Bible Readings: August 8-14 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 Aug 8-14

Monday, August 8

Read 1 Samuel 17:1-18:4

THINK: The encounter between David and Goliath is one of the most well-known passages in Scripture. How did Saul, his army, and young David each respond in the face of Goliath’s challenge? What is the main point or message of what took place? (See 17:45-47) Where does our fear come from? What did David know, even as a youth, that drove his courage to face Goliath and answer the challenge? One of the remarkable results of the David/Goliath encounter was a deep bond of friendship that developed between David and Jonathan. It will prove crucial in the years to come.

 

PRAY: Ask God to give you courage to live openly for Jesus Christ in these challenging days. Ask him to use the current series on his divine attributes to strengthen your faith and confidence in his Lordship and leadership in your life. Ask God to give you godly, faith strengthening friendships to encourage and build up your faith. Pray for the Hoang’s as they settle into Sioux Falls this week.  

 

Tuesday, August 9

Read 1 Samuel 18:5-19:24

THINK: Saul becomes jealous envious of the praises and success of David. From where does envy spring? V.10 is challenging: a harmful spirit from God? Why did Saul fear David? (v.12) Why was David so successful? Throughout the section, Saul’s emotions toward David wax and wane. What do you think that indicates? Saul even tries to use marriage to his daughter to get at David. David and Samuel and the prophets: what could be more important than the very presence of God in your life! Ponder: When you hear of the success of others, what is your response?

 

PRAY: Praise God today for His divine protection. List at least 3 ways that He has protected you and/or your family this past year:

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Give God thanks for each one. Give praise to God that even though you have sinned against Him, you are blameless before Him because of Jesus! Ask God to guide us to an office ministry asst. and youth discipleship intern. Pray for the elders in this process.

 

Wednesday, August 10

Read 1 Samuel 20:1-21:15

THINK: We learn again in this section how God used the friendship between Jonathan and David to preserve David’s life and clearly guide him. Jonathan’s faithfulness as a friend and wisdom are evident. What is the significance of I Samuel 21:4-6? (See Matthew 12:3-4). What is ironic about David fleeing to Gath?

 

PRAY: Praise God that He is in control of all things for His glory and our good! Thank him for faithful, loyal, truthful friends he has placed in your life. If you need such a friend, ask God for one! Rejoice in your freedom in Christ to walk daily with God, in grace and not legalism.  Pray for tonight’s youth meeting, and for fruit from camps and the Alaska trip. Pray for Jayson winding up his sabbatical.

 

Thursday, August 11

Read 1 Samuel 22:1-23:29

THINK: David continues to show integrity and trust in God while Saul seeks to kill him. Saul shows signs of paranoia, fearful for no reason that David is plotting against him. The result of Saul’s paranoia is a bloody tragedy at the hands of Doeg the Edomite. What do Saul’s words and actions reveal about his heart? (see Matthew 15:18-19) David protects both his family and those devoted to him, and shows both courage and wisdom as a leader. He seeks God’s guidance and direction again and again. Jonathan remains a faithful friend.

 


PRAY
: Thank the Lord for His Word today: that you can read it, that you can understand it, and that you can apply it. Ask God to give you love and patience for those that oppose you as a Christian. Pray for them! Praise Him for the new heart that He has given you.  Express your cares and concerns to Him and ask for guidance. Ask God to continue to guide our church through this period of change. 

Friday, August 12

Read 1 Samuel 24:1-25:44

THINK: Warren Wiersbe wrote: “David’s conscience was so tender that he was troubled after he cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. He was humiliating the king, and David knew what it meant to respect authority. A sensitive conscience is a great treasure and valuable guide. Don’t lose it!” (With the Word, p.176) Dr. Wiersbe also wrote, “God used Abigail to prevent David from becoming a murderer. She reminded David of Nabal’s true character and of David’s efforts to do God’s work…This is good counsel to heed the next time you consider seeking revenge. Ponder Prov. 20:22 and 24:29.”

 

PRAY: Thank God for giving you a conscience and the Holy Spirit to guide and direct your thoughts and actions. Ask Him to continually fill you with His Spirit and keep you from sin. Look back at times God has kept you from doing wrong and thank him. Pray for those that you know are in need of healing, encouragement and grace. Consider contacting those individuals to let them know you prayed for them today. Call upon God to bring renewal to our country!

 

Weekend, August 13-14

Read Psalm 103

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: The Mercy of God! What a grand theme. As Psalm 103 says, “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” That sentence alone is worth our time to reflect, pray with thanksgiving, and worship. In Christ all our iniquity is forgiven, and what an encouragement to know that “the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never some to an end, they are new every morning” (Lamentations 3:22). Ponder this truth today: “As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us” (Ps.103:12). Truly, “Bless the Lord, O my soul!”

 

PRAYER: Borrow these grand words from the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:4-5 to pray a prayer of thanksgiving and praise: “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,  even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved…” Pray for Greg Friesner as he brings the message on Psalm 103 this Sunday at South Campus and Jim Capaldo as he has the message at West Campus. Pray for those on your Sacred 7 list who need to experience the mercy of God.

 

FAITH GROUP: Do you have a hard time accepting that your sins are removed from you as far as the east is from the west in Christ? What makes accepting the mercy of God so difficult for some people? How does our pride get in the way? Discuss this, and then celebrate together the wonder of the cross and the joy of personally knowing the kind and merciful God who saves!