Gospels in 40 Days – March 14

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

Matthew was a tax collector before he knew Jesus, but once he got the call, he left it all to follow Jesus as one of the twelve apostles. Matthew was raised in the Jewish tradition and knew scripture well. His gospel is placed perfectly at the beginning of the New Testament to connect the Old to the New. He often references Old Testament scriptures that are fulfilled in Jesus, and his gospel’s purpose is to show that Jesus is the Messiah they’ve been waiting for.

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

ALL OF IT: Matthew 15-16,

MOST OF IT: Matthew 17:1-13

HIGHLIGHT REEL: none

Discussion Question

When you think about Jesus, how do you see Him in your life?

SOAP Note

Thou Art the Christ | Dyea Rowland

Scripture

Matthew 16:16

Observation

Do you have those intimate talks with Jesus; do you listen to His special instructions? Here Jesus is having a pretty personal conversation with Peter, one that would ultimately end up with conveying one of Jesus’ biggest assignments, ever. Jesus’ promise of authority is stated right here, and Peter knew exactly who Jesus was and where His authority had come from.

Application

As I am working on drawing closer to You and our intimate relationship increases, let me not get complacent in my walk, nor minimize Your deity. Show me the Truth and let me speak it as Peter did. As his name means rock;,You are my first — true — and firm foundation, my rock. Let me be a rock, just as You, then Peter as You continue to build Your kingdom. Let me always give You glory, as You are Christ Jesus, the Son of the Living God.

Prayer

Father, words are easy…let this prayer be more than just words. As You have grown my spiritual insight and given me authority, You have also grown my love for You. Let me always grow more and more aware of Your goodness and less and less of putting You in a box…my own made up box. In Your Son’s 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.

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