Bible Readings: July 11-17 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 July 11-17

Monday, July 11

Read Acts 17

THINK: An extraordinary chapter! Wow! Write a brief description of what takes place in each locale:

Thessalonica

 

Berea

 

Athens

 

What stands out to you about Paul’s Areopagus sermon?

 


PRAY
: Ask God to empower his church to turn the world upside down (v. 6)! Tell him you want to be an eager student of the Scriptures, a Berean. Pray through the Areopagus sermon, praying its truths and praying for many people today to meet Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Pray by name for someone God brought to mind as you read this sermon. Pray for the Hoang’s relocation to Sioux Falls.

 

Tuesday, July 12

Read Acts 18

THINK: Why were Aquila and Priscilla in Corinth? What common ground did they have with Paul? How was Paul spending his “free” time at Corinth? What was the result? How does this section seem to align with the main themes of the book of Acts? How should vv. 9-10 build our own confidence in sharing with others about Jesus and the good news? As we read of the legal issues surrounding the gospel, Jewish religion and Roman rule, etc. we are reminded of our own day, when our freedom as believers is under legal attack.

 

PRAY: Isn’t it remarkable how God used pagan law to move Aquila and Priscilla to the place where they could best serve him! Ask God for opportunities to serve others and share the Gospel message where you are, and for wisdom and boldness to grab those opportunities when they come. Praise God that no actions of people can thwart him in fulfilling his purpose. Pray for our brother Jim Capaldo as he seeks to strengthen all the churches in our region. Pray for our South Campus elders and for all of our church staff.

 

Wednesday, July 13

Read Acts 19

THINK: The Spirit continues to be poured out on the Gentiles. From the ESVSB: “That they had not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit indicates they had not heard of the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost, and therefore they probably had not heard much of Jesus’ life and ministry, and certainly not of his death and resurrection…as followers of John they would have known his message that the Messiah would bring the Spirit.” Explain the incident with the Sons of Sceva. What was the impact of it? What caused the riot at Ephesus? What quelled the riot?

 

PRAY: Praise God for pouring out his Holy Spirit upon the Gentile peoples. Ask God to continue to move by his Spirit until every tribe and language group has a worshipping, witnessing church. Ask God to fill you today with his Spirit, so that you can testify to others of his grace and life-changing power. Rejoice in prayer that “greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.” Pray for Pastor Dana and family traveling today to Georgia for Christa’s family reunion.

 

Thursday, July 14

Read Acts 20

THINK: What problem did Paul encounter when he preached too long at Troas? How was that incident resolved? Have you ever fallen asleep during the sermon? Summarize the main points that Paul shared with the church leaders from Ephesus. What do you learn from that passionate address? What do you think Paul means by “the whole counsel of God” in v. 27? Do you think we preach and teach the whole counsel of God here at Faith? What kind of “wolves” are a danger to believers today?

 

PRAY: Pray for our church! Pray for our Elder Council. Pray for wisdom and discernment and for our commitment to declare the whole counsel of God. Pray for every teacher to exercise great care in teaching the Bible, whether to children, youth, or adults. Pray for our protection against the false teachings common to our day, and the wolves who would disrupt and destroy our gospel faithfulness. Ask God to call forth missionaries and pastors from our flock with a passion for the gospel and the whole counsel of God!

 

Friday, July 15

Read Acts 21

THINK: The Journey continues. Where did Paul go? As they were at their destination, what was the disciples’ message to Paul about going to Jerusalem? Who told Paul to go to Jerusalem? Paul relates in detail all the things that God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. How does the group respond to what Paul had told them (v20)? Paul’s enemies claimed three false charges against Paul: 1) That Paul taught Jews to forsake their heritage, 2) that Paul opposed the law 3) and that Paul defiled the temple. As the passage continues Paul’s life is in grave danger.

 

PRAY: Praise the Lord for the work that he is doing saving the lost! Thank the Lord for raising up those that speak his truth and minister to the lost. Pray that you would be bold in sharing the Gospel with those around you. Be mindful to pray throughout your day today (1 Thess. 5:17). Pray for our Alaska team leaving today for ministry.

 

Weekend, July 16-17

Reread from Monday Acts 17:22-34

If you’ve fallen behind this week, consider using these extra days to catch up. You can also prepare your heart and mind for our study of the Attributes of God, called Knowing the Holy. Important Note: for this series, texts and attributes will not be identical on the two campuses. Let your heart be challenged and encouraged by these scriptures and truths about God’s character, and then receive the message on God’s character delivered at your campus.

 

THINK: “As though he needed anything” in verse 25 points us to the self-sufficiency and self-existence of God. He did not create the human race because of any lack in himself or need. A.W. Tozer writes in his classic, The Knowledge of the Holy, “To admit the existence of a need in God is to admit incompleteness in the divine Being. Need is a creature-word and cannot be spoken of the Creator…His interest in His creatures arises from His sovereign good pleasure, not from any need those creatures can supply nor from any completeness they can bring to Him who is complete in Himself.” (Tozer, p.32, The Self-Sufficiency of God)

God is not like us! We have needs; God does not. Aren’t we glad? Oh yes.

 

PRAY: Pray for the speakers preaching on the profound truth of God’s flawless, divine character. Ask God to move our hearts and minds as we ponder these glorious truths. Lord, change us as we know you more and more! Father, help us grow!

Pray for our Alaska team as they minister in the community of Palmer, AK, this week. Pray for Angela Myers and other adult leaders and for the students.

 

FAITH GROUP: Discuss the message you heard on your campus concerning God’s divine attributes. Was there anything new you thought about for the first time as you listened and reflected on the Scripture? What stunned you about this attribute of God? How were you helped?