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 #29 Goal: 1 & 2 Corinthians
Daily Readings: 7/13: 1 Cor. 1-4. 7/14: 1 Cor. 5-8. 7/15: 1 Cor. 9-12. 7/16: 1 Cor. 13-16. 7/17: 2 Cor. 1-6.
7/18: 2 Cor. 7-13. 7/19: The Lord's Day.
Introduction: 1 and 2 Corinthians offer a good picture of the first generation local church in Corinth. It is not always a picture of "goodness," but it is a good picture, an accurate picture of what a local church looks like and what a local church has to deal with while on earth. You will see that Paul deals with multiple issues that have arisen in the church. He deals with issues of gross and unrepentant sin. He deals with issues of divisions, quarreling, pride, and cliques. He deals with issues of immaturity and worldly thinking. He deals with issues where church members are not loving each other as they are called to. He deals with doctrinal issues: the resurrection, Christian conversion, Spiritual gifts, and the doctrine of the preaching of the word, to name a few. Underneath it all is the foundational role of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in forming, sustaining, and sanctifying the Lord's church until the Day of Christ Jesus. The gospel is the power and the wisdom of God, and as such, it stands opposed to the so-called power and the so-called wisdom of the world. The gospel, by the power of the Spirit, creates a people for God in Christ. We are to be a different people. We do not think, speak, act, or relate to each other as the world does. No, we are children of God. We are brothers and sisters in the Lord's household. We are the church. We are Christ's, not our own.
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.
July Prayer Focus:
We are going to move away from our 2020 Prayer Points for July because of what's going on in our nation right now. July's focus is to pray for our leaders and nation. I challenge you to pray for specific leaders in specific ways, and to pray for God to do specific things in our nation and churches.
1 Timothy 2:1-2, "First of all, then,
I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be
made for all people, for kings and all who are in high
positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and
dignified in every way."
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).
Prayer Card PDF
Large Print Prayer Card PDF