Bible Readings: Sep 6-12 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 6-12

Monday, September 6

Read Proverbs 11:22-32

THINK: Lack of discretion (v. 22), wickedness and wrath (v. 23), suffering (v. 24), cursing (v. 26), trouble (v. 29), and punishment of the sinner (v. 31) are the things that Solomon says characterize or come to the wicked. By contrast, desiring righteousness (v. 23), giving freely (v. 24), bringing blessing (v. 25), seeking good diligently (v. 27), flourishing (v. 28), and wisdom (v. 30) are characteristics of righteousness and are to be desired and practiced. It is not always true, but generally speaking, good things come to righteous motives and deeds, and bad things come to the wicked. This is evident by verse 31. If you act without discretion, hold on to greed, and be constantly troublesome to your family, you will not be well thought of by others. But if you give freely, bless others, and speak wisdom, you will capture the hearts of many (v. 30). This is the repayment Solomon speaks of in verse 31.
PRAY: Look at these things above and examine your own soul. Are you happy giving freely? Do you trust in wealth, or are you free from that vain trust that you may flourish? Ask God for forgiveness in your shortcomings, and praise Him for His glorious righteousness!

 

Tuesday, September 7

Read Proverbs 12:1-9

THINK: Solomon contrasts the wise and the wicked by addressing these four things: the mind (vv. 1, 5, 8), the man (vv. 2, 3, 9), the marriage (v. 4), and the mouth (v. 6). How can you tell the wicked from the wise? Does he love instruction in learning? Or does he scoff at correction? Is he blown around by evil influences? Or rooted in righteousness? Is she a wife of excellence that her husband praises her (Proverbs 31; Ruth 3)? Or is he ashamed of her? Does his mouth spew forth things of hatred, or does he speak truth courageously in purity? Is he humble and low with a little money left over, or does he appear to have everything, and in reality, have nothing?
PRAY: Perhaps the most important verse of this section is 2a. “A good man obtains favor from The Lord…” This is the greatest desire of the Christian heart. And God, by His grace, has given us favor firstly through His son Jesus Christ by which salvation alone is obtained. Secondly, we can please our Heavenly Father with righteous living. Grab your pen and paper and write down some ways you can honor God this day with your mind, as a man/woman, in your marriage, and with your mouth. Pray those to God and find  His favor in doing them.

 

Wednesday, September 8

Read Proverbs 12:10-17

THINK: What do these verses tell us about the relationship between people and work? How does a righteous and wise person think about their job? Going even further than just work, what does verse 15 tell us about how we approach the decisions and paths our lives will take? Where are you getting your wisdom from? Is it coming from your thoughts and desires, or is it influenced by the Bible and the wise counsel of others around you?
PRAY:  We know that God provides for us – thank Him for that provision. We see in these verses that one common way He provides for us is through our work. Pray for a right attitude about our work. Also, pray for wisdom (see James 1:5) and for others to share it with us as we also pass it on.

 

Thursday, September 9

Read Proverbs 12:18-28

THINK: The beginning of this section gives several comparisons of the ways people talk. We see the value of truth, honesty, and the power that speech has for cutting deep or bringing healing (v. 18) and being a “fountain of life” (go back to Proverbs 10:11). Think back on your words and interactions over the last few days – how would you characterize what you’ve said? Has it been true? Has it brought peace and life to those around you? What opportunities do you have coming up to give a good word (v. 25) that can bring gladness to someone around you?
PRAY: Ask God to help you through the Holy Spirit with your speech. Pray that you would have opportunities to share truth and bring joy to those around you through what you say to them. Be grateful for the gift that we can communicate with each other, with speech being a primary method.

 

Friday, September 10

Read Proverbs 13:1-8

THINK: Make sure to listen to the father’s instruction! That is the way of the wise! Who is it that does not listen to rebuke? What is the promise for guarding one’s mouth? And the alternative, opening wide our lips? Reread verse 4—”The soul of the sluggard craves and get nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” What are some actions that the righteous follow? What is all the pretending going for being rich and poor? What is the ransom of a life (verse 8)?
PRAY: Praise your Heavenly Father for His instruction! Thank him for the promises that He conveys through His word. Pray to guard your tongue in speaking truth and not gossip. Pray that God would bless you with a great desire to work for His glory. Pray for continued wealth in the knowledge and ways of the Lord. Thank Jesus for the work that he has done in you and through you! We are a nation of wealth. Pray that the people of our nation would stop taking this for granted and bow to the knowledge and wisdom of Jesus Christ!

 

Weekend, September 11-12

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: We are beginning a new sermon series at both Faith Baptist locations, teaching through the book of Colossians. The series is called Mystērion, based on Colossians 1:27, “God chose to make known…this mystery (mystērion in Greek), which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” This book is gloriously Christ-centered! In this study, we will see Christ celebrated as:

  • The object of a believer’s faith
  • The image of the invisible God
  • The creator of all dominions
  • The head of the church
  • The firstborn from the dead
  • The unifier and reconciler of all things
  • The Savior through his sufferings on the cross
  • The treasury of all wisdom and knowledge
  • The triumphant victor over sin and Satan
  • The exalted Lord of life and glory, and
  • The true pattern for the life of Christian faith (Source: ESV Study Bible)

Paul begins this exciting letter with a prayer of thanksgiving. What is Paul thankful for, specifically? What things are you thankful for this past week? Follow Paul’s example and write them out.

PRAY: Notice how Paul then prays for this church in verses 9-14. Make this prayer your own, and pray it for the people of Faith Baptist. Also be in prayer for the start of fall ministry at both locations. Prayers to be “strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy” would be very appropriate for this busy time!
FAITH GROUP: How are you thankful for your fellow believers? What practical ways can you express that gratitude? Consider writing an encouraging note of thankfulness to someone and signing it as a group!