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 43 Goal: Ezekiel 25-48
Daily Readings: 10/19: Ezekiel 25-28. 10/20: Ezekiel 29-32. 10/21: Ezekiel 33-36. 10/22: Ezekiel 37-40. 10/23: Ezekiel 41-44. 10/24: Ezekiel 45-48. 10/25: The Lord's Day.
Introduction: Beginning in chapter 40, Ezekiel
writes about a symbolic vision of a new temple of God that God showed him in
the Spirit. In the New Testament, we get to read about the fulfillment of this
vision. The architectural temple of the Old Testament was a symbol of a greater
reality: God with his people. That is what the temple signified and
foreshadowed. It represented God's presence with his people on earth. And it
also represented the reality that one day, God's people will dwell with God in
heaven. It is clear in the book of Hebrews that the Old Testament temple was an
earthly replica and representation of heaven itself, the dwelling place of
God. One day, we will be in heaven with God. Back to the New Testament's
fulfillment of Ezekiel's symbolic vision of a new temple. First, Jesus' body is
called a temple (John 2:21). Jesus is the full and greatest revelation of God;
Jesus is God. He is the way God has come to be with his people.
He is the way sinners can come and be with God. Second, the Christian's body is
the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19). This is because we are filled with
the Spirit of the risen. God is not only with us but also in us.
His glory fills the temple, our bodies. Third, the church as a whole is the
temple of God (2 Cor. 6:16; Eph. 2:21). Fourth and finally, the New Heavens the
New Earth has no temple, because God himself is the temple (Rev.
21:22). Here is the ultimate and fullest expression of what the architectural
temple symbolized and pointed to: God with his people. That is where we are
headed in Christ. Praise his holy Name! "And I heard a loud voice from the
throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell
with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as
their God" (Rev. 21:3).
Week #44 Goal: Daniel
Daily Readings: 10/26: Daniel 1-3. 10/27: Daniel 4-6. 10/28: Daniel 7-9. 10/29: Daniel 10-12. 10/30: Catch-up day. 10/31: Catch-up day. 11/1: The Lord's Day.
Introduction: An important prophecy about Jesus is found in Daniel 7. This is Daniel's vision of the Ancient of Days giving His kingdom to the Son of Man. However, the Son of Man does not receive the kingdom for himself only, but as a representative and on behalf of the people of God, the true Israel of God. Here is an excerpt from 7:13-14 that is often given a subtitle like, "The Son of Man is Given Dominion:"
 "I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven
there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days
and was presented before him.
 And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom,
that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him;
his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed."
Jesus' most common way of referring to himself is the Son of Man. What did John the Baptist preach was about to come? What did Jesus preach was coming? The kingdom of God. Jesus does all that he does to establish his eternal reign: the kingdom of heaven, the kingdom of God, the kingdom of the Ancient of Days. The Father gives the Son the kingdom -- a kingdom of BOTH redemption and eternal life for God's people and of judgement and eternal punishment for God's enemies -- and the Son gives the kingdom to believers: the church, true Israel. Therefore, Jesus says, "Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (Luke 12:32).
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.
October Prayer Focus:
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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