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 9-15
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, OCTOBER 9
Read John 7
TAI: From the ESVSB, “The Jewish Feast of Booths, also called Tabernacles, was celebrated in Sept or Oct, two months prior to the Feast of Dedication…people lived in leafy shelters to remember God’s faithfulness to Israel during her wilderness wanderings…also a time of celebration and thanksgiving for the harvest.” Note the intense interaction of the people, “is this the Christ?” Notice also the promise Jesus gives in vv. 38-39. You have a river of life!
PP: We trust in a faithful God! Express your praise to him, perhaps with a song (Great Is Thy Faithfulness). Thank God for sending his Son as our Savior and Redeemer. Thank him also for the River of Life, his Holy Spirit, which dwells in every believer. Ask God to fill you today with his Spirit and help you walk by the Spirit.
Pray for our hurting nation, from those devastated by the hurricanes to those deeply impacted by the murder spree in Las Vegas. Pray for spiritual renewal and revival in our land.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10
Read John 8
TAI: Memorize v. 12. John keeps emphasizing “his hour had not yet come” to remind the reader that the timing of the cross was God’s timing, and not man’s. God the Father and God the Son are the two witnesses that Jesus speaks truth! There are so many statements to ponder in these paragraphs! Meditate on “unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins” and “abide in my word” and “the truth will set you free” and “everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.” Reflect also on what Jesus teaches about the devil, and “I am.”
PP: Thank God for the amazing and powerful gospel of John! Praise the name of Jesus, the Light of the World. Pray through that list of amazing statements from this chapter, one at a time. Ask God to help you abide in God’s word, and live in freedom and hope, rather than slavery. Exalt the great “I am.” Praise God that he is far greater than the devil, and that the final victory belongs already to Jesus.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11
Read John 9
TAI: A true “mud in your eye” miracle from the Light of the World, Jesus, that “the works of God might be displayed.” For whom was this Sabbath miracle a problem? Why? How does this beautiful work of grace become a political football? In the end, what does the Lord Jesus reveal to the man born blind? And what does he reveal about the Pharisees? Are there religious people today who respond poorly to the gospel message and changed lives? Ponder this.
PP: ”Once I was blind, but now I can see! The light of the world is Jesus.” Sing it or say it, with praise in your heart for Jesus. Thank him for changing your spiritually blind eyes with his gospel light. Rejoice that God is still in the heart transplant business, and pray for the people on your Sacred 7 list. Ask God to open a door for your witness for Jesus Christ today.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12
Read John 10
TAI: Suggestion as you read this chapter: search and listen to Fernando Ortega’s wonderful song, “I Am the Good Shepherd” on YouTube. Memorize vv. 9-11. Ponder the implications of v. 16. As you reflect on v. 18, consider the association of authority with the cross and resurrection of Jesus. Memorize also vv. 27-28. “I and the Father are one.” Consider this awesome truth concerning the deity of Jesus Christ and the Trinity. What made the Jewish religious authorities want to stone Jesus or at least arrest him?
PP: Is Jesus your Good Shepherd? Is he the door through which you have entered into the kingdom family of God? Have you heard his voice and responded in faith, believing? If these are true, pray a prayer of praise and thanksgiving to God! Pray for those in your sphere of relationships who do not know Jesus Christ as their Good Shepherd and living Lord and God. Ask God to give them a new heart, a heart that beats for Jesus, believes and loves him.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13
Read Luke 11:1-13
TAI: This wonderful, simple prayer is a grand example for us. Jot down your thoughts on each part:
Hallowed be your name
Your kingdom come
Give us each day our daily bread
Forgive us our sins as we forgive
Lead us not into temptation.
Ponder also Ask, Seek and Knock. And “how much more.” These are marvelous truths about our heavenly Father and prayer!!
PP: Simply pray through this model prayer of Jesus, line by line and phrase by phrase. Ask, seek, and knock, knowing of these precious promises of Jesus concerning prayer. How much more! Hallelujah!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14
Read Luke 12
TAI: Define hypocrisy. Whom shall we truly fear? And why should we fear not? And why should we not live in fear about what we would say if persecutors prosecuted us for Jesus’s sake? Are you tempted to think that possessions are the key to happiness? Do you struggle with anxiety about life? Consider the lilies! On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you wrestle with worry? Memorize v. 34. What should we be doing when Jesus comes again?
PP: So many practical questions about daily living! Hypocrisy, fear, possessions, anxiety and worry: pray through each of these, laying out before the Lord your “heart condition.” Praise God that as his child, he will give you the kingdom! Ask God to help you be faithful to the end of life, whether death or the return of Christ.
Pray for each teacher who will guide us into God’s word tomorrow, whether for children, youth, or adults.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15
Read Joshua 8
TAI & PP: Now the battle fortunes change, and Ai falls to the army of Israel. What shrewd battle plan led to this great victory?
Then the occasion of the victory becomes the context for renewing the covenant commitment of the people with God and his word. What was the nature of this renewal? How, in a similar way, ought we to be renewed in our faith covenant with God?
Pray for spiritual renewal and revival in our land today. Our culture is wayward and far from God! Ask God to visit our world with the renewing power of the Holy Spirit! Ask God for a time of great spiritual harvest, with gospel victories galore! And pray for spiritual renewal for us at Faith Baptist Fellowship.