Bible Readings: Nov. 4-10

We recommend you have a notebook and pen for answering questions and recording your thoughts and insights. Bring this notebook with you to Faith Group for discussions and prayer times. Select a quiet place and consistent time to read and pray. We also recommend you pray for a moment before you read God’s word and ask for his illumination by the power of the Holy Spirit as you read.

Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP –Prayer Point

Monday, Nov. 4

Proverbs 30:18-20

TAI: V. 18 is an expression of amazement at “three” things, then “four.” Have you ever been amazed at an eagle’s flight? Or how about how a snake can climb rocks without slipping, or a ship sail in high, rough seas and not sink? Also amazing is the chaste, sexually pure love and uniting of a man and woman in marriage. Contrasting that is an adulteress’s cover-up of her sin: she can wash and deny but she cannot hide her sin from God.

PP: Parents, pray for your children to understand and embrace sexual purity, discerning what a marvelous gift of God sexuality is when kept for the riverbanks of covenant marriage. Men, ask God to help you maintain purity in your thoughts and attitudes toward women. Pray for a counter-revolution in our country, with purity and God’s gift of sex understood in a biblical way. It is awesome!

Tuesday, Nov. 5

Proverbs 30:21-23

TAI: To be honest, the writer’s meaning behind these proverbs is difficult to discern. Perhaps it is something like this: it is disheartening when 1) an unqualified person becomes king; 2) a foolish person nevertheless has an unearned abundance; 3) a woman is stuck in a loveless marriage; or 4) a man has an affair with his servant. Are there things in your life that are disheartening for you right now?

PP: Pray about those things you find disheartening in your life. Bring them to God, asking for wisdom (James 1:5) and perseverance and grace. Pray for others you feel are in disheartening situations. Ask God to equip them with every gift they need.

James 1:5

Wednesday, Nov. 6

Proverbs 30:24-28

TAI: Small but wise: these proverbs encourage us when we feel small to yet live wisely and have an impact. What is extraordinary about each? Ant. Rock badger. Locust. Lizard. Your life can have a LARGE kingdom impact, by God’s grace.

PP: Ask for God’s help to live wisely, a life that will make an impact for the glory of God. Ask God to help you live your life: filled with the Holy Spirit, aware of your spiritual gifts and using them, sharing with others the grand truth of the gospel, and displaying the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Facing difficulty? Express your trust in God!

Thursday, Nov. 7

Proverbs 30:29-33

TAI: What makes a king stately as he strides among his people? Why does the writer compare that with the three animals? What is his point? Vv. 32-33 are a warning against “pressing” yourself (exalting yourself, or conniving in an evil way). What examples warn us against pressing yourself? What does the writer mean by “put your hand on your mouth”? Why is exalting yourself foolish?

PP: Tell God that you want to be humble, contrite, and tremble at his word, rather than proud, cocky, or mischievous (read Isaiah 66:2). Confess that we live in a culture that often exalts pride and ridicules humility. Ask God to help you have a Christ-centered, humbly holy view of yourself. Since “righteousness exalts a nation and sin is a reproach to any people,” ask God to do a mighty work of the Spirit in our land.

Isaiah 66:2

Friday, Nov. 8

Proverbs 31:1-9

TAI: Here King Lemuel relates lessons on leadership his mother taught him. Summarize those lessons. What did she forbid? What did she prescribe? What was her view of justice? Of righteousness? Would you recommend these standards for leaders today? Would these standards be wise for your life as well?

PP: Pray for godly leadership in the church, and for wise leadership in our nation. Pray by name for our leaders, asking God to move powerfully in their lives, giving them a strong desire for righteousness and justice, holiness and truth. Since this is not possible apart from the saving grace of God, pray for a movement of the Holy Spirit in our nation and its churches, exalting Christ and humbling leaders.

Nov. 9-10

Romans 16:1-16

TAI & PP: What kind of welcome is “in a way worthy of the saints”? What do we learn here about Phoebe? As you read these vivid descriptions, note the special descriptions and characteristics communicated by Paul. What do these tell us about the people who make up the church of Jesus Christ? Do you know people like these? How have they impacted your life? Are you a person like this?

“God, grant us the grace to live this way!” Pray for Faith Baptist Fellowship, its members and Faith Groups, to live the Christian life in a way pleasing to God. Pray that our church life would be characterized by love.

Pray for Pastor Dana as he prepares and preaches on this marvelous passage. Pray for each listener to hear the word of God with humility and eagerness. “Move among us, Father in heaven! Help us to love one another and to love you.”