Pick up a 2020 Faith Challenge booklet in the lobby at church or print the PDF below.
It is a prayer and Bible reading guide that will last all year.
Week #5 Goal: Exodus 1-18
Daily Readings: 1/27: Exodus 1-4. 1/28: Exodus 5-7. 1/29: Exodus 8-10. 1/30: Exodus 11-15. 1/31: Exodus 16-18.
Intro: Exodus 1-18 all happens before Israel and Moses come to Mt. Sinai and receive the Law of Moses. These chapters record the historical fulfillment of God's promise to Abraham in Genesis 15:13-15, "Then the LORD said to Abram, 'Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years.  But I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions.  As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age.  And they shall come back here in the fourth generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.'" Exodus begins with the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob suffering as slaves in Egypt. They cried out to God for help and God heard their cries and helped them. Why? Because God is faithful to his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Exodus 2:23-25!).
Suggested Reading: Christ From Beginning to End, by Trent Hunter and Stephen Wellum.
Devotional Tip: Don't give up! Pray for urgency and affection in your Bible reading. Remember this is about your personal fellowship and relationship with God: He loves you; love him. He seeks you; seek him. He forgives and redeems; trust in him.
P R A Y
Commit 2020 to the joy and power of secret prayer (Matt. 6:6; 14:23). Pray for our church and our impact in the community and in each other's lives.
Pray for God's name to be revered as holy, his kingdom to come, and his will to be done in our lives and church (Matthew 6:9-10).
Pray for our church to grow in evangelism, love for the lost, and for God to save sinners through our ministries (Romans 1:14-17; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
Pray for our church to grow in unity, love, and service to each other for the building up of our church in the grace and knowledge of Christ (Ephesians 4:1-6; Galatians 5:6).
Pray for our church to grow in reconciling personal relationships, forgiving each other from the heart, and mutual humility in all situations (Matthew 6:11-15; 18:15-35).
Pray for us to put the glory of God and biblical truth first and not our personal preferences, emotions, or traditions (1 Corinthians 10:31; 1 Peter 4:11).