Bible Readings: Sep 13-19 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 Sep 13-19

Monday, September 13

Read Proverbs 13:9-17

THINK: Death, headache, heartache, ruin – these are things brought about by wickedness, arrogance, hopelessness, and treachery. On the other hand, joy, wisdom, patience, reverence, and life correspond to righteousness, taking advice, small gains over time, lawfulness, and good teaching. Verse 16 says a wise man thinks before he acts. Have there been times that you’ve done or said something without thinking? What was your experience? Contrast that with things you’ve done after thinking things well through well.
PRAY: Finally, 16b says a “fool flaunts his foolishness.” He actually parades around and is proud of it. We’ve all acted foolishly before. Have there been times in your life when you haven’t been ashamed of your foolishness? Are there times that you haven’t realized your foolishness? Shame is a wonderful part of our conscience. It pricks us when we are wrong and helps guide us back to what is right. The last virtue of this section is honesty in verse 17. Make a list of things you’re ashamed of in your life, and make a list of the virtues you find in this section. Pray to God about these things. Confess your sin and your desire to be virtuous and more like Christ.

 

Tuesday, September 14

Read Proverbs 13:18-25

THINK: Grab your pen and paper and write down the theme of each proverb (verse) and what it’s related to. Consider the following examples. Verse 18 – Your dignity is affected by how you take instruction/correction. Verse 19 – The theme is obedience, and the reaction to it often indicates whether a person is wise or foolish. Try the rest of the verses, and see if you can pick out the theme and the relation.
PRAY: The applications of the book of Proverbs are endless. They speak to every area of life. In this section alone, there are references to poverty (v 18), quality of your friends (v 20), leaving an inheritance (v 22), disciplining your children (v 24), and more. These relate to all ages and various stages in life. Pick a proverb or two that applies to you. Perhaps you’ve picked some bad friends that consistently lead you to sin. Or maybe you’re retired and desire to leave an inheritance to your grandchildren and need some wisdom in that. Pray about these things. Ask God for help and thank Him for His blessing on your life.

 

Wednesday, September 15

Read Proverbs 14:1-10

THINK: With your pen and paper, make two lists. In one list, write down the things that associate with wisdom. In the other, write down the things that associate with foolishness. With these two lists, examine your life, your heart, and your thoughts. In humility and the honesty of your heart, what are some similarities you see between you and the book of Proverbs?
PRAY: The most important proverbs in this section are verse 2 and verse 9. Fearing God (v 2) is essential to uprightness. Without it, reverence and love for God is impossible. It is a certain kind of seriousness with which we take God. The flip side of this is verse 9. “Fools mock at the guilt offering…” This is the reaction when there is no fear of God. Fools are flippant about sin and care little to nothing about the ways of God. They don’t take God or sin seriously. They mock, laugh, and scoff at any kind of divine accountability. Pray that God would give you and our church humility and a healthy God-fearing conscience that honors Him and walks in the ways of uprightness.

 

Thursday, September 16

Read Proverbs 14:11-22

THINK: The Proverbs continually contrast the upright and the wicked. In this section, he contrasts these with images of dwelling places, paths, fruits of labor, amount of patience, attitude, the poor, etc. The proverbs sometimes have exception, but in general are true. For example, in verse 11 you might see the house of the wicked prosper for a little while, but eventually it will be destroyed. In verse 14, generally speaking, you reap what you sow.
PRAY: In verse 20, Solomon says that no one likes the poor, and everyone loves the rich. Then in verse 21, he almost rebukes these people by saying, “by despising your poor neighbors you’re a sinner, but you are blessed if you give generously to them.” Solomon lived at the peak of Israel’s prosperity. He lived in a materialistic society much like we do today. We tend to favor those who have lots of material and think a little less of those who don’t. Pray that God would give you a heart of generosity, especially toward the poor. Whether it be time or money or prayer, give generously to them that you might display the love of Christ.

 

Friday, September 17

Read Proverbs 14:23-35

THINK: Laziness, deceit, bad temper, envy – these are the qualities of evil. They are sinful. Hard work, truthfulness, fearing God, a level head, a tranquil heart, giving generously to the needy – these are the marks of the righteous. In verse 26 and verse 27, what comes to those who fear God? There are long-term effects if you continually fear God. If you fear God, you won’t oppress the poor and thereby insult your maker (v 31). If an entire nation fears God, they are prone to righteousness and will exalt a nation. The question is, do you fear God?
PRAY: We don’t hear a whole lot about the fear of God anymore. We used to compliment people by saying they were God-fearing men. Solomon says early in the Proverbs that the fear of God is the beginning of knowledge. In other words, we can’t know anything if we don’t fear God. On Wednesday, I asked you pray for humility and a God-fearing conscience. Pray those again, and may you be characterized by being called a God-fearing person and Faith Baptist Fellowship, a God-fearing church.

 

Weekend, September 18-19

Read Colossians 1:1-14

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: As is typical of Paul, he begins with establishing his authority and credentials. What are they based on? In this first passage, there is a recurring theme of prayer. Why did Paul offer prayers of thanksgiving for the Colossians? How did the Colossians express their faith? What does Paul say about the Gospel? Who is Epaphras? Note all the specific things Paul is praying for the Colossians. Is there any one thing that stands out to you? Why should we give thanks to the Father? What has He done for us?
PRAY: Prayer is the central focus of this passage. Paul offers thanks for the faith of the Colossians that is evident to all the saints. Offer a prayer of thanks when you see Christians expressing their faith in acts of love and compassion for others. Do you ever wonder what to pray for someone who wants to grow in their faith? Verses 9-12 offer some specifics: Pray for wisdom and understanding of God’s will; pray for obedience and faithfulness in their daily walk; pray for strength and endurance to do good works that represents Christ well; pray for endurance and patience and joy. Pray for a thankful heart that comes from recognizing all that God has done for us!
FAITH GROUP: Are you thankful for your fellow believers? What practical ways can you express that gratitude? Spend some time discussing what deliverance from darkness means. As you feel comfortable, share your personal testimony. How did God deliver you from darkness, and how is your life different now? In reviewing verses 9-12, are there one or two items that stand out to you that you would want others to pray for you? Spend time praying for each other in these requests.