Bible Readings: June 14-20 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 Jun 14-20

Monday, June 14

Read Psalm 119:113-128

THINK: Samekh – What are “double-minded” people like? Why is that bad for a Christian? Note the images of protection for the one who trusts in God and walks with him. Do God’s promises hold you up? How? A sobering thought: there is no promise of safety for the wicked. Why is it healthy to fear the Lord? Ayin – In the spirit of this entire acrostic poem (Ps 119), this section again contrasts two ways to live. One way is to love God’s law and his word, walk in his precepts, and trust him. The other is to be arrogant and insolent, oppress the godly and pursue false ways. Through Jesus Christ, we can know God, walk by the Spirit, believe God’s promises, and hope in the glorious future we have in God’s presence.

 

PRAY: Tell God that you choose today to walk with Christ! Ask him to fill you with the Holy Spirit. Thank God for his precious promises. Confess any known sin and rejoice in the cleansing power of the cross. Ask God to help you make holy, wise, godly choices today. Ask God for protection from what evil people will do today. Thank God that in Christ there is eternal safety and joy!

 

Tuesday, June 15

Read Psalm 119:129-144

THINK: Pe – You have your own “wonderful testimony” of God’s grace in your life through Jesus Christ! What do you think the poet means when he says, “it imparts understanding to the simple”? Do you “pant” in eagerness for God’s word? What is the poet saying by that? God is gracious to those who love his name! Hallelujah! “Keep steady my steps” is a good prayer for today! Tsadhe – How does believing that God is righteous (character) and that his rules are right lead us to confident living? God’s promise does not fail; that’s why we love it! Few things are sure; God’s word is sure! It’s easy to be righteous for an hour, or a day; God is righteous forever!

 

PRAY: Like the poet, we know that life is not trouble-free (v.143). Yet we know God is righteous, and in Christ, our future is secure. Pray about any “trouble and anguish” you are experiencing right now. Tell it to your Father! Ask him to help you follow his precepts today, trusting in Jesus and walking by the Spirit. “Father, keep steady my steps today. Keep me from veering off into sin or silly distractions. Help me value what is most valuable and love what is most important. I rejoice that you are righteous forever! Amen.”

 

Wednesday, June 16

Read Psalm 119:145-160

THINK: Qoph – What a beautiful section of wholehearted prayer! Pictured is a committed believer who trusts in God and walks in God’s way who awakens in the night and early in the morning to call upon the Lord for help. Is this your experience? Do you find yourself awake with worries or anxieties in the night? And do you turn those thoughts into prayer? Are you trusting in the steadfast love and justice of God, that one day he will make all things right? The Lord is near!  Resh – Think of the song, “His mercy is more.” What a grand truth. Walking in God’s way is not some sort of self-salvation. No, God is our Redeemer! Christ is our Redeemer! God gives life by his steadfast love. God is our Source for truth. Blessed by God.

 

PRAY: Pray through these two powerful segments of the acrostic poem, taking each line to heart, making it your own. Tell God what is awakening you in the night. Bring your supplications to his throne of grace. Rejoice in his mercy and steadfast love in Christ! Pray for our youth gatherings tonight.

 

Thursday, June 17

Read Psalm 119:161-176

THINK/PRAY: The final two segments of acrostic poem Psalm 119, Sin/Shin and Taw – The concluding verses are much in the spirit of the first 160 verses. Look back on the entire poem. Reflecting, write down your personal response to Psalm 119 here in the form of a prayer. Tell God all you hope to remember and act on!

 

 

Friday, June 18

Read Psalm 120

THINK:  The following Songs of Ascents are thought to be psalms sung by Jewish pilgrims on their “ascent” into Jerusalem for worship and feasting. Psalm 120 briefly describes a scene where a warrior king is trapped by deceitful enemies who long for trouble. Warren Wiersbe: “Only God can deliver you from lies and their destructive power, and only God can judge the liars. Just be sure you are ‘valiant for truth’ in your own life (Jer 9:3).” Sometimes when we are looking for quick deliverance, God gives instead endurance for the long haul. In what present circumstances of life are you in need of endurance today?

 

PRAY: Tell God about the wounds you have suffered from liars and deceivers. Ask him for deliverance and healing, but more, ask him for endurance for this present evil age. Express your longing for the perfection of the new heavens and new earth! PRAY FOR PEACE!

And thank God for Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith!

 

Weekend, June 19-20

Read Matthew 3:13-17 and Matthew 28:18-20

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: One important question looms over the verses in Matthew 3. Why would Jesus, without sin, need to be baptized by John? You read John’s reluctance. How did Jesus explain himself? What do you think Jesus means? Ponder that in anticipation of Sunday’s message. In light of the Great Commission text in Matthew 28, note that the command, the verb, is “make disciples.” We are to “make disciples” which involves these participles: going, baptizing, and teaching. Does baptism seem optional to you in this passage? Have you been baptized (immersed in water) as a believer, to publicly profess your faith in Jesus Christ before others?

 

PRAY: What a great joy that there have been baptisms recently at both of our campuses! Thank God for that. Ask him for more! Pray that many would become disciples by faith in Jesus Christ. Ask God to be powerfully working, drawing people to himself, taking out hearts of stone and giving hearts of flesh. Pray for our pastors preaching on these marvelous passages, the baptism of Jesus Christ and his Commission! Pray also for youth and leaders traveling to Senior High Camp in the Black Hills today, and for a great week at Camp Judson. Angela and Aaron Myers are camp directors and Pastor Thomas is speaking.

 

FAITH GROUP: Does it seem strange to you that the sinless Lamb of God, Jesus, would need to be baptized? Talk it over. Why did Jesus submit to baptism? Why, if Jesus himself was baptized in water, are some people who profess faith in Christ reluctant to be baptized? Talk about your own journey. What does your baptism mean to you?