Bible Readings: Aug 30- Sep 5 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 continue our daily bible readings with spending time in Proverbs. 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 Aug 30-Sep 5

Monday, August 30

Read Proverbs 10:1-10

THINK: It’s true, isn’t it, that mothers often feel the deep sorrow of a child’s foolishness. To die in the righteousness of Christ gains eternal treasures! In this variety of proverbs, sloth is clearly a target for scorn. Every day we make choices. Righteous choices (those aligned with God’s will) lead to blessing; wicked choices (defiant of God’s will) lead to ruin–sometimes in the short term, sometimes in eternity. The wink of the eye – to what is that referring? Ponder v.10.
PRAY: So much of our reading thus far in Proverbs has related to wisdom. These individual sayings do also! Choose three of them that apply to you currently, and then pray about them. Ask the Father for his grace and help to live in accordance with his will as revealed in these sayings. Parents, pray for your children (or grandchildren!). Married? Pray for your spouse. Ask God for his wisdom (James 1:5) in making the everyday choices of life today.

School has begun now for most of our children and teens; pray for them to have a great year. Ask God to be at work in their lives by the power of the Holy Spirit. Pray for their salvation and growth.

 

Tuesday, August 31

Read Proverbs 10:11-21

THINK: More individual sayings pointing to wisdom. The “mouth” seems to refer to more than just speech: thoughts-speech-actions. What follows is a series of contrasts. What insight occurs to you as you reflect on these contrasts? Do you tend to “heed instruction” (that is, take the word of God to heart), or do you tend to “reject reproof,” considering your way best? At its heart, this is a matter of pride vs. humility. What is slander? Why is it wise to restrain our lips? Foolish to say too much? Notice the emphasis on what we say.
PRAY: James warns us about our tongues, “How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire…” (James 3:5-6) Here in proverbs, our speech is tied to our actions. Ask God to help you tame your tongue by the power of the Holy Spirit. Think of all the ways we can sin when we speak without regulation. Confess to God if you have sinned with your tongue. Ask for wisdom and grace to heed God’s instruction. Pray for teachers and administrators (we have both at Faith) as a new school year revs up.

 

Wednesday, September 1

Read Proverbs 10:22-32

THINK: The believer may not have great wealth in worldly goods, but if we have the blessing of the Lord, we are truly rich! Rich in God! Ponder the phrase, “Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool.” How is the Christian to be different? What does it mean that “the righteous is established forever” (v.25)? Vinegar to the teeth! What is the point of that statement? What are some keys to a long and fulfilled life? We live in a time when there is much perverse speech. The outcome of that will be folly and destruction. We are warned.
PRAY: Rejoice that in Christ, you are rich in God, rich in grace, rich in all the things that matter most when it comes to eternity. Ask the Father to help you value what is eternally valuable and disregard the things that will disappear like a vapor. Rejoice and thank God for hope in the midst of a despairing world, for wisdom when all around you there is foolishness. Ask God for the mind of Christ.

Pray for the troubled nations of Afghanistan and Haiti. Pray for believers to be strong and courageous, to shine with the love of Christ in the midst of darkness. Pray for those making important decisions about these places. Pray for the lost to be saved.

 

Thursday, September 2

Read Proverbs 11:1-11

THINK: What is an abomination to the Lord? What is his delight? Why do you suppose that is? Also, why does pride bring disgrace? The key word here is integrity – in a very crooked world. When the day of God’s wrath comes, what good will worldly wealth do? Why does Solomon align lust with treachery (v.6)? Why are wicked choices so shortsighted? How can a person’s mouth destroy his neighbor? What exalts and builds up a city? How can we, as believers, exalt and build up the greater Sioux Falls community?
PRAY: Integrity is in short supply in our world. Believers walking in integrity will stand out from the crowd and gain the respect of those impacted by crooked behavior. Ask God for grace to walk in a manner worthy of the gospel, a walk of uprightness and honesty, a Spirit-filled walk. Ask God to give you a great love of truth, beauty, and sexual purity, all to the glory of God. Ask God to help you speak words to others that build up and strengthen, not tear down and injure. Ask God to help us as the body of Christ to have a positive, strengthening, hope-giving impact on our city of Sioux Falls!

 

Friday, September 3

Read Proverbs 11:12-21

THINK: “Trustworthy in spirit.” Would you say that phrase describes you? What does that look like in everyday life? (Look at the context.) If there is going to be safety in counsel, what must be true about the counselors we choose? Why is it unwise to put up security for a stranger? What might be a better route to help someone? ESV SB encourages us not to view v.16 in isolation (the violent get rich!) but rather in the context of the section 16-21. How does that help put these statements in perspective? Verse 21 is reassuring for those righteous in Christ. Those who choose evil will face the Lord.
PRAY: Tell the Father that you choose to be “trustworthy in spirit” and ask for his help by the power of the Holy Spirit. Ask also for grace in choosing counselors and advisors whose help will truly align with the will of God, and godly wisdom rather than worldliness and the flesh. Ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit today to live a life of kindness, righteousness, and grace toward those around you. Thank the Lord that in Christ, “There is therefore now no condemnation.” What a blessing it is to know God and walk with Christ!

 

Weekend, September 4-5

Read Romans 15:14-21

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: What a visionary, expansive, kingdom-minded viewpoint to bring our Discipleship Essentials – Living on Mission series to a conclusion! Do you sense the great passion for Jesus Christ that drove the Apostle Paul? Was he boasting about himself? Where did the power come from for such a vast and impactful ministry to the Gentile world? What was now Paul’s passion and desire going forward? Why should the church of Jesus Christ always be looking outward to take new territory with the good news of Jesus? What new territory might God have in mind for Faith Baptist: some who have never been told, who have never heard of Jesus and his love?
PRAY: Pray for our pastors as they bring our 16 weeks of Discipleship Essentials to a conclusion. Ask God to give you a large vision for the gospel impact of your life and our church. Pray for those we have sent out to reach the unreached peoples – those who have never been told and have never heard. Ask God what role he has for you in either going or sending. Pray for the lost people in your sphere of influence and for your witness to them.
FAITH GROUP: Talk about the passion and vision that drove the Apostle Paul. What things cloud our own vision for gospel-centered, Christ-honoring living? What things help fuel your passion for Jesus? Pray earnestly for the Faith missionary assigned to your group. Ask God to fill them with grace and the Holy Spirit for the large task to which they’ve been called.