Bible Readings: June 21-27 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 21-27

Monday, June 21

Read Psalm 121

THINK: The Songs of Ascents continue. Where should we turn for help when it’s needed? The Lord! Our Creator! He’s not a sleepy god who needs to be awakened from slumber. Does this psalm mean that nothing bad will ever happen to Christians? No. King David, for example, certainly faced his share of hardships. But nothing outside of God’s sovereign will befalls the believer. The evil one cannot thwart the hand of our God, and when hard things come, he is faithful to help, protect, and guide…and then, keep us forever! Blessed be the name of the Lord! Hallelujah.
PRAY: Pastor Dana once visited a shrine of one of the world’s religions. There was a large gong to strike, to awaken the sleeping god! How sad. What a reassurance that our Heavenly Father neither slumbers nor sleeps, and that he holds our eternal future in his divine hand. Pray line by line through this brief psalm, rejoicing in God’s protection and delighting in the fact that “he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”  Today is the first full day of senior high camp at Judson. Pray for Angela and Aaron Myers, who serve as Directors for the week.

 

Tuesday, June 22

Read Psalm 122

THINK: These Songs of Ascents were sung by worshippers on their journey to Jerusalem. This psalm celebrates Jerusalem. Warren Wiersbe writes, “How the people loved Jerusalem! It was a holy place because the temple was there, an honored place because David’s throne was there, and a happy place because the tribes were there to celebrate the greatness and goodness of God.” (WTW p.396) Because of their love for the city, they prayed for its peace. The history of Jerusalem confirms that need! Seeking its good today includes calling upon the Lord to bring the gospel of Jesus there.
PRAY: Pray for the peace and security of Jerusalem, and for the impact of the gospel there. Pray for the love of Christ to reach all the “tribes and tongues” of that region today and pray for a turning to Jesus by both Jews and Gentiles by the grace and power of God.

Pray for Pastor Thomas, serving as Speaker for senior high camp in the Black Hills this week. Pray each student hearing the gospel!

 

Wednesday, June 23

Read Psalm 123

THINK: Echoes of Psalm 121: where do our eyes look for mercy and help in our time of need? To you, O God, for you sit on the throne of heaven! He is our Master. He is our Supplier. He is our Helper. Like the psalmist, we can grow weary of the contempt of proud and arrogant unbelievers, who scorn our faith and criticize our walk with Jesus. But at the throne of grace we find mercy! Echoes also of Hebrews 4:16, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
PRAY: Ask God for help! Where do you need it today? Feeling worn and weary? Hurt or put down? Go to the throne of grace. “Mercy there is great and grace is free!” (to quote the hymn writer) Don’t be downcast; rather, hope in God and call upon his name. Amen!

Pray for Eileen Winter serving as Camp Nurse for senior high camp in the Black Hills this week. Pray for all the counselors as well as for all the campers. May this week be life-changing for many!

 

Thursday, June 24

Read Psalm 124

THINK: Take some moments to recall Israel’s history. What incidents might the psalmist refer to in these opening verses? Note the vivid language! Our songwriter knows both the history of his people and the faithfulness of God Almighty. Can you testify in a similar way? “My God has protected me, watched over me, and kept me safe in his arms.” Look up I Corinthians 10:13 and read it. Do you think the Apostle Paul had Psalm 124 in mind when he wrote those words to the Corinthian church? Do you feel today that you are “free as a bird” in Christ Jesus? Why or why not? Take a moment to ponder that.
PRAY: Thank the Lord that, because of Jesus Christ, you are a child of God with the Holy Spirit in your life. Thank him for his rescue in your life, time and again! What snares do you see up ahead trying to trap you? Tell the Father about them. Ask for his help in discerning your “way of escape” and rejoice that your Father has provided one for you! Memorize v. 8 and take it to heart by prayer. Pray for this final full day of camp at Camp Judson. Ask God to move in a mighty way in the lives of campers. Pray for discernment for leaders.

 

Friday, June 25

Read Psalm 125

THINK: Another Song of Ascents with Jerusalem in zoom and all who trust in God on the wide-angle lens! The composer is declaring that whatever the temporary setbacks the city on Mount Zion might face, God on the throne will deliver and fulfill his promise and help his people. And as that is true for Jerusalem, so it is true for all God’s people who trust in him! God will deliver, God will help, God will save. The enemy will not triumph in the end. So how should we then live? Trust God, do good, live uprightly by the power of the Holy Spirit. God is on the throne. Live for him.
PRAY: Thank God for all this promises and the hope that they give us. God has made amazing promises to Jerusalem, and to us! Thank him for peace of heart and mind through Jesus Christ and his word. Ask God to help you live in hope and do good for his glory.

Pray for Pastor Dave V and Jim Valder and other drivers bringing the youth home from Camp Judson today, for safety in travel and bonding of friendships made and spiritual steps taken.

 

Weekend, June 26-27

Read Matthew 28:16-19; Acts 2:37-41 and Acts 10:44-48

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: Baptism! Last Sunday we considered the baptism of Jesus by the original Baptist, John himself. Now we turn our attention to the command Jesus gave and how we see its initial fulfillment in the life of the early church. Acts 2 records a truly thrilling period of mighty impact as thousands respond to the gospel with repentance and faith and following the Lord Jesus in baptism. Acts 10 is similar, but with the added dimension that the Holy Spirit was working among the Gentiles! They too submitted to the waters of baptism. Clearly, the order of things in Acts is this: the good news is proclaimed, the Spirit moves people to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus, and they then testify to their faith by water baptism. God is working today in the same way!
PRAY: With all the tumult of our current time, the pattern of gospel ministry remains the same. Pray for the spread of the good news to all the peoples of the world! Pray for the Holy Spirit to transform hearts by God’s regenerating power. Pray for a harvest of souls in our country and around the world and pray for believers to testify to their faith by being publicly baptized. Pray for a harvest right here at Faith Baptist: God move! Glorify your name.
FAITH GROUP: How does water baptism testify to the life-changing power of the gospel? How was God working to establish his church in those days of the book of Acts?

Tell about your own journey to baptism and its meaning for you today (this is a repeat from last week’s readings). Recall and share the most unusual or gripping baptism you have ever witnessed.