Bible Readings: Oct 5-11 2020

LOVE GOD’S WORD & PRAYER

New Testament Challenge 2020

At Faith Baptist Fellowship, we Love God’s Word and Prayer. Hearing a sermon at church on Sunday mornings alone isn’t enough to be considered a healthy diet of God’s word and prayer. We strongly believe that every growing disciple of Jesus needs to be regularly hearing from God through his word and personally speaking back to God through prayer.

We are challenging everyone to read through the entire New Testament in 2020 – one chapter per day, five days per week. If regular Bible reading is not yet a habit of yours, this is a great way to get started! As always, we will provide devotional thoughts and helpful prayer points on the passages. The weekend material will prepare you for the upcoming Sunday sermon as well as provide some discussion help for Faith Groups.

We recommend you set aside at least 15-20 minutes a day for this plan and prayer. If you fall behind, just start on the current day. Try to develop the habit of reading at the same time and place. We suggest having a journal and pen for answering questions and recording your thoughts and insights. Happy Bible Reading!

DBR 2020 Oct 5-11

Monday, October 5

Read John 16:1-33

THINK Reflect on v. 2 in light of our present world situation. Why would people murder Christians (v. 3)? Verses 7-15 are some of the NT’s most essential teaching on the ministry of the Holy Spirit, so take note. The Spirit will glorify Jesus as a spotlight shines, not on itself, but on its object (J.I. Packer). What is Jesus prophesying of when he says “your sorrow will turn into joy”? What sort of tribulation do you see in the world today? Do you have peace? Do you ask of the Father in the name of Jesus? Memorize v. 33.

 

PRAY: Pray for believers across the globe being severely persecuted for following Jesus. Pray for the efforts to take the gospel to all the peoples of the earth, so that millions more will know Jesus. Thank God for sending the Holy Spirit to us, to convict us, and for the Spirit’s ministry of glorifying Jesus. Bring your personal requests to God in the name of Jesus, asking boldly, with joy, trusting in the Father’s wisdom. Take heart in tribulation—Jesus has overcome!

Tuesday, October 6

Read John 17:1-26

THINK AND PRAY: This magnificent chapter is often called the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus. It could rightly be called The Lord’s Prayer. In it Jesus prays for us, His church. So instead of Think About It questions and Prayer Points, today simply pray your way through the prayer, turning the prayer of Jesus into your own. There are so many tremendous and vitally important themes here! Soak it in, pray it with our Lord, make it your own, and learn to pray from it. Pray for our church, that we be one in Christ, that we be sanctified (made holy) by the truth of God’s word. Jot thoughts in this space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 7

Read John 18:1-40

THINK: Judas, soldiers and officers come to arrest Jesus. What was Jesus’ response? How did the soldiers and officers react? How did Peter react? Regarding Peter’s denials, remind yourself of John 13:36-38. Consider who else may have heard Peter’s denial of Jesus, other than Jesus. Take time to reflect on the remarkable exchange between Jesus and Pilate regarding truth. Why did Pilate ask, “What is truth?” (Reread John 14:6!) What was Pilate’s conclusion?

 

PRAY: Imagine the guilt and shame Peter must have felt after denying Jesus within Jesus’ hearing, and most likely Judas’ and the other disciples’. In some sense we have all experienced guilt and shame. Jesus’ very purpose in going to the cross was to take all that guilt and shame upon Himself as our substitute! Pray a prayer of adoration and thanksgiving to God for our Lord Jesus drinking the cup of God’s wrath as our substitute. This is the very heart of the gospel. Ask the Father to help you speak up boldly to bear witness to others of all Jesus has done for you.

 

Thursday, October 8

Read John 19:1-42

THINK: What was the dilemma confronting Pilate? Why would he be afraid? In verse 9 Jesus gave no answer to Pilate. How was this a fulfillment of prophecy? (See Isaiah 53:7) Notice how Jesus carefully spoke truth with each statement when He did speak. What was the trumped-up charge brought by the crowd against Jesus? Notice how John carefully records the fulfillment of OT Scripture in verse 24. Take in the many rich details of John’s account. What stands out to you?

 

 

 

PRAY: Pray a prayer of thanks to God for the cross, for the death of Christ on your behalf. Praise God for his astounding plan, sending his Son to die on the cross for us. Praise God for the detailed fulfillment of OT prophecy. Pray with earnest faith, for this chapter represents Friday, but Sunday’s coming!

 

Friday, October 9

Read John 20:1-31

THINK: Go back and read Luke 8:2 for the backstory on Mary Magdalene. Why might it be significant and/or special that she was the first follower of Jesus to the tomb? What does she initially think happened to Jesus? Contrast her actions with those of the other disciples who arrived later. Study verses 19-31 and this early “Lord’s Day” gathering closely. Compare and contrast with our regular Sunday gatherings for worship.

 

 

PRAY: Pray that the resurrected Jesus would be more than an “idea” to us. Pray that when people come to Faith Baptist they would “see Jesus” crucified and risen from the dead. Pray for Jesus to be present in our midst and speak to us through the word of God. Pray that the gospel of peace would be applied to our souls and that the Spirit of God would fall fresh on us. Pray for revival, beginning with our churches.

 

 

Weekend, October 10-11

Read Genesis 40:1-23  

If you’ve fallen behind this week, consider using these extra days to catch up. You can also prepare your heart and mind for this Sunday’s worship service. Read the planned sermon text above and the thoughts below in advance of Sunday morning’s message. If you are in a Faith Group, consider discussing the questions below together.

 

 

THINK: Wow—what awesome twists in the story of Joseph! To whom does Joseph give credit for the interpretation of dreams? God is faithful to reveal to Joseph the accurate interpretation of the two dreams. Yet in the end, Joseph is not remembered but forgotten. God’s deliverance is not always according to our timetable and our wishes—yet we are to trust Him with all our hearts and believe that ultimately, He will completely deliver us to our eternal home. Have you ever experienced the pain of feeling forgotten?

 

 

PRAY: Rejoice and thank God that though people may fail us, He never forgets His children! He knows where we are and what we need. Praise Him for his everlasting love and grace. Pray for someone in the sphere of your life who is alone or feeling forgotten. Pray for Pastors Dana and Jayson as they preach on this passage Sunday. Pray for Pastor Greg Friesner and the Prison Lighthouse Church and our jail ministry.

 

 

FAITH GROUP: Share what strikes you about this passage. What observations or questions do you have? Have you been in a situation where you have been treated unfairly? How did you respond? How should you have responded? When have you been disappointed with God? Is there a difficult situation you are currently facing where you need God’s help? How can you honor God this week in your work?