Gospels in 40 Days – March 22

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!


Luke was a physician who traveled with Paul spreading the Good News. God gave him a passion for fact-finding, and Luke’s gospel was written as a historical work in chronological order that encouraged Christians in following Jesus and reads like an epic story. In Luke 1:3, he addresses the gospel to “most excellent Theophilus”, a word meaning “lover of God”.

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: Luke 1-3

MOST OF IT: Luke 3:1-20


Discussion Question

What are you doubting? Following Zechariah’s and Mary’s examples, what should we do with our doubt? 


Doubt and God’s Timing | Rebecca Hoyt


Luke 1:18 – Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”

Luke 1:34 – “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”


God’s timing is way different than ours. Zechariah and Elizabeth have been praying a very long time to have a child. As they grew old they probably gave up the possibility of having one. So when they were told by an angel they would have one, they were doubtful.  As was Mary who asked the angel how can this be? I remember another verse about doubt when God asked Moses to lead His people, and he said are you sure you got the right guy? I think it is human nature when we are asked to do something we are not comfortable with.


I think the devil likes to use doubt as a weapon against us. It’s very easy for me to get discouraged if I’ve prayed for awhile about something and haven’t heard answers. But I need to wait on God’s timing because he knows what is going to happen, and I don’t. I need to work on not doubting.


Dear Lord, thank You for each brand new day. Thank You for telling me today not to doubt You or get discouraged but keep praying and give it all to You.
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.

Posted on March 22, 2017, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. This same issue of doubt stood out to me. As I’m reading Luke, I’m noticing when an angel or Jesus says do not be afraid, it means that something inexplicable to human knowledge is about to happen but it will be good. “Do not be afraid” is meant to comfort us as we experience God’s power; He’s about to blow our socks off and then carry us through to the good on the other side.


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