial picture many people have of Jesus today.
Drink deeply of that last paragraph of the chapter, thinking about the implications for your own walk with God today.
PP: Now pray line by line through that paragraph: deny myself? Take up the cross and follow Jesus? Lose my life for Jesus’ sake? Gain the world and forfeit my soul? Jesus return!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5
Read Matthew 17
TAI: The Transfiguration: what do you think is the essential truth we should take from it? What does the appearance of Moses and Elijah confirm for us? How well do you listen to Jesus? Here is a vivid and nasty picture of the destructive influence of the demonic world; yet Jesus is greater in power and authority. Our need is to trust God completely! Twice in this chapter Jesus speaks of his coming death and resurrection. What is the point of the amazing “shekel in the fish” account of paying the tax?
PP: Jesus: what glory! Praise God and thank him for revealing the glory of Jesus Christ to you, as well as his power and authority. Thank God that Jesus is NOW at the right hand of the Father interceding for us. Ask God to help you listen carefully to Jesus through the word (Romans 10:17) and to trust him with your whole heart. Thank God for sending his Son to die in our place.
Pray for those facing hardship from recent disastrous storms.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6
Read Matthew 18
TAI: Do you find it easy or hard to humble yourself like a child before God? Ponder the terrible warning about those who lead children astray. Bible scholars agree Jesus is using overstatement to make a point when he talks about cutting off a hand or plucking out an eye; so, what point is he making? Further, what point is Jesus making about the 99 and the one? What is the basic building block of discipline in a church? What is the point Jesus makes with the parable of the unforgiving servant? How does it apply to you?
PP: In prayer, humble yourself before the Lord like a child. Ask God to increase your childlike faith. “Father, I do take sin and its effects very seriously! Help me flee from temptations, and walk with Jesus in holiness, by the power of your Spirit. Thank you for seeking me when I was lost, and saving me!” Is there anyone you struggle to forgive? Anyone you need to confront about sin? Tell the Lord.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7
Read Luke 10
TAI: Think through each of the “missionary instructions” Jesus gives to the 72. What surprises you? How would you summarize these instructions? How would these “woes” upon unrepentant cities apply today? Notice that any authority and power the disciples had was “in your name.” How beautiful to get a glimpse of Jesus rejoicing in his Father’s will! What does neighbor love look like? Do you enjoy showing mercy to others? Are you more of a Mary or a Martha?
PP: Ask the Lord to send out laborers for the harvest fields both locally (our west campus comes to mind!) and globally among the unreached peoples. Rejoice that your name is written in heaven! And praise God for revealing Jesus his Son to you. Ask God to show you “neighbors” who are in need of merciful love and the gospel. In your busy day, remember to stop and spend time at Jesus’ feet!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8
Read Joshua 7
TAI & PP: This is a sobering account, hard to read and full of sadness. It recounts a terrible defeat at the hands of an enemy; the questioning of the promise by Joshua; the exposure of sin in the camp of Israel; and the judgment of God upon Achan and his household because of his sin. Ponder these things:
- how the sin of one man brought about the death of many
- how ‘the wages of sin is death’
- the ‘trouble’ that sin and defiance of God’s will brings about
Then reflect on your own sin, and the amazing grace of God is sending Jesus to die in your place on the cross. Thank God for this grace! Sing the song!
Parents: this passage provides an occasion to teach your children about sin and its consequence, as well as God’s mercy and grace in Jesus Christ.