Bible Readings: July 26 – Aug 1 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 Jul 26-Aug 1

Monday, July 26

Read Psalm 146

THINK: Charles Spurgeon introduces these last five Psalms by stating that “we are now among the Hallelujahs. The rest of our journey lies through the Delectable Mountains. All is praise to the close of the book.” While this psalm begins with a call to praise, vs 3 & 4 offer a word of caution. What are we instructed not to do and why? Note the comparison between the princes in vs 3 and God in vs 5 & 6. What should motivate God’s people to praise the Lord? In addition to God’s power displayed in creation, in what other ways is God’s power displayed? Note the longevity of the Lord’s reign compared to the princes.
PRAY: Princes are those born into the lineage of nobility. But the psalmist cautions his readers not to place their trust in princes. Why? Their power and position are temporary. They will not last. The reason we can trust God is that He existed before us, He created us, and He will sustain us throughout every circumstance we may experience. Ultimately, He will make everything right and can bring us into eternity where we will praise Him forever. His reign will never end! Praise Him for all these things!

 

Tuesday, July 27

Read Psalm 147

THINK: Some scholars believe these last psalms were written to celebrate the rebuilding of Jerusalem after their return from exile (Nehemiah 6:16; Nehemiah 12:27). Note that the rebuilding that occurred in vs 2-6 involved people, not physical structures. Verse 5 states that the Lord is great, powerful, and beyond understanding. How is that made evident in the verses that follow? What should our response be to these things? What gives God pleasure and delight?
PRAY: Do you ever think that God is too busy with bigger things than to pay attention to your troubles and circumstances? Meditate especially on verses 2-6. Are you feeling like an outcast? Pour out your heart to God and He will gather you to Himself. Are you brokenhearted and wounded? Ask God for His first aid and healing. Have you been humiliated by some event? Ask God to lift you up. Praise God that He can do all these things and more. Praise Him for His greatness, power, and understanding that is beyond our ability to fathom.

 

Wednesday, July 28

Read Psalm 148

THINK: Charles Spurgeon describes this psalm as, “a song of nature and of grace. As a flash of lightning flames through space and enwraps both heaven and earth in one vestment of glory, so doth the adoration of the Lord in this Psalm light up all the universe and cause it to glow with a radiance of praise. The song begins in the heavens, sweeps downward to dragons and all deeps, and then ascends again, till the people near unto Jehovah take up the strain.”
PRAY: Can you imagine this scene? All God’s creation in heaven above and on earth below together praising God! It reminds us of the scene described in Revelation 7:9-12 where a multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language are before the throne praising God. According to an Argus Leader article from 2014, there are at least 137 languages spoke in Sioux Falls! What should be our role as individuals and as a church body in reaching out to these peoples with the Gospel? Pray for a mighty movement of God’s spirit among these languages and people groups.

 

Thursday, July 29

Read Psalm 149

THINK: We are almost at the last Psalm and still among the Hallelujahs. This is “a new song,” evidently intended for the new creation and the people who are of new heart. This psalm begins and ends with ‘praise the Lord’ (Hallelujah). There is a recurring theme in several of these last psalms—God taking pleasure in His people and lifting up the humble. What is it that truly pleases God? Note that while God takes pleasure in the worship of His people, He will also execute vengeance and justice on all evildoers, a sobering reality.
PRAY: 1 Peter 5:5-8 speaks of God opposing the proud but giving grace to the humble. We are to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt us at the proper time. Note that the ‘proper time’ may not be in this life but the age to come. Knowing this, we can cast all our anxieties on Him because He cares for you. Humility and worship please God. Ask God to keep you from pride and anxiety.

 

Friday, July 30

Read Psalm 150

THINK: This hymn of praise closes the Psalter. It is the doxology, the climax of sound at the end of a symphony performance! Verse 1 is a call to praise and where to praise—in His sanctuary (heaven). Verse 2 gives a reason to praise—His mighty deeds and His excellent greatness. Verses 3-5 detail what praise involves—music and dancing. Verse 6 details who should be involved in this praise—everything that breathes!
PRAY: The list of musical instruments, with its mixture of wind, strings, percussion, and dance, gives the impression of loud song and ceaseless motion—the worshiper’s whole body offering praise to God (ESV Study Bible). This may put some of us out of our comfort zone, but perhaps there is a need to add some creativity and enthusiasm to your worship of the Lord. Ask God to show you some specific steps you may take in this direction. Pray for our worship teams at both Faith South and Faith West as they lead us in praise and worship this coming Sunday and each Sunday we meet.

 

Weekend, July 31-August 1

Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-27

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: This Sunday, Pastors Dana and Jayson will explore the New Testament doctrine of membership in the local church. In this passage, Paul uses the human body to illustrate Christ’s body, the Church. Verse 12 provides a three-part summary of the rest of the chapter: (a) The human body is a unit, (b) The human body has many parts, (c) The parts of the human body work together as one.  What lessons are there in seeing the church as a human body? Who appoints members of the body to their positions and why is this important? How well do you interact with other members of the body of Christ? What does membership in the local church mean to you?
PRAY: Pray for Pastors Dana and Jayson as they open God’s word to us this Sunday. Have you been received into membership here at Faith? Do you feel this is an important step to take? Ask God to show you where He has appointed you to be in the body of Christ. Regardless of your part in the body, ask God to show you how to value and honor others’ contributions to the body.
FAITH GROUP: Discuss in your Faith Group what you think are your personal responsibilities or gifts that can be used in the body of Christ. Discuss the importance of membership in the local church body. When have you felt like an important or insignificant part of the body at Faith? What can you do to suffer with those in the church who suffer and rejoice with those who are honored?