Bible Readings: Sept 21-27 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 Sep 21-27

Monday, September 21

Read John 6:1-71

THINK: A long chapter which includes the feeding of the five thousand, a walk on the water and a confusing conversation about the Bread of Life. What do we learn about Jesus in each section? What do we learn about the people? Why were they interested in following Jesus? What were their expectations of Him? Jesus often used physical elements such as bread and blood to illustrate spiritual truths. How did people misinterpret Jesus? Ponder the marvelous truths about God’s gift of eternal life!

PRAY: There are some deep theological truths as well as some confusing statements in this chapter. Pray humbly for God to reveal truth to you as you read and ponder. The Jews in Jesus time were looking for a Messiah that would rule politically and provide for all their physical needs. (Sounds similar to our current political situation). Are you trusting Jesus only for the physical and temporal benefits we hope He provides? Or are we more concerned for His glory than our own relief? Pray for God’s will to be done during this election season and time of upheaval and unrest in our land. Praise God for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Tuesday, September 22

Read John 7:1-53

THINK: Again the main question in this chapter is, ‘Who is Jesus?’ What did Jesus’ own brothers think of Him? What did the people in general think about Jesus? What did the authorities (chief priests and Pharisees) think about Him? How did the crowd react to Jesus’ message? What was some of the disagreement about? What do we receive when we believe in Jesus?

PRAY: There was much confusion about Jesus; who He was, where He came from, what He was preaching about. Much became clear after Jesus’ resurrection and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Pray that God, through the Holy Spirit, would give you understanding and discernment as you read and study the Bible. Pray for opportunities to explain the Gospel to someone. People will not believe what they do not understand. Pray for a friend who needs the Lord Jesus.

Wednesday, September 23

Read John 8:12-59

THINK: What word picture does Jesus use to describe Himself? Where is Jesus from and where is He going? Where are we? What happens if we don’t repent? What does it mean to ‘abide in the Word’? What will the truth set you free from? What assurances did Jesus give to those who keep His Word? Who did Jesus seek to honor? Why did the religious leaders want to stone Jesus?

PRAY:  Jesus is the light and the implication is that we, humankind, are in the dark; enslaved to sin and needing the truth of the Gospel to set us free. Are there sins and temptations that still trouble you and trip you up? Ask God to give you promises from His word that you can memorize and hold on to in your fight against temptation. 1 Corinthians 10:13 is a good one to start with, but there are many more.

Pray also for Angela Myers and her youth and children’s discipleship teams as they lay the groundwork and prepare for resuming Wednesday gatherings in October.

Thursday, September 24

Read John 9:1-41

THINK: In this chapter Jesus encounters a blind beggar. What does Jesus do? What does the blind man do? How do the Pharisees react and why? What do the Pharisees do to the blind man who Jesus heals? Compare how Jesus treats the blind man to how the Pharisees treat him. Compare how the Pharisees treat Jesus with how the blind man responds.

PRAY: Notice the symbolism the author uses in the last two chapters: Jesus is the light in the darkness; Jesus gives sight to the blind. They are physical examples of deep spiritual truths. How should we treat those who are in the dark and spiritually blind? Do you know people who come to mind? Pray for them, specifically for opportunities to be a light and to help them ‘see’ some spiritual truth of the Gospel.

Friday, September 25

Read John 10:1-42

THINK: Why does Jesus call himself the Door? Why does he call himself the Good Shepherd? What contrast is he drawing with these images? What are the implications of v. 16 for the mission of the church? Notice the clear prophecy of the cross and Jesus’ death. Reflect on your security as a believer described in vv. 25-30. What statement caused the religious leaders to want to stone him? Ponder the rich imagery of this glorious chapter from John.

PRAY: Thank God for sending his Son to be the Door and the Good Shepherd. Thank God for opening your ears to hear his voice! Delight in this, and praise God for it! Ask God to help us at Faith fulfill our calling in the mission of the church. Rejoice in your secure place in the family of God as a believing child of God. “Thank you, Lord God and Father, for sending your Son to be my Savior.” Pray for the lost people in your sphere of influence. Ask God to give them a new heart!

 

Weekend, September 26-27

Read Genesis 38

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: Yikes! What a lurid tale. Why would Moses include this in his account? What purpose could it possibly serve? Well, consider this: in Matthew chapter 1 (especially v. 3) Judah and Tamar are included in the genealogy that leads from Abraham to David and from David to Jesus! Further, Judah’s wickedness in this chapter serves two purposes: to show how God is able to fulfill his plans and purpose despite the sins of humans, and to contrast the wicked Judah and his flawed character with the response in the following chapter of Joseph to the opportunity to sin. Finally, Judah’s confrontation with his own willful sin reminds us that we need to have our own confrontation with our own sin for the purpose of repentance, confession, and finding grace through Jesus Christ, the Lion of the tribe of Judah.

 

PRAY: Have that confrontation with your own willfulness, mentioned above, and receive the mercy and grace that God has for you in Jesus Christ our Lord. Thank God that he could send his one and only Son to be our sinless Savior through the family line of a man like Judah. Pray that God would grant us grace to see many radically converted people in the life of FBF.

 

FAITH GROUP: Talk about the why: Why would God put this chapter with all its wickedness in the Bible? What purpose does it serve? Does it encourage you in your own walk with God?

   Pray together for a harvest of souls through the power of the Holy Spirit as we share the gospel of Jesus Christ with lost people.