Bible Readings: May 17-23 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 May 17-23

Monday, May 17

Read Psalm 106

THINK: In spite of God’s faithfulness to Israel (Psalm 105), her history is filled with unfaithfulness and ingratitude. This psalm traces some of that rebellion and also God’s judgements against them. Note however, how this psalm begins and ends. How is God’s character depicted in this psalm? How did the psalmist summarize Israel’s rebellion (vs 34-39)? Do you see similar acts of rebellion in our nation today? How did God demonstrate His faithfulness to Israel despite their rebellion? How should we respond to God’s deliverance and help?

 

PRAY: While most of the sins listed here were done in the distant past, the psalmist admits his own sins and the current culture’s as well. Pray a prayer of confession for the sins of our own culture that you see identified in this psalm: forgetting God, worshipping idols, and shedding innocent blood, to name a few. Ask God to reveal unconfessed sin in your own life. But also praise God for His goodness, steadfast love, and mighty deeds of deliverance!

 

Tuesday, May 18

Read Psalm 107

THINK: The theme running throughout this psalm is of God’s redeemed giving thanks to Him for His steadfast love. The distinctive feature is of the four accounts of people in distress that God has rescued or redeemed. What is unique in each of the four accounts? What is the same? Vs 33-43 speak more generally of God’s great power in governing nature as well as human affairs. While the focus changes from specifics to more general, note that the call to consider the steadfast love of the Lord remains the same.

 

PRAY: Reflect on your life. Have there been instances where God has rescued or delivered you from a difficult situation? It may have been physical, emotional, or spiritual. Praise Him for it and acknowledge His steadfast love for you. Perhaps you are in the middle of a difficult situation now that you see no way out of. Still, acknowledge that the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end, His faithfulness is great. Therefore, we can hope in Him! (Lamentations 3:22-24)

 

Wednesday, May 19

Read Psalm 108

THINK: C. H. Spurgeon describes this psalm of David as “The Warrior’s Morning Song, with which he adores his God and strengthens his heart before entering upon the conflicts of the day.” What attributes of the Lord does David highlight? How does David’s view of God strengthen his own heart? Among whom does David declare his praise and thanksgiving? How does David demonstrate his confidence in the Lord (vs 12-13)?

 

PRAY: What conflicts are you currently involved in, or anticipate will come your way today? Do those conflicts appear larger to you than God? Reflect more on God’s attributes than the size of your conflicts. Start with praising God for His steadfast love, His faithfulness, and His holiness. Then ask God to help you do ‘valiantly’ in facing those conflicts. David expressed his praise and thanksgiving among his own people (the Jews) but also among the nations (the Gentiles). Pray for opportunities to share about God’s love and faithfulness to those God places around you today.

 

Thursday, May 20

Read Psalm 109

THINK: Psalm 109 is known as one of the Imprecatory Psalms, where David calls on God to bring disaster and misfortune upon his enemies. What actions by his enemies prompted David to react this way (vs 2-5)? How did David feel about his predicament? What did David ask the Lord to do for him? To whom did David want to receive the credit for his deliverance? How can we follow David’s example in dealing with our own fears and disappointments?

 

PRAY: There are several things to remember when reading Psalms like this: 1) Vengeance belongs to God. 2) God’s righteousness demands judgment on the wicked. 3) God’s love for His people will cause Him to act on their behalf. 4) Through prayer, believers can trust God with all our thoughts and desires. Are you feeling overwhelmed by problems and disappointments? Be honest in pouring out your heart to God. Feel free to express your anger, frustrations, fears, and hurts. Remember also to offer your praises, thanksgiving, and confidence that His steadfast love is good, and He will deliver you.

 

Friday, May 21

Read Psalm 110

THINK: This psalm is considered a prophetic psalm and is primarily future in its orientation. This is one of the most quoted OT texts in the NT. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, David heard a heavenly conversation between God the Father and His Son, Jesus the Messiah. What simple instruction does the heavenly Father offer His Son in verse 1? By whose power would Jesus’ kingdom be established? What promises are contained in vs 4-7 and to whom do they apply? What does this psalm reveal about God’s authority?

 

PRAY: Despite all the uncertainties in the world today, we can be assured of this: God the Father is on the throne; Jesus is at His right hand; and He will come to rule victoriously, with power, holiness, consistency, and justice. Have you offered yourself freely to Jesus (verse 3)? Rather than focusing on all the uncertainties of this world, spend some time praising God for who He is and for what we have to look forward to.

 

Weekend, May 22-23

Read John 3:1-11

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: This Sunday we will begin a new preaching series for the summer entitled “Vital Signs.” We will be touching on some of the essentials of discipleship and exploring in detail the subjects of: Conversion, Baptism, the Church, and Missions.

In John 3, Jesus has an encounter with a Pharisee named Nicodemus. Who were the Pharisees, and why did Nicodemus come at night? He struggles with understanding a second birth. How does Jesus explain it? What is required to enter the kingdom of God? How would you explain to someone what it means to be born again? Have you been born again?

 

PRAY: Pray for Pastor Dana and Pastor Jayson as they explore the depths of what it means to be “born again.” Pray for those God will bring to our services that may not understand what that means and do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Pray for the Spirit to be at work in a mighty way. Praise God for your own “new birth” and for the way that God led you to place your trust in Him.

 

FAITH GROUP: Discuss in your Faith Group some of the circumstances that led you to believe that Jesus is the Son of God. In today’s culture, the term “born again” might be as confusing as it was to Nicodemus. In your own words, how would you describe to someone what it means to be “born again”? As time allows, share a spiritual truth that you struggle to understand.