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 #38 Goal - Begin Psalms Book V: Psalms 107-119
Daily Readings - 9/14: Psalms 107-110. 9/15: Psalms 111-115. 9/16: Psalms 116-118. 9/17: Psalm 119:1-64. 9/18: Psalm 119:65-136. 9/19: Psalm 119:137-176. 9/20: The Lord's Day
Introduction: If you have been tracking with this Bible
reading plan, you know that the book of Psalms is composed of five books, or
five collections of Psalms. This week we read the first portion of the final
book, Book V. Psalm 119 is a classic favorite from Book V, and it is our
reading for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. It is the longest chapter in God's
Word, and guess what it is about. It is all about God's Word. The psalmist
sings of the great significance of God's Word and of his great love for God's
Word. God's law, commandments, statutes, ways, promises, guidance, wisdom, and
so forth, are precious to the Psalmist and precious to us. God's revealed
and written Word is our guide for all things in life and church. Jesus is the
ultimate and personal revelation of God in the world; and Jesus has given us
both the written Word (which is outside us), and the Holy Spirit (who is inside
us) to guide us on the right path. Truth comes from God's Word; truth is
received and honored by the Holy Spirit. As you read Psalm 119, meditate on
God's grace in not only revealing the truth in his Word, but also in opening
your heart to the truth by the Spirit (see Acts 16:14). He is merciful
Week #39 Goal - The Book of Job
Daily Readings - 9/14: Job 1-7. 9/15: Job 8-14. 9/16: Job 15-21. 9/17: Job 22-29. 9/18: Job 19-36. 9/19: Job 37-42. 9/20: The Lord's Day
Introduction: Job was righteous (by faith, not
by works!). And Job suffered greatly. He had true faith; he experienced excruciating
loss. He struggled to understand what God was doing and where God was. His wife
told him to curse God and die. Satan afflicted him. His family was taken from
him. His friends tried to counsel and comfort him, to no avail. He questioned
God, called upon God, and waited for God to help him. In the end, he never got
the answers he was looking for. But! But he was restored. Blessing was restored
to him. Job repented before the Lord when the Lord came to confront him. Job
interceded before the Lord for his friends whose counsel was wrong. Job was a
righteous sufferer who in the ended was restored and lifted by God Almighty.
How does Job's experience fit with Israel in the O.T. or with the church of the
N.T.? Israel was God's chosen people and yet suffered greatly in exile, but God
promised to restore and renew them. Jesus is the ultimate righteous sufferer;
and his resurrection is the ultimate restoration. Jesus' life was one of
perfect righteousness; his death was the ultimate suffering that was not deserved
(it was also the perfect mediatorial sacrifice on behalf of others!); and his
resurrection to eternal glory is the ultimate restoration. Job foreshadows
Christ; in Christ we find righteousness, suffering, and restoration.
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. We have made a placard that you may print and stand up at home or work.
September Prayer Focus:
September's focus is to 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, then, in this way: 'Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven."
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).
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