Gospels in 40 Days – March 1

Welcome to our study of the gospels during the Lenten season. Lent is the Christian tradition of preparing for the resurrection of Jesus by taking intentional steps to grow closer to God during the 40 days before Easter.  The tradition mirrors Jesus going into the wilderness to fast and pray for 40 days, where he was tempted by Satan but was able to resist, strengthen, and grow his ministry for the days ahead (Matthew 4). Typical Lenten observances include fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial, and spiritual discipline.

To join the study, pick a reading plan to follow, journal on the day’s reading using the SOAP method of Bible study (see “What’s SOAP?” on our website for details), and check in for daily posts from our study leaders. We hope you will join us this season, intentionally stepping toward God!

Scripture

Mark is a good gospel to start in because it approaches Jesus’ life from the view of an outsider. His gospel was written mainly for an audience who didn’t grow up Jewish, so he explains traditions a bit more. And his gospel focuses on Jesus’ actions rather than his teachings. His purpose was to tell the Good News of Jesus. Mark didn’t know Jesus personally, but he did hang around with Peter, Paul, and Barnabas, and likely got most of the facts in his gospel from them.

Clicking on the following links will take you to the Bible Gateway website where you can read the NIV version of today’s reading:

Mark 1-3 or Mark 1:1-13

Discussion Question

What can I change in my life to please God? 

SOAP Note

God Spoke | Rebecca Hoyt

Scripture

Mark 1:11

Observation

I’m so excited to start our 40 day Lenten study. I’m doing the highlight version with my kids and then reading the rest myself.
My Bible notes two events pinpoint the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry: His baptism and His temptation. Jesus did not need John’s baptism of repentance because Jesus was sinless. However, by submitting to John’s baptism He humbled Himself to identify with those He came to save.

Application

After reading with my kids, I asked them what jumped out to each of them about the verses. One said it was neat that it was Jesus’ cousin that baptized him; I think it made Jesus more real to her. The other said she liked the fact that God really spoke, that a voice came from heaven. My thoughts went to verse 11 when God said, “You are my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased”;  wouldn’t that be awesome in my own life if I could hear God whispering each night — my child I am well pleased with what you did that day; I want to strive to please God.

Prayer

Thank You for us starting a new study; I am thankful I can do it with my family. Please let this truly be a time of getting our hearts ready for what Easter really means.

The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.

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