Bible Readings: Oct 19-25 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 19-25

Monday, October 19

Read 1 John 5:1-21

THINK: John loves to circle back again and again to the same familiar themes: love God, love one another, belief in Christ, walking in obedience. Have you noticed that? Some might call the commands of God a burden; why are they NOT? What victory overcomes the world? What are the three sources of testimony? What does John mean by that? Memorize vv. 11-12. (This passage is one Pastor Dana recites to himself often.) Asking in prayer, according to God’s will, gives us confidence in trusting him. Memorize v. 21 as well.

PRAY: Thank God that all the law can be summed up in this: Love God with your whole being and love your neighbor. Thank God for the gift of faith, the victory that overcomes the world. Thank God for the hope-filled gift of eternal life in Christ. What requests do you have to bring to the throne of grace? Ask boldly of God, trusting in his will, knowing that God will do what is best. Father, keep my heart from becoming an idol factory!

     Pray for all public officials making decisions related to COVID-19.

Tuesday, October 20

Read 2 John 1:1-13

THINK: The elect lady and her children likely refers to a specific local church and its members (ESV Study Bible). Notice the emphasis on truth. What made John rejoice? What themes are reminiscent of John I? John seems to love making contrasts: notice how he again draws a contrast regarding abiding in Christ. How might vv. 10-11 relate to welcoming cult followers into your home, for example? John’s tender heart of love comes through again, longing to see them face to face, to complete their joy. Do you have a tender heart toward others?

PRAY: Ponder the reality that as a member of the church you are part of the elect lady and her children and thank God. Ask God to help you discern truth from error and abide in truth. Pray for your children (if you have any) and for the children of our church to walk in the truth and to abide in Christ. Ask God to give you the same tender-hearted love for the saints that John had.

     Pray for our church leaders making decisions during COVID-19.

Wednesday, October 21

Read 3 John 1:1-15

THINK: How have you heard verse 2 misapplied? What is a wiser understanding of that verse, especially in light of vv. 3-4? What do we discover about Gaius? With whom is he contrasted? What is your response when your children walk in the truth? When they are not? Who do you think about today when reading verses 5-8? How are these “brothers” (5-8) to be treated differently than those mentioned in 2 John? What would you consider to be the overall theme of this letter?

PRAY: Praise God for His word! Thank Him for faithful Christians (like Gaius) in your own life. Ask Him for a heart of hospitality and commendation for those in faithful service. Pray for boldness in responding to arrogant and disobedient fellow Christians. Pray for God’s protection for children, youth, and workers tonight at FBF.

Thursday, October 22

Read Jude 1-25

THINK: Who was Jude? Why is this important to better understanding this letter? What was the faith for which Jude said his readers should contend? What is the overall theme of this letter? Can you think of any individuals or groups that have “crept in unnoticed” in Christian churches today? What specific connections to the Old Testament does Jude give? How does Jude’s description of false teachers/apostates inform how we might see similar people today? What do these people ultimately lack? (See verse 19.) How can you apply verses 22-23 to the spiritually lost around you? How do Jude’s closing words encourage and comfort you?

PRAY: Praise God for giving you understanding through His word! Thank Him for the truth of the Gospel that not only saves but equips us against error. Ask Him for perseverance in times of doubt and trials. Pray for love to reach others with the Good News. Rejoice in His sustaining hand to present you blameless! Pray for our local law enforcement, emergency response, and fire response crews.

Friday, October 23

Read Revelation 1:1-20

THINK: Who will be blessed, according to v. 3? To whom is this work addressed? From whom does it come? What truths do we learn from vv. 5b – 8? From verses 9 to 20, what details stand out to you and surprise you, something you did not realize before reading it today? Just based on this reading, what do you believe this “Revelation” to be? What do you think is meant by “the keys of death and hades”?

PRAY: Pray through the 20 verses, line by line. Turn each truth about the Trinity, the Godhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), into a prayer of praise. Express to God your desire to read, understand, take to heart, and respond with faith and obedience. Ask God to help you see in this book the great truth of God’s sovereignty in history, the victory of Christ and the gospel, and the tremendous hope of Christ’s appearing. Pray about the upcoming elections.

Weekend, October 24-25

Read Genesis 42

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: What a remarkable story is unfolding here! After all these years, here are Joseph’s brothers bowing down to him (see Gen. 37:7-8), and his prophetic dreams are fulfilled. Moses does not hesitate to portray the strong emotions of Joseph. His response to the situation is ingenious. Relate this also to the previous chapter when Joseph named his two sons.

 

PRAY: What have you longed for and waited for in your life? Are you prayerfully asking God for his grace in that situation? Are you crying out to him day and night (see Luke 18:1-8)? If there is anything you have given up on, thinking that it is too late, bring that to the throne of grace. Call upon the Lord! Even after many years, he can do it, if it is his will to do so. Praise God for his providence in protecting his people Israel from the famine. Praise him for his providential care in your own life.

 

FAITH GROUP: Share in your group your own stories of seeing God work in amazing ways after many, many years of waiting. How have you seen that in your own life? Tell the group. Share your longings (at least those that can be shared) and then pray together about these things. Isn’t it wonderful to take the LONG VIEW of trusting God and waiting upon him!