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 Sep 25-Oct 1
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
Read Matthew 10
TAI: What stands out to you as you read the 12 names? How would you summarize these instructions that Jesus gives the 12? Take some moments to reflect in particular on vv. 26-33; what portion of this great paragraph do you need to take to heart today? In v. 37 does Jesus have something against families? What do you think he is driving at? Memorize vv. 38-39.
PP: Review the chapter and pray as God’s Spirit prompts you. One word that comes to mind when reading this chapter is “priorities.” Ask God to help you align your priorities with his eternal kingdom. What idols may be usurping God’s preeminence in your life? Speak of them to God. Have you ever felt “hated by all” because of your faith in Christ and allegiance to his kingdom? Pray now for the persecuted Christian believers around the world to have courage and the fullness of the Holy Spirit in their struggle.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
Read Matthew 11:25-30
TAI: Read this paragraph several times. What does it reveal about the sovereignty of God? What does it reveal about how we should respond to God’s gospel? Does v. 28 come to you as a breath of fresh air? Why or why not? Do you find yourself in need of rest today? Does the “yoke” of being a Jesus follower feel easy and light to you? Or does it seem like a burden?
PP: Let your thoughts from the previous questions – about being weary and heavy-laden, about whether the yoke of following Jesus seems easy and light or not – be turned now into prayer. Tell God about areas of your life where you are in need of rest! Admit to God if following Jesus feels like a burden, telling him why. God is able to shoulder our burdens! He desires your truthfulness and transparency, for then he can speak by his Spirit through the word.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Read Matthew 12:15-50
TAI: Matthew continues to reveal Jesus as the fulfillment of OT prophecy. Have you ever felt like a bruised reed? How did God bring grace and healing to you? Why are the “Beelzebul” accusation and Jesus’s teaching about blaspheming the Holy Spirit in the same paragraph? Ponder the statement: “for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Ponder too giving an account for your careless words. Who is greater than Jonah and Solomon? Are you the “brother and sister and mother” of Jesus?
PP: One reason it is so good to pray prayers of praise to God and sing praises to God is that it is attributing the good works of God’s grace to him alone! To GOD be the glory, GREAT things HE has done! “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! He has done great things!” Spend some time singing and praying prayers of praise and adoration to God for his works.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Read Matthew 13
TAI: Write a few thoughts in response to each parable here:
Mustard Seed and Leaven:
Treasure, Pearl, and Net:
PP: Turn the thoughts jotted above into personal prayer to our Father in heaven. Pray for good soil in the hearts of those on your Sacred 7 list. Rejoice in Jesus, the pearl of greatest price.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
Read Matthew 14:1-12
TAI: What a heart-wrenching, horrid tale of pride. A good study Bible will help you keep the various “Herods” straight. What sin was John opposing in Herod? What sin led to John the Baptist being put to death? Read the Matthew 11:11-14 additional reading; what commendation did Jesus give to John the Baptist? Remember too the Revelation truth that the martyrs cry out for justice, and some day it will be granted. The Herods of the world do not have the final word.
PP: “God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Ask God to break any pride in you, and to graciously help you be humble, loving, and trustworthy. Thank God for the “Elijah” ministry of John, preparing the way of the Lord. Pray for Christians in prison, and for those families who have suffered the martyrdom of a loved one for the sake of the gospel.
Have you sketched the Bridge/Cross illustration on a napkin for anyone recently? Pray for opportunities to share the gospel.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
Read Mark 6:30-56
TAI: The compassion of Jesus! Notice that compassion first motivated our Lord to teach them many things. Compassion also motivates Jesus to miraculously feed the crowd of people. After this grand miracle, what did Jesus do, alone on the mountain? What further miracle compounded the astonishment of the disciples? Mark’s gospel goes even further in “exposing” the miraculous healing power of Jesus, the wonder of his compassion for people.
PP: Sing the chorus, “Jesus, name above all names, beautiful Savior, glorious Lord!” Sing your favorite hymn or song about the Lord Jesus. Pray a prayer of praise, praising God for the compassion, power, and wisdom of Jesus. Does the world seem to be a terrible, troubled place right now? Jesus will overcome, and he will save his people! Delight in that promise, and express hope and confidence that your future is secure in Jesus Christ.
Pray that our children and youth would come to know the compassion and love of Jesus, as well as his power to transform lives.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1
Read Joshua 6
TAI & PP: Do you know the song Joshua Fit De Battle of Jericho? This chapter reveals that GOD truly fought the battle, though of course Joshua and Israel had to obey and Step Forward, encircling the city, blowing the trumpets, and shouting. Reflect on the sweet deliverance for Rahab and her family, and then also on the deliverance God has given you through the Commander, the Lord Jesus Christ. What battles do you need the Lord to fight for you? Tell him! And pray for Pastor Dana as he prepares to preach on this powerful chapter of Joshua.