Bible Readings: Oct 12-18 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 12-18

Monday, October 12

Read John 21:1-25

THINK: Chapter 20 seems like the end of John’s gospel. Why do you think he added this epilogue? The setting of a charcoal fire takes us back to John 18:18. Compare the circumstances then with what’s taking place now in chapter 21. Why do you think Jesus asks Peter three times for affirmation? Why didn’t Jesus just ask Peter to promise not to deny him again? What foreboding promise did Jesus give to Peter? Who is Peter referring to in verse 21? (Reading the rest of the chapter will help you discern this.) Reflect for a time on the marvelous concluding statement to John’s gospel.

 

PRAY: We never really come to the end of the gospel, do we? Pray for Jesus’ ongoing shepherding, teaching, provision, and forgiveness in your life. Pray for the strength and conviction to follow Jesus wherever he might lead you – even if it’s difficult – knowing that God has a particular plan for you that may be quite different than his plan for someone else. Take some time to think about all you have read in this gospel of John. What are you taking to heart? Pray a prayer of thanksgiving and praise to God!

Tuesday, October 13

Read 1 John 1:1-10

THINK: The opening of I John makes clear to the reader that John was an eyewitness to Jesus Christ. This was not secondhand knowledge. Give two reasons John wrote down what he experienced (vv. 3-4). What is the external evidence that we have fellowship with God? How are we cleansed from our sin? How do we keep a clean account before God? What makes God “a liar” (not really, but the claim makes it seem like we are accusing him of that)? Explain. 

 

PRAY: Pray for lost people you know and love to come to have fellowship with God and with you through the gospel. Thank God that eyewitness testimony proclaims clearly what the witnesses saw and experienced with Jesus Christ, and that this testimony was written down for us. Ask God to give you as much joy in reading as John had in writing! Confess any sin in your life that has not yet been confessed, thanking God for the cleansing that is yours through the precious blood of Christ.

 

Wednesday, October 14

Read 1 John 2:1-29

THINK: Why does John call the readers my little children? What is the good news here for sinners like us? What is propitiation? What is the evidence that we truly know God? Why is hate for another person a grave danger? Why does John warn us against loving the world? Can the spirit of antichrist be captured in one phrase? What promise has God made to believers that gives us great hope? Read John 15:1-11, compare with our text; abiding in Christ is a major theme in John’s writing. Are you abiding in Christ today?

 

PRAY: Praise God for giving us his Son Jesus as our Advocate. Praise God for his mercy in diverting his wrath away from all who believe in Jesus Christ. “Father, help me to keep your word, to obey your commands, and to bear fruit. I love you! Please, graciously break any tendency in me to love worldly things. Thank you so much for the hope of eternal life. Thank you for naming me as your own child and helping me abide in Jesus.” Our Faith ministry is designed to help you abide. Pray for your Faith Group leader, for those involved in teaching, our pastors preaching, etc.

 

Thursday, October 15

Read 1 John 3:1-24

THINK: John’s use of affectionate language continues. Motivated by what we shall be (our glorification), we seek to grow in purity. Contrast the habits of those who are born of God and those who are not. What moved Cain to murder his brother Abel? Ponder the way of love vs. the way of hate pictured here. Compare James 1:22 with v. 18. How do you love in deed and in truth? What is the relationship between faith and love, and what does the Holy Spirit have to do with it? Think: could you help the FBF family be more loving, especially during this COVID-19 crisis? How?

  

PRAY: Rejoice that you are a child of God, and that in Christ Jesus you will become like him when he returns. Ask God to help you grow in purity and in love. Do you have feelings of hate toward anyone? Confess that to God and ask him to refuel your love for others. Ask God to help you discern practical actions of love that would put feet to your faith. Ask God to fill you with his Spirit and his love. Pray that FBF grow in love as a church during this present circumstance.

 

Friday, October 16

Read 1 John 4:1-21

THINK: Beloved! Beware! What test enables us to discern the nature of a spirit? Write out v. 4 here:

 

 

Memorize it. “Love one another.” How hard is that for you? What hinders it? How does perfect love cast out fear? What do you think John means by that? What action reveals someone to be a liar?

 

PRAY: Ask God to give you discernment regarding spirits of the age. Celebrate the truth that God the Holy Spirit in the believer is much greater than the worldly one. If there is a brother or sister you have a hard time loving, tell God about that. Tell God what hinders you. Ask for his help in learning to love that person. Do you struggle with fear? Tell God about that as well. Rejoice you are the Beloved! Pray for students, teachers, and school staff during this season.

 

 

Weekend, October 17-18

Read Genesis 41   

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 an extraordinary chapter! Joseph’s extended period of waiting is brought to an end in an amazing way, and the gift God gave him to interpret dreams is put to use in a dramatic way. Jot down here the broad movements of the story in chapter 41:

 

 

 

 

Whose hand is moving behind the events/movements of this chapter? What an awesome change of fortune for Joseph! He graduates from the School of Waiting to become Pharaoh’s regent over all the land. Now the world is at Joseph’s feet.

 

PRAY: This chapter reminds us to remember that in the present circumstances of the global pandemic, natural disasters, and civil unrest, God is the divine Hand moving behind the circumstances. Pray for the pastors preaching this great truth from chapter 41. Ask God to place his people in positions to impact our world for the glory of God at this time. Pray for our strategic mission partners who are placed around the world “for such a time as this.”

 

FAITH GROUP: From prison to 2nd in command. Can you think of a parallel example of such a dramatic and sudden change? How does the chapter point to God’s hand moving behind the circumstances? How is God’s perfect timing revealed in the way the story unfolds? Do you find it hard to trust God’s timing?
   Share ways you perceive that God is moving behind the circumstances today to bring glory to his name and honor to Jesus Christ. Pray for your designated Faith ministry partner. Pray for grace to trust God and be his “regent” in your neighborhood, workplace, and family.