Bible Readings: May 31-June 6 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 31-Jun 6

Monday, May 31

Read Psalm 116

THINK: Do you find it hard to say, “I love the Lord”? The psalmist opens Ps 116 this way, then affirms that God’s “inclined ear” is the reason he will “call on him as long as I live.” What circumstance seems to occasion this psalm? What attributes of God are the basis for the psalmist crying out to him? Has the Lord dealt bountifully with you? Verse 9’s “I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living” is a good way to describe the Christian life! Verses 10-14 capture well the tension between people’s realities and God’s reality. Verse 15 is shared often at believers’ funerals. Yes, Lord, “I am your servant.”

 

PRAY: Do you relate well to the distress and anguish and “people struggles” related in Psalm 116? In the midst of such heartache, how crucial it is that we learn to cry out to the Lord! Take some time to do so right now. Express to your heavenly Father those things which bring distress and trouble to your soul. Rejoice that God is gracious and merciful (verse 5) and that he loves to hear our cries and respond. Tell him that you will call upon him as long as you live, with the sacrifice of thanksgiving and a faithful, daily walk of faith. Amen.

 

Tuesday, June 1

Read Psalm 117

THINK: Nations here refers to ethno-linguistic people groups. John Piper: “When Psalm 117:1 says, “Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples!” it means, “Praise the Lord, Baluch of Pakistan! Praise the Lord, Maninka of Guinea! Praise the Lord, Bugis of Indonesia! Praise the Lord, Wa of China! Praise the Lord, Somali and Dakota of Minneapolis!” These are the kinds of groups Jesus was referring to when he said after his resurrection, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations… These are the groups that Jesus meant when he said, “This gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14). Psalm 117 = big VISION!

 

PRAY: Praise the Lord for his steadfast love and faithfulness that will never end. Then pray earnestly for the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matthew 28) and the reaching of every people group with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray for the planting of worshipping, witnessing churches in every ethno-linguistic group. Pray for our missionaries who are engaged in this great, global effort.

 

Wednesday, June 2

Read Psalm 118

THINK: Psalm 118 is sung at Passover by observing Jews. What a power-packed psalm! Warren Wiersbe: “This is a messianic psalm. The crowds shouted verses 25-26 as Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, and Jesus quoted verses 22-23 in his debate with religious leaders (Matthew 21:33-46)…The name of the Lord and the hand of the Lord can give you the victory you need.” Whatever your circumstance today, remember that “His steadfast love endures forever.” His faithfulness will never end. Hallelujah!

 

PRAY: Pray the last two verses of the psalm, making them your own and including some details of reasons you are personally thankful to God. Praise God the Father for sending Jesus his beloved Son, our Cornerstone, and for giving the Holy Spirit to us. Bask in the wonder of FOREVER with God! “O Lord, give us success!” (Psalm 118:25).

Pray for our Faith “Legacy Youth” meeting, for Angela & the team.

 

Thursday, June 3

Read Psalm 119:1-16

THINK: Psalm 119 is an acrostic poem, highly structured, with each section beginning with succeeding letters of the 22-letter Hebrew alphabet. It celebrates the word of God and highlights again and again the magnificence of God’s law, the Torah, and life in alignment with it. These first two sections declare that such a life is “Blessed.” The believers praise God for his statutes, knowing that God’s law is for their good, as opposed to unbelievers who rebel against God’s way to set their own course of life. The wise store up God’s word (memorize it) and then meditate on it and delight in it.

 

PRAY: As we read through Psalm 119 over the next couple of weeks, feel free to make the day’s prayers very personal to your life and situation. Today, thank God for his word. Express to God your desire to live the blessed life of one who trusts God and aligns with his word. Pray through these Aleph and Beth sections, line by line. Ask God to help you store the word up in your heart by memorizing. Tell the Father how much you delight in walking with him in truth.

 

Friday, June 4

Read Psalm 119:17-32

THINK: Gimel – “Open my eyes” expresses the desire for under-standing and wisdom in applying God’s word to our lives. We all need that! Do you feel like a sojourner in this world? Whom does the Lord rebuke? How wise to take counsel from God’s word!

  Daleth – when we study God’s word and take its truth to heart, God is our teacher. What a wise teacher he is! Meditating on God’s law and on his works gives us insight into God’s character. We know God better! God’s word ministers to us in sorrow and in struggle, if we choose the way of faithfulness and embrace the truth. Ponder the picture of verse 32, running with an enlarged heart!

 

PRAY: Ask God to open your eyes to behold wondrous things from his word today. Ask God to grant you wisdom and understanding for applying God’s truth to your walk today…and every day. Ask him to be your counselor and teacher in the sorrow and struggle of this “sojourning life.” Tell God you want to know him better! Tell him that you choose the way of faithfulness today. Ask him to help you run with endurance the race that is set before you, with a large heart of faith and hope and love through Jesus Christ our Lord (Heb. 12:1).

 

Weekend, June 5-6

Read Romans 4-5

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: What is justification by faith? How does Abraham’s story illustrate justification by faith? How does your life story illustrate justification by faith? What is the relationship between regeneration (two Sundays ago), repentance and faith (last Sunday), and justification? These are huge, magnificent truths to ponder and meditate on! What a glorious salvation we have in Jesus Christ! What a magnificent God to give us such an amazing gift of grace! “Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see.” John Newton (ex-slave ship captain! Saved by grace!)

 

PRAY: Pray for the messages on Justification preached this Sunday at our Faith West and South campuses by Pastor Dana and Pastor Jayson. Pray for the glorious truth of justification by faith to amaze, move, and strengthen us all. Pray for the worship teams leading us to the throne of grace to praise and adore and glorify God with our songs of worship. Thank God right now for the gift of faith and the truth that through Jesus Christ you stand justified before your Creator and Judge! Hallelujah!

   It’s June! Pray for the VBS one month from now!

 

FAITH GROUP: Discuss how regeneration, repentance and faith, and now justification relate to one another. Why is it important to understand and grasp these precious truths of salvation? How do we share the truth of justification by faith with someone who does not yet know Jesus?