Bible Readings: August 15-21 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 15-21

Monday, August 15

Read 1 Samuel 26:1-28:25

THINK: Summarize the content of these three chapters. What are some of the main points and why are they important? What do you learn about God and about people in today’s text? Why didn’t God answer Saul when he sought Him? What did Saul do instead? What is ironic about Saul’s words in I Samuel 28:10? Was Saul’s interaction with the medium of En-dor right or wrong? What did the law say about consulting with mediums?

 

PRAY: Ask God to help you to be a person after His own heart, through the power of his Spirit. Thank him that all you need to know about God, yourself, and the future is within the pages of your Bible. Praise him that he hears your prayers because of the completed work of Jesus. Tell him all of your concerns for this day, and ask for his grace to follow Christ today. Today Pastor Jimmy begins as West Campus Associate. Ask God to bless his ministry among us!

 

Tuesday, August 16

Read 1 Samuel 29:1-31:13

THINK: We now come to the end of I Samuel. Recap some of the main events that were covered these past two weeks. Consider Israel’s rejection of God as king, Saul’s anointing, David’s defeat of Goliath, etc. What stands out most and why? In these final chapters, how did David find strength in the mist of trouble? How does the finding of the famished Egyptian reveal God’s sovereignty and faithfulness? (See I Samuel 30:8.) Recall the events that led to Saul’s demise and death of his sons. What lessons can you learn from Saul for your own life? Consider what he should have done when in trouble.

 

PRAY: Ask God for forgiveness for the times you were in trouble and did not find your strength in Him. Praise Him for His faithfulness in all things. Ask Him for wisdom and for a heart that honors Him in all that you do. Pray for those that do not know God through Jesus. Pray for all of our international workers who serve Christ and share the gospel!

 

Wednesday, August 17

Read 2 Samuel 1:1-2:11

THINK: II Samuel begins with David’s reaction to Saul’s death. What is significant about what David said and did? What does it reveal about his loyalty to God and His people? How might you have responded to the passing of someone that wanted you dead? Notice how David mourns for his dear friend Jonathan! How did David treat the men who buried Saul? What did he promise them and why?

 

PRAY: Praise God for his loving kindness, compassion, and care for you and your loved ones. Praise Him that Jesus is King and that he rules with righteousness and truth. Ask Him to give you a genuine love for people, especially those who are difficult to love. Pray for our nation’s leaders that they would turn to God for wisdom in all they do. Ask God to pour out his Spirit in revival and spiritual awakening. Pray for your Sacred 7. Pray for a vibrant witness in our community as we love our neighbors, do our daily work, and build relationships and friendships. May Christ be glorified in all we do.

 

Thursday, August 18

Read 2 Samuel 2:12-3:39

THINK: What do you think about the “competition” between Abner and Joab’s young men? How did Asahel die and why? What led to the death of Abner? How did David respond to Abner’s death–was he glad or sad? Why were the people pleased with David? Note: If you are familiar with David’s children, you may recall the trouble he had with some of those mentioned in II Samuel 3:2-4. We will read more about them later in the narrative of Scripture. David’s multiple wives will haunt him and lead to all kinds of heartache.

 

PRAY: Pray, thanking God for the privilege of being alive and being able to read the Word today. Thank him for all the ways that he provides for you. Thank him for being the loyal, faithful, and trustworthy King as well as a loving Father. Trust Him with even your smallest care today. Be mindful throughout your day today of His steadfast love demonstrated through the cross of Christ (Romans 5:8). Ask God to help us be faithful witnesses today.

 

Friday, August 19

Read 2 Samuel 4:1-6:23

THINK: Why did the two brothers believe they were in God’s will when they killed Ish-bosheth? What did it cost them? How did David experience such success in all he did? Why do you think God put Uzzah to death? What was the Ark and what was its significance? Do you think David’s act of praise to God for the Ark’s arrival was too much? What did Michal think of his dancing and why? What was the result of her disdain of David’s worship to God? Have you ever been accused of too much exuberance in worship?

 

PRAY: Thank God that he is always with you, and that even in your disobedience he offers forgiveness. Praise him that he both hears and answers your prayers. Ask him for the desire and strength to please him in all you do. Worship him in spirit and in truth by telling him why you love Him today. Pray for your Sacred 7. Ask God to bless our worship teams and our joyful, Christ-centered worship!

 

Weekend, August 20-21

Read Psalm 145

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 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: Make two lists here from Psalm 145:

      God’s attributes                                 God’s works

 

 

 

 

 

PRAY: What an amazing God reigns in the universe! How awesome is he! Pray a prayer of praise, lauding him for his character and thanking him for his works. Pray for those preaching on “KNOWING THE HOLY” this Sunday morning. Pray for our children and youth to come to appreciate and love our Holy God!

 

FAITH GROUP: Our series on the attributes reminds us of the many facets of God’s glory, the perfections which set him apart from us. But this Psalm also declares the wonder of his works. What stands out to you in this list of works of God? How has one of these works especially blessed your life? Share with the group.