Bible Readings: Mar 29-Apr 4 2021

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 begin 2021 with spending time in the Psalms. 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 our website at www.faithsf.com. Enjoy your time in God’s Word and Prayer!

DBR 2021 Mar 29-Apr 4

Monday, March 29

Read Psalm 71

THINK: While there is no author listed for this lament, Charles Spurgeon refers to it as The Prayer of the Aged Believer. This person is a faithful believer who is in danger from enemies who would cause hurt by taking advantage of any weakness or distress. What did the author recognize about God’s help in the past? What renewed commitment did he make to God in his old age? What commitment to the Lord concludes this psalm? How does remembering God’s help in the past encourage you today?
PRAY: Take some time to reflect on how God has helped you in the past. Where have you sighted God’s Grace in action? Praise Him for it. Pray for opportunities to share with someone what God has done for you in the past. Are you in a season of weakness or distress, seeing ‘troubles and calamities’? Praise Him for the great things He has done in the past and pray for Him to revive your heart, bring you up again and comfort you.

 

Tuesday, March 30

Read Psalm 72

THINK: Some scholars believe that while Solomon may have written this psalm, it was David’s last prayer before he died. One view is that this psalm is David’s prayer for his son Solomon. Another view is to the future when the Messiah will reign on the throne. What qualities does the author desire the ruling king to have in vs 1? What should the king use his power to accomplish? What blessings would the king experience? How might this psalm instruct us as to what we should pray for our political leaders?
PRAY: Righteousness and justice are recurring words in this psalm as is the focus on delivering the weak, poor and needy from oppression and violence. These are proper duties for political and religious leaders. Please pray for our political leaders at the national, state and local level. Pray for wisdom to rule with righteousness and justice. Pray also for God to open our eyes to see the needs around us that we can respond to. Pray for God’s kingdom to come and His fame would continue and the whole earth be filled with His glory forever!

 

Wednesday, March 31

Read Psalm 73

THINK: This psalm and a number of others in this section is attributed to Asaph, a Levite musician in David’s day. The focus is on the present prosperity of wicked men and the sorrows of the godly. What characterizes the wicked? What attitude do they have towards God? What was Asaph’s initial response to this? When did the author come to realize the prosperity of the wicked didn’t matter? How can we have God’s perspective when we feel confused or upset about the way our world is?
PRAY: Picture yourself walking with God and He is holding on to your right hand. Are you listening to His counsel? Or are you more focused on the things of this world? Ask God for His counsel in a difficult situation you may be facing. He will give wisdom generously (James 1:5). Praise God that even when our flesh and hearts fail, He is our strength and our portion forever. He is our refuge and afterwards is waiting to receive us into glory!

 

Thursday, April 1

Read Psalm 74

THINK: Charles Spurgeon writes, “The history of the suffering church is always edifying; when we see how the faithful trusted and wrestled with their God in times of dire distress, we are thereby taught how to behave ourselves under similar circumstances.” Why did Israel feel deserted by God? When have you felt deserted by God? What confession of faith serves as the center of this psalm (vs 12)? What did the psalm writer ask God to do? In what area of your life do you currently need God’s help?
PRAY: No matter how difficult our current situations may be, God is still the King from of old! He is working salvation in the midst of the earth! Recall His miracles that were done in Scripture. Nothing is too difficult for Him. He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think! Praise Him and ask Him for big things. Pray for people that you know who may be going through difficult things. Pray for the persecuted church around the world.

 

Friday, April 2

Read Psalm 75

THINK: Yesterday’s Psalm 74 was a plea for God to defend His people from their enemies. Today’s psalm celebrates anticipated victory when God will establish judgement at the appointed time. Who offers the world stability in the face of uncertain times? What causes the moral order of the earth to decline? (vs 3-5) What does this psalm teach us about God’s control of the events of our lives? How does this psalm encourage us to face the uncertainties of life? How can we guard against the sin of pride?
PRAY: Note the difference in focus between the wicked and the righteous. The wicked focus on themselves (pride) while the righteous focus on God (praise). Ask God to keep you from pride and self-centeredness. Ask God also to keep you from having a judgmental or intolerant attitude. Praise Him for His righteous judgements. Acknowledge God’s sovereign reign in our lives, raising one up and putting another down.

 

Weekend, April 3-4

Read John 20:1-10

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: Good Friday and Easter! From ‘buried in the Garden Tomb’ to ‘up from the grave he arose, with a mighty triumph over his foes.’ What did Mary assume (v.2)? How did Peter and ‘the other disciple’ (likely John himself) respond? What did the men find upon entering the tomb? Compare John’s account with Matthew’s in Matthew 28:1-15. What might explain some of the differences in the two perspectives? Imagine the thumping of their chests as they first considered, “Can Jesus truly be alive?” What an extraordinary day that was! Let’s rejoice and celebrate and worship the RISEN CHRIST!
PRAY: Pray a prayer of praise and thanksgiving at the amazing news of the resurrection of Jesus! We’ve been on resurrection road for these weeks, and now here! Thank God for the hope of your own resurrection body and eternal life with him.

Pray for our Easter services at both campuses. Pray for Pastor Dana and Pastor Jayson preaching, Nate Walter and Pastor Thomas leading worship, the children singing at South Campus, and the sweet gospel fellowship of this unique day of delight.

FAITH GROUP: Share as a group: when did you first understand that Easter was much more than bunnies, colored eggs, treats, and pastel dresses and Easter hats? Why do you think those kinds of traditions rose up around the celebration of Christ’s resurrection? Share how your family handles celebrating the true meaning of Easter morning.