Gospels in 40 Days – March 4-5
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!
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:
What barriers are keeping you from turning your life fully over to God?
Surrender | Jess Howell
The rich young man in this story had a lingering question for Jesus. The man had done all that he thought he needed to do to have eternal life, but he was holding onto the world and its money rather than clinging to God. Sadly, he wasn’t willing to give it all up.
I truly believe the young man in this story wasn’t being conceited about his life; he truly thought he should have a ticket to heaven, until Jesus shows him what he really needs to do (sell everything and give to the poor). I know there are many things that I’m blind to that God is waiting for me to turn over to Him. Instead of more “works” for God, I need to simply surrender.
God, You know how much I love checklists and To Dos. I’m more comfortable with my lists than I am just letting You Do. There are things I’m holding onto that need to go; help me to pinpoint these things and know without a doubt that You are behind it. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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.