Bible Readings: Mar 22-28 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 2020 Mar 22-28

Monday, March 22

Read Psalm 66

THINK: Another psalm of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord. The author is not listed but some scholars assume it is David. Verses 1-4 are an introductory hymn calling on all nations to praise God. What are some of the awesome deeds God has done (vs 5-12)? What occasions might the author be referring to? While all the earth is called to praise God, how will the author himself personally praise God (vs 13-20)?
PRAY: Note all the elements of worship the author refers to in vs 13-20: offerings, fulfilling commitments, personal testimonies of God’s work in his own life, singing praises, confessing and calling on God. How does this compare to our own worship services and your personal prayer life? Start with personal confession, then praise God for who He is, then thank God for all He has done for you and then finish with supplication—presenting your own needs and the needs of others that you are aware of.

 

Tuesday, March 23

Read Psalm 67

THINK: Another psalm of praise to our God. Again, the author is not stated, but the writing is similar to other psalms David has written. Note the international or global focus of this psalm. Author Os Guinness has stated that “Christianity is the world’s first global religion….and Jesus of Nazareth has the greatest number of followers of any religion on planet earth” (Renaissance, pp31-33). Who should praise God? Who shall fear Him?
PRAY: Revelation 5:9 speaks of people from every tribe, language, people group and nation worshipping before the throne of God. Our God is a global God! He created the world, and He created all of us to worship Him. Pray for the international missionaries that Faith supports that literally serve around the world. Pray for physical and spiritual strength and endurance. We know Covid has disrupted many of our missionaries’ normal duties and contacts; pray for creativity in finding new ways to minister and share Christ. Pray for their resources and funding as well.

 

Wednesday, March 24

Read Psalm 68

THINK: A little longer praise psalm written by David, possibly on the occasion that the ark was brought into Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6). The primary theme is God portrayed as a conquering warrior who rides triumphantly into a capital city. What are some of the accomplishments God is credited with? How does He deal with His enemies? How does He treat the fatherless, the widows and those who are lonely? How do His people respond?
PRAY: Our God is awesome, powerful, majestic, righteous, and good. He delivers from death, offers salvation, provides for the needy, restores the inheritance, leads the prisoners to prosperity, gives the lonely a home, protects the widows and is a father to the fatherless. What a picture of a powerful, yet gentle and caring God. Praise Him for these things! There are widows, lonely and fatherless among us now as well. Pray for wisdom and strength to minister to these needs as God reveals them to us.

 

Thursday, March 25

Read Psalm 69

THINK: Yesterday’s Psalm 68 was an elaborate praise psalm; today we have an elaborate psalm of lament. Have you ever felt like David describes in vs 1-3? What were the specifics of David’s situation? Have you ever experienced any of these in your own life? Have you ever desperately sought God with fasting and tears? Who else might this psalm have been referring to? (See vs 9, 21.) What are some attributes of God mentioned here that should give us confidence and hope as we approach God?
PRAY: When you are in deep distress and calling out to God, be honest about your afflictions and pain. But don’t stay there. Acknowledge also His saving faithfulness, His steadfast love, and His abundant mercy. Know that He revives our hearts, hears the needy and will lead you out of your captivity. Know also that our praise and thanksgiving will please Him more than any material or monetary gift we could give Him.

 

Friday, March 26

Read Psalm 70

THINK: After yesterday’s rather lengthy lament, today we have a much shorter lament of David’s. This psalm appears to be an excerpt from Psalm 40. (See 40:13-17.) While we do not know the background of this psalm, we do know the threat appears serious. What is David in fear of? What does he want God to do to his enemies and when? What does he want those who seek God to do?
PRAY: You may have noticed that many of the psalms we have read so far are laments. So, it seems that those who wrote these psalms faced many difficult and often overwhelming trials. We may not currently be faced with physical hurt or death but there are Christians around the world who are. See persecution.com to see who you can pray for. Currently, Christians in Nigeria are facing violent attacks by Boko Haram and Fulani Islamic militants, leaving many Christians without spouses, parents, and homes. Ask God to help and deliver without delay!

 

 

Weekend, March 27-28

Read John 19:31-42

 
  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: Another difficult passage to read. Since this Sabbath was occurring during the Passover week, the Jews didn’t want dead bodies hanging on crosses overnight. (See Deut. 21:22-23.)  Breaking the legs would speed up the dying process. Why is it significant that Jesus’ bones were not broken? What is also significant about the blood and water that came from Jesus’ pierced body? Note the two ‘secret’ disciples taking Jesus’ body and preparing it for burial. In whose tomb was Jesus laid? (See Matt. 27:57.)  
  PRAY: There are three prophecies fulfilled in this passage: Psalm 34:20 (no broken bones); Zechariah 12:10 (piercing of Jesus); and Isaiah 53:9 (burial in a rich man’s tomb). Fulfilled prophecy is a very strong argument for the validity/truthfulness of scripture. Some religions/cults teach that Jesus didn’t really die on the cross, or it wasn’t his real body. The blood and water that came out should prove that Jesus truly died as a fully human being. Pray for Pastors Dana and Jayson as they preach on this text of Scripture this Sunday. Ask God to deepen your love for Jesus and faith in him as we continue on The Road to the Resurrection.  
  FAITH GROUP: What stands out most vividly to you as you reread this passage and reflect on it? Discuss the significance of all the fulfilled prophecy occurring in this passage. Discuss also the significance of the blood and water. What significance does the fulfillment of Scripture in the Gospels have for your belief in Jesus today? Share in your group what persuaded you to put your faith in Jesus Christ?