Bible Readings: May 23-29 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 May 23-29

 

Monday, May 23

Read Luke 6

THINK: In the two Sabbath scenes, Jewish religious authorities were seeking to upend the ministry of Jesus. How did Jesus use the OT to respond to the first accusation, that his disciples were reaping on the Sabbath? Why did the miracle of healing the man with the withered hand incense these leaders? What did Jesus do the night before choosing the 12 Apostles? What stands out to you as you ponder the blessings and woes? How does Jesus describe enemy love? Why is it unique? As Jesus fleshes out the unique character of his disciples, how did that differ from the “religious” people of that time? What kind of tree are you? Where is your house built?
 

PRAY: Wow, there is so MUCH in this chapter! It paints a rather vivid portrait of the humble Christ-follower. Pray through the chapter, truth-by-truth, expressing to God your desire to be the kind of Christ follower described here. Ask God to help you love your enemies. Ask God to fill you with his Holy Spirit and help you bear good fruit. Tell God that it is your desire to “build your house” on the Rock, namely, by obeying the Lord Jesus Christ! Pray for Pastor Jayson.

Tuesday, May 24

Read Luke 7

THINK: What was a centurion? What amazes Jesus about this Gentile leader? Why did fear seize them after Jesus raised the widow’s son from the dead? How did Jesus respond to the inquiry from John’s followers? What was Jesus saying about himself? What did he say about John? (note Jesus’ use of the OT) Ponder v. 28; what was Jesus saying? What point was Jesus making about this generation of Jewish leaders? What is remarkable about this vivid scene at the Pharisee’s home? Notice the ending—faith! The woman’s brokenness and worship were evidence of faith.
 

PRAY: Reading Dr. Luke’s account in this chapter convinces us that all kinds of people—Jews and Gentiles, sinners of every kind—are welcome to repent and believe and follow Jesus. Jesus has the grace to save us and the power to transform us. Thank God for this! Thank him for welcoming you as a Christ-follower. Pray for those in your sphere of influence who need to come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Ask the Father for fruit in our Faith ministry!

Wednesday, May 25

Read Luke 8

THINK: Why do you think Dr. Luke makes the point that along with the 12 Apostles were some women followers of Jesus also? Note:

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Reading Luke 8:9-15, what should we with ears “hear” from this parable and its explanation? How does “the lamp” parable relate to this? Are you the family of Jesus? Carefully reflect: Jesus is Lord of the deeps, Lord over the demons, Lord over disease, and Lord over death. What does Dr. Luke want to persuade his readers to believe?

 

PRAY: “Heavenly Father, how I deeply desire to be a fruit-bearing Christian! By your grace and the Holy Spirit help me bear fruit one hundredfold. May my walk with Jesus be a lamp to light the way for others who need Jesus. I rejoice in Dr. Luke’s truths about who Jesus is, that as Lord of all, nothing is impossible for him. I will not be afraid, for my Christ is Lord of the deeps, the demons, diseases, and death itself. He is risen from the dead! Lord, I believe! Amen.”

Thursday, May 26

Read Luke 9

THINK: Jesus sends the 12 out on a short-term missions trip. What special instructions does he give them? Why? What grabs Herod’s attention? How could 5 modest loaves of bread yield 12 baskets full of leftovers? What did Peter declare about Jesus? What does it mean to deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Jesus? Are you doing that? What does transfiguration mean? What does the Father declare about Jesus? Why couldn’t some disciples cast the demon from the boy, but Jesus could? In God’s kingdom who is the greatest? What is the cost of following Jesus? Are you following?
 

PRAY: “Leave the dead to bury their own dead” sounds extremely harsh, but Jesus is making a crucial point. What is it? Write down here (or on another sheet due to space) a prayer expressing your full allegiance to Jesus Christ:

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, May 27

Read Luke 10

THINK: Another short-term missions trip, this time sending 72 followers. What role does prayer have in this? What is a “son of peace”? What lesson do the “woes” convey to the reader? For what should we rejoice? What remarkable things did the disciples get to see? What was right about the lawyer’s answer to Jesus’ question? What point was Jesus making with his parable about a Samaritan? (Note these details: the first two passers-by were Jewish religious leaders; the third a despised Samaritan.) mercy > religion 

What lesson do we need to learn from the Martha/Mary account?

 

PRAY: Ask God to give our international workers “people of peace” who will help provide inroads for the gospel among unreached peoples. Pray for receptive hearts to believe the gospel, whether here in Sioux Falls or to the ends of the earth. Thank God for the mercy he has shown you and ask him for grace to convey that mercy on to others as God opens doors for you. His mercy is more! Pray for discernment, focus, and fruit as we Anticipate Change!

Weekend, May 28-29

Read Isaiah 59:14-60:22

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: “…truth has stumbled in the public squares” and “truth is lacking” – both of those statements are commentaries on our present time. Thankfully, God promised a Redeemer (59:20) and we know he sent his Son to be that Deliverer, as well as his Spirit and his word (v.21). Therein lies hope, and that hope bursts forth in chapter 60, with image after image of renewal and future grace. Images of light, blessing, abundance, and joy: how many can you identify? Can you see how these images of hope are fulfilled in the gospel and Jesus Christ? God will be victorious!

 

PRAY: Pray for renewed hope and joy as we study this passage of Isaiah together. And in our troubled times, we do need hope! Ask God to help you point others to the hope found in Christ. Let your light shine! Pray for our pastors preaching on this passage. Pray for your Sacred 7.

 

FAITH GROUP: Discuss how these images of renewal and hope are fulfilled in Christ. How can our own hope be enriched and helped by these verses? How are you encouraged? Share together. Then pray with thanksgiving for God’s grace, now and in the future, as we live in hope despite the darkness around us. Is anyone in your group discouraged? Hurting? Ask God to give them renewed hope, joy, and light!