Bible Readings: December 5-11 2022

LOVE GOD’S WORD & PRAYER

Daily Bible Reading

At Faith Baptist Fellowship, we Love 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. If regular Bible reading is not yet a habit of yours, this is a great way to get started!

We are encouraging everyone to continue our Daily Bible Readings. 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 encourage you to set aside at least 15-20 minutes a day for reading 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. Have a journal and pen for answering questions and recording your thoughts and insights. For additional Bible reading plans, check out  faithsf.com. Enjoy your time in God’s Word and Prayer!

DBR 2022 Dec 5-11

Monday, December 5

Read Amos 7-9

THINK: Dr. John Sailhamer, writing in the NIV-Compact Bible Commentary, “Amid five visions” is an “important narrative of Amos’s prophetic ministry.” Amos, the humble farmer, is called to speak the word of the Lord concerning the sin of the king, and his false worship center at Bethel, because the prophets of God have refused to speak out against them. Amos is warning of the coming exile for the rebellious people of God. Is there a famine for the word of God today (8:11)? Yet still there is hope, as found in the fifth vision. Can you find it?

 

PRAY: Recent acts of terror, harsh murderous violence, and profane wickedness add weight to these woes and visions in Amos. Pray for a spiritual awakening in our nation and our world. Pray for pastors who will not shrink back from preaching the truth of Scripture, who will boldly preach the gospel. Pray for your own righteous walk with Christ. Pray for those on your Sacred 7 who need Jesus. Pray for God’s blessing on our West Campus ministry, for wisdom and discernment for pastors, elders, and other leaders.

 

Tuesday, December 6

Read Obadiah 1-21

THINK: God will judge Edom for its mistreatment of Judah, for its rejoicing at the destruction of Judah at the hand of her enemies (1-16). But there is more, as always with our gracious God! There will come a new day of hope and salvation (17-21), and God’s people will possess Edom. What take-aways have you from reading the minor prophets of Joel, Amos, and Obadiah? Reflect on any parallels with our current national and global circumstances.

 

PRAY: As you thought about your take-aways from reading these minor prophets the last week or so, pray about those things. Tell God how these readings have impacted you. Ask God to send a season of harvest (people coming to faith in Christ), revival in Christ’s church, and spiritual awakening in our land (revival spilling out to impact our culture and society in profound ways, including repentance for sin, loving Jesus Christ, and walking in the obedience of faith). Pray for God’s blessing on our South Campus ministry, for wisdom and discernment for pastors, elders, and Search Team.

 

Wednesday, December 7

Read Jonah 1-4

THINK: If you remember the story of Jonah as a child, what details can you recall? How has your understanding of the main point of this story changed since you were younger? Do you believe this account actually took place? (If you doubt, read Matthew 12:38-41 and Luke 11:29-32 to see what Jesus said, and how this is a picture of the Gospel!) Why didn’t Jonah want to go to Nineveh? How often do you see the word “repent”? Who needed to repent most, the people of Nineveh or Jonah? How is Jonah’s understanding of God (see 4:2) different from how many unbelievers and some Christians see the God of the Old Testament? List God’s attributes as seen in this book. What lessons can you learn from Jonah?

 

PRAY: Praise God for His patience, grace, mercy, and love for you! How do you see yourself in Jonah? Confess any sin and repent! Ask God to help you see more of Who He really is, and who you are as a sinner in need of His grace each day. Thank Him for your life and for whatever time you have left. Pray for our Faith children and youth.

 

Thursday, December 8

Read Micah 1-4

THINK: As we continue in our reading of the minor prophets (why are they called “minor”?), Micah proclaims a message of judgment to those who persistently pursued evil. What verses point to this? How does this parallel our own time? How does 3:11b reflect how some view God today? Do you detect a shift in Micah’s prophecies in chapter 4? How does this HOPE relate to us as Christians?

 

PRAY: Thank God for His righteous judgments. Consider how He has rightly dealt with your sins against Him. Praise Him for His word that is “living and active” in your life. (If it’s not, ask Him to make it so!) Pray for those you know who are yet under His judgment. Ask God to open their eyes and by the Gospel bring them to repentance and faith. Pray for your own obedience to Christ today. Ask God to please provide abundantly our finances at Faith as the year ends.

 

Friday, December 9

Read Micah 5-7

THINK: Do you see a prophecy concerning the Lord Jesus in ch 5? What judgement is being prophesied? What is God wanting the people to remember about His faithfulness in chapter 6? Have you ever memorized verse 8 from chapter 6? What does it look like for us to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God?” Think about that with your day and week in mind.

 

PRAY: Rejoice and thank God for the Ruler who came out of Bethlehem! Pray through Micah 6:8 and ask God to help you apply it today. Pray through 7:18-20, line by line and thought by thought, in light of the cross. Thank the Lord for your salvation in Christ! With Christmas coming, rejoice in the incarnation! Pray for Pastor Dana as he travels today to the funeral of a close friend in Indiana.

  

Weekend, December 10-11

Read Luke 1:39-56

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: Called “The Magnificat” for centuries, Mary’s song of praise to God is considered some of the greatest poetic lines ever written. Each and every line is pregnant with meaning, worthy of our reflection. Take time to savor these lines as an act of anticipation for this Advent season. Does your soul magnify the Lord and rejoice in God your Savior? May it be so today and throughout this season of joy.

 

PRAY: Pray for Jayson (West) and Pastor Dave V (South) as they preach about this grand song. Pray for our anticipation and worship to grow with each Sunday of Advent, leading to the celebration of Christ’s birth and the hope of Christ’s second coming as well.

Pray for Pastor Dana as he attends on Saturday the funeral of a dear friend, Rev. Dave Butts, longtime Chairman of America’s National Prayer Committee. Dana will return on Sunday, from Terre Haute, IN.

 

FAITH GROUP: Each person in the group share their thoughts on a line or two from The Magnificat that stands out to them. What ought we to gain from our reflection on this celebrated song?