Bible Readings: June 13-19 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 June 13-19

Monday, June 13

Read Luke 21

THINK: Why did Jesus commend this widow? When was the stone of the temple thrown down? What perspective is Jesus laying out regarding persecution? “Some of you they will put to death” but “not a hair of your head will perish” – how can both be true? What quality is Jesus commending to his disciples? This section, called the Olivet Discourse, refers both to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD and to events related to Christ’s return. Wiersbe: “It will be a time of testing and testimony, oppression and opportunity, vengeance and victory.” By grace we will stand fast in Christ! He is our hope.

 

PRAY: How should we pray as we anticipate the return of Jesus? Ask our Father to give you grace to give generously, knowing he will take care of you. Ask for grace to endure hardship and suffering. Ask for great faith to trust God completely when natural disasters and human conflicts seem on the rise, to raise your head high with the knowledge that your redemption is near! Ask God to keep you from distress, but rather awake, prayerful, and standing firm. Pray for Jimmy and Allison Hoang. Pray for VBS and all the children!

 

Tuesday, June 14

Read Luke 22

THINK: Why was Passover the perfect time for Jesus to be betrayed and crucified? The Lord’s Supper is instituted, with vital symbolic meaning for the bread and the cup; ponder the significance of each. Reflect on the phrase, “as it has been determined” in verse 22. In continued reflection, consider Jesus saying, “I am among you as the one who serves.” Peter was overconfident; Christ prayed for him! Then Jesus prayed, “Not my will, but yours be done.” Can you pray that prayer as Jesus did? Prophecies are fulfilled – Isaiah 53:3.

 

PRAY: Praise God and thank him that because of the cross he has “passed over” those whose sins have been washed in Christ’s blood, so that “there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). Thank God for the kindness of Jesus to come to serve us as our Savior, Redeemer, and Friend. Thank God also that Jesus now intercedes for us at the throne of God. Submit your will to God. Pray for our Faith elder council. VBS!

 

Wednesday, June 15

Read Luke 23

THINK: What accusations were brought against Jesus? Picture in your mind the ugly scene before Herod. Truly he was “despised and rejected, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” What was the injustice committed against our Lord? Who was Barabbas? The crucifixion account that follows is rich in detail from Dr. Luke’s pen. Write a personal response here.

 

PRAY: Pray through the crucifixion account, scene-by-scene and line-by-line. Express your heart to God for the amazing gift of grace in sending the Son to be our Savior and Redeemer. Are you suffering? Consider the sufferings of our Lord. Are you hurting? Jesus was wounded for our transgressions. Express your thanksgiving: amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! Pray for loved ones and friends who need Jesus. Ask God to move in a mighty way in the lives of the VBS kids!

 

Thursday, June 16

Read Luke 24

THINK: Notice that the angels knew that Jesus had prophesied his death and resurrection. Some were skeptical, but Peter ran to the tomb and marveled at what he found. Who kept Cleopas and his friend from recognizing Jesus initially? Ponder this: when did the prophets speak of the resurrection of Jesus? Jesus uses the word “necessary” – why? How extraordinary to be there to hear Jesus expound on the OT scriptures concerning Good Friday and Easter! When were their eyes opened to recognize him? Luke then gives his account of the Great Commission and the promise of the Spirit.

 

PRAY: He is risen, just as he said! Hallelujah! Pray a prayer of praise that Jesus has conquered sin, death, and Satan. Ask God for wisdom to discern how the Bible is one book, with the OT speaking of the “necessary” death and resurrection of the Messiah. Thank God for this. Thank him for sending his Holy Spirit to dwell in us. Pray for our church as we participate in the Great Commission and go, send, give, and pray to that end. Father, bring fruit from VBS!

 

Friday, June 17

Read Acts 1

THINK: The gospel of Luke was part one of the doctor’s book; now the Acts of the Apostles is part two. Notice the connection between the end of the gospel and the opening paragraphs of Acts. Who was Theophilus? Who knows when Jesus will return? What are we to do while we wait for his return? Where did Jesus go? What were the disciples doing while they waited for the Holy Spirit to come (v.14)? Who was chosen to take the place of Judas Iscariot among the 12? How was this done? What were the requirements for consideration?

 

PRAY: Ask God to fill you today with his Holy Spirit. Ask God to fill our church leaders and members with his Spirit, enabling us to fulfill all he has planned for us as his body. Pray for our outreach to our Jerusalem (our city), our Judea (our region), our Samaria (nearby, diverse peoples), and truly to the ends of the earth (our international missionaries). Ask God to continue building us into a house of united prayer! Please pray with serious focus on the candidating weekend with Jimmy and Allison Hoang. Ask God to guide us as a church. Pray for the “Father’s Day” dads in your sphere of life.

 

Weekend, June 18-19

Read Isaiah 63:15-64:12

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: The prophet calls out to the Father, the heavenly Father, the Lord (on this Father’s Day weekend!). “Look down from heaven and see” he implores. What would the Lord see? A hard-hearted, wandering people. A people who had messed up so badly that “Abraham doesn’t know us.” According to Isaiah 63:19, they had messed up so much that it was now as if God had never been their Lord and leader! Chapter 64 opens with a heart cry for God to personally come and set things in order. It is a cry for revival (among God’s people) and spiritual awakening (in the land). Memorize Isaiah 64:4! God needs to come and do a great work of grace because the sins of the people are so serious (5b-7). Verse 8 reminds us of the hymn: thou are the potter, I am the clay, mold me and make me, after thy will; while I am waiting, yielded and still. Have thine own way, Lord, have thine own way.

 

PRAY: Pray a heart cry prayer to God, asking him to rescue, to save, to remake, to revive. These are desperate days! Pray a prayer of healthy desperation asking God to move by his Spirit. Pray for our church, our community, our nation, and our world. Thank God that no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.”

Pray for fathers on this Father’s Day. And pray especially for the Sunday afternoon meeting regarding a call to Jimmy Hoang to serve as West Campus Associate Pastor. May the Father guide us!

 

FAITH GROUP: What would Isaiah 64:1-4 look like if it happened today? Would you want it to happen? What does it mean to “wait for him” as v. 4 says? Have you ever prayed, “You are the Potter, I am the clay. Mold me, God”? How has God molded you?