Gospels in 40 Days – March 7
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.
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As you read God’s Word more, do you see signs of Him working more in your life and/or in the world? Do you have the responsibility to get the Word out, or did this only apply to the disciples?
Obeying His Command | Dyea Rowland
Mark 16:20 – Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed His Word by the signs that accompanied it.
It was finished; Jesus had gone to the cross and suffered – let me say that again – suffered, and He did that for all of us, personally. But have no fear, He’s alive, and He lives! Throughout the chapters, many acts of “awesome” were considered. Joseph of Arimathaea went to Pilate in a bold statement of faith – risking treason — but went anyhow. And the women of faith presented boldness and displayed that nobody should ever underestimate a woman of faith. This is what Jesus would have us do — take those risks and be bold – why not – He did it for us.
The past couple of weeks I have been in a place where Your Word is not heard very often; it saddens me, considering the place. I needed to be reminded of the acts of risks and boldness that were displayed in the chapters that I just read. All that was written because You went to the cross for me; You suffered and died for me; and moreover, You live with me and are here with me in all situations. I have no reason to be fearful about any situation. I have seen the seen those miracles, healings, and answered prayers that follow by preaching Your Word – I’m ready to see more and experience more of You.
Father, You know what kind of a week it was, heavy and dark. I had so many questions; I was tired and found myself in a place where “people in charge” appeared to be stumbling blocks. Regardless of the whole situation, after praying, confiding in an amazing friend, and getting much needed sleep, what I realized is that Your Word was absent. I was unsettled because You weren’t being talked about; there was no Jesus anywhere. I changed that quickly, I know, with You right there with me, confirming that truth – light was shone in the darkness, which was also for me to see. I need that. So I want to thank You for affirming just what I needed and why I needed it. I also want to give You thanks for taking the heavy away and giving me peace through that small storm – just You, again, confirming Your greatness. I want everyone to know they can know You like this too. Let me always preach Your Word. In Jesus’ name…Amen.
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