Bible Readings: Oct 20-Nov 1 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!

Monday, October 26

Read Revelation 2:1-29

THINK: For each of these four churches, write up a short summary, as a good journalist would. Excellent trait? Something Jesus finds troublesome? Final outcome?

Ephesus

 

Smyrna

 

Pergamum

 

Thyatira

 

 

PRAY: Pray for our church, Faith, as prompted by these exhortations to these churches. Then pray for our leaders (elders, pastors, team leaders and teams, etc.) to follow God’s word wisely. Pray for our witness as a body during this current difficult season in our nation and world. Pray for revival in churches all over the world.

Tuesday, October 27

Read Revelation 3:1-22

THINK: For each of these three churches, write up a short summary, as a good journalist would. Excellent trait? Something Jesus finds troublesome? Final outcome?

Sardis

 

Philadelphia

 

Laodicea

 

   Note: the key word to understand v. 20 is the last word in v. 19!

PRAY: There are marvelous promises of triumph in these letters to the churches. There is great hope! Pray through the promises, rejoicing in the hope they give, and expressing thanks and praise to God. Continue to pray for our church, Faith. Pray that we would be a praying church, with repentance throwing open the door and inviting Jesus to come in to shepherd and lead us as our Lord and Head.

Wednesday, October 28

Read Revelation 4:1-11

THINK: What details make this throne room scene really stand out? Why the lightning and thunder? Why are the four living creatures full of eyes, in front and behind? What do you think that symbolizes? Does your personal worship include “glory and honor and thanks”? Notice how in Revelation the grand worship sections are always directed to God! We worship because he is great and worthy of praise and adoration and exaltation. Worship isn’t about us; it is about God and is a response to him. But we get great joy!

 

PRAY: Note that “throne” is a word we will see again and again as we read. Pray a prayer of worship using the adoration language of the throne room in v. 8 and 11. Do these words remind you of a hymn or worship song? Sing it to the Lord! Note: when you don’t fully grasp all the meaning in the details of Revelation, discern the main thrust of the section and respond with worship. Worship is always appropriate, as we see in the chapters of this book. Repentance and worship will always be a worthwhile response.

Thursday, October 29

Read Revelation 5:1-14

THINK: Take extra time. Read through this awesome and crucial chapter several times. Notice details. Underline and highlight and make notes. How is the one worthy to open the scroll described? What is the response to the Lamb? What are the golden bowls full of incense? What does that say to you about your prayers? How extensive is the provision of Christ’s blood? What implications does that carry for our involvement in the task of world evangelization?

 

PRAY: Use the language provided for you in vv. 9-14 and enjoy an extended time of worship before the Lord of Glory. Pray with adoration and exaltation and exult with great joy in what Jesus Christ has done for you, and not only for you, but for some from every tribe and tongue and nation! Pray for our missionary task as the church, reaching all tribes and tongues and peoples. Pray for one of our Faith missionaries and their country of service.

 

Friday, October 30

Read Revelation 6:1-17

THINK: In this chapter we see the Lamb open 6 of the 7 seals on the scroll that he had taken from God’s hand in chapter 5. Who is clearly in control and directing the events of this chapter? (HINT: you may need to go back and read the last chapter.) When you think of a lamb, do you think of wrath? Can you imagine calling to have rocks crush you rather than having to face the judgement described here? What is the answer to the question “Who can stand?”

 

PRAY: With amazing vividness, seal 5 is being fulfilled before our eyes today. Pray for the families of martyrs and for the suffering church of Jesus Christ around the world. Tell him that you believe his promises and are ready to trust him no matter what may come to pass. We know there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Romans 8:1) and that we are not destined for wrath (1 Thess. 5:9). But pray that this coming “wrath of the Lamb” stirs in us a sense of urgency for those who are not saved.

Pray for our nation and our community and its leaders during this season of both COVID-19 and the coming elections.

 

Weekend, October 31 – November 1

Read Genesis 43

 
  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: Why did the brothers delay about returning to Egypt? What made Jacob fearful to send them on their way? Who offered himself as security for taking Benjamin? What did we read about him previously? Ponder v. 14. How does the steward of Joseph’s house respond to their explanation of the money in the sacks? Try to put yourself in Joseph’s shoes (or sandals!), to feel the emotion surging through him as he looked at his brother Benjamin. Once again there is an emphasis on fulfillment of the dream and gracious response (the marvelous meal Joseph fed his brothers).

 
   

PRAY: Ponder whether you can respond to pain inflicted by others with grace and forgiveness. Would you serve a grand banquet to those who have injured you? Pray about this. Pray about our response to others as sinners saved by grace. Thank God for the grace he has shown us in Jesus Christ, his death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. Pray about the response of believers today in light of the tough times in our nation and our world.

   Pray for those preaching this message Sunday morning in our worship.

 
   

FAITH GROUP: Share experiences of responding to the wounds of others with grace and forgiveness. Talk about what showing mercy looks like in our present day (Luke 6:35-36).

Pray for one another about current situations that may be hard to navigate relationally. These are not easy.