Bible Readings: July 4-10 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!

 

Monday, July 4

Read Acts 12

THINK: What circumstance led to Peter’s imprisonment? How did the church respond? (Verse 5 is a marvelous one to take to heart.) How did Peter come to be set free from his incarceration? Luke’s description of Peter’s arrival at Mary’s house is humorous. Do you think they were shocked that God delivered Peter? What would your expectation have been? Ponder the account of Herod (vv.18-24) and consider: how important is it to give God the glory in all things?

 

PRAY:. Ask God to help us pray with faith believing that He is able to do far more than we ask or think (Eph 3:20-21). Express thanks that our lives are not ruled by superstition or myth but by the Lord God who reigns in the universe. Thank God for every answered prayer. Ask God to help you live each day for his glory, giving him the glory for life and breath and every good thing he has given.

Today being the 4th of July, pray for our nation. Ask God to revive his church across America, bring a harvest of souls to himself, and move in spiritual awakening in our culture and government.

 

Tuesday, July 5

Read Acts 13

THINK: Verses 1-3 are vitally important. The church was already a multi-racial, multi-ethnic collection of people. What was the church doing when the Lord spoke? How did the church respond? Note: the world would never be the same! Cyprus again is the context for an amazing scene. Whom did Paul rebuke and why? What was the outcome? Analyze the extensive content of Paul’s gospel message in the synagogue. Why did he emphasize the history of Israel? Why did he quote extensively from the OT scriptures? Notice how Jesus Christ, the cross and resurrection are the culmination of the message. The Sabbath day then is a crucial turning point. Who believed the message? What made the disciples rejoice?

 

PRAY: Ask God to help you develop your own gospel testimony so that you can tell others about Jesus and what God has done for you. Ask God for open doors to share the gospel. Pray for your family and friends who need the Lord. Ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Ask God for continuing fruit from our South and West VBS weeks.

 

Wednesday, July 6

Read Acts 14

THINK: What division brought turmoil at Iconium? What miracle so astounded the people at Lystra that Barnabas and Paul were called Zeus and Hermes? How did those men respond to this idolatry? What ongoing ministry did Paul and Barnabas have in that region, even after suffering severe persecution? Are you prepared to stand fast in tribulation? What did those men do at every new church? The first missionary journey ends with a praise report to Antioch!

 

PRAY: This marvelous chapter ends with a report of “all that God had done with them.” What has God been doing with you lately? Praise him! Thank him! Take a moment to think about God’s great grace in your life; pray a prayer of rejoicing. Ask then for strength and faith to stand firm in the face of trials, and even to rejoice in them. Praise God for appointing elders for our church and intercede for them now. They often carry a heavy burden, yet with rejoicing.

Pray for the Alaska team of leaders & students leaving next week.

 

Thursday, July 7

Read Acts 15

THINK: What problem did the early church have to confront? Who made the decision that the gospel would be preached to the Gentiles? What yoke was Peter speaking about? The gospel of grace! What a beautiful and wonderful and life-changing truth! What testimony did Paul and Barnabas offer to support God’s work of grace among the Gentiles? What OT prophecy did James cite? What was in the letter sent to the church at Antioch? What sharp disagreement caused a multiplication of missionary teams?

 

PRAY: Isn’t it amazing how God both confirmed the work of grace to the Gentiles and also protected the gospel of grace from harm? We are the beneficiaries of this. Thank God for the gospel of grace and for the work of the Holy Spirit in us. Thank God for saving you! Pray for the further spread of the gospel to peoples who have never heard and for the planting of new churches around the world. Praise God that even when the apostles disagreed, he was able to multiply the workers. Pray for our gospel ministry right here in Sioux Falls.

 

Friday, July 8

Read Acts 16

THINK: Why do you suppose Paul had Timothy circumcised when the Jerusalem council in the last chapter made clear it was not necessary for salvation? God’s Spirit clearly redirected the missionaries to Macedonia, though the text does not make clear how he did this. How did Lydia come to believe the gospel when she heard it? (see v. 14) What upset the abusers of the young slave woman at Philippi? Where did Paul and Silas end up as a result? How did God deliver them, and who got saved as a result? Note the emphasis on baptism after saving faith in this chapter. What led to an amazing apology?

 

PRAY: Consider how Timothy went from being a young Christian to a vital pastor and leader in the early church (I & II Timothy). Pray for God to move in the hearts of young people in our church as well! Pray for God to graciously move in the hearts of lost people so that we see our own group of Lydias, slave girls, and jailers converted and then baptized as they begin to follow Jesus. Paul and Silas went through so much, but the fruit was glorious! Ask God to give us courage to suffer for Christ and joy to see gospel fruit as well.

 

Weekend, July 9-10

Read Daniel 6

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: Today we begin a series on both campuses on the attributes of God. Our series is inspired by the A.W. Tozer classic, The Knowledge of the Holy. [Please Note: the order and selection of attributes covered this summer on each campus will differ as a variety of speakers make their choices of what they want to preach.] To quote Tozer: “We do God more honor by believing what He has said about Himself and having the courage to come boldly to the throne of grace than by hiding in self-conscious humility among the trees of the garden.”  This summer, we will seek to GROW in our knowledge of that God has revealed about himself in his word, and then RESPOND to that revelation with FAITH and PRAYER, for we believe with all our hearts that God is at work in our troubled world today and bringing all things to completion according to his word.

 

PRAY: Ask God to bless our speakers for this opening Sunday of the new series, with Pastor Dave Vilhauer at West Campus and Pastor Dana at South. Ask God to help you grow in your knowledge of him this summer, with grace to not only receive the truth but also respond to it in the obedience of faith. Pray for Pastor Jayson on sabbatical, and also for Pastor Jimmy and Allison as they continue to plan their transition to Sioux Falls for ministry at West.

 

 FAITH GROUP: Describe to your group a time when you experienced a breakthrough in your understanding of God’s glory and his attributes. What prompted that breakthrough? How did it impact you and change you?