Gospels in 40 Days – March 28
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 15-16
MOST OF IT: Luke 11:1-13
HIGHLIGHT REEL: none
Are you listening to the words Jesus has for you?
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Luke 16:14-15 – The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight. The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the Kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing their way into it.”
Jesus had just told of how no servant can serve two masters; they would either love God, or they would love the everything but. The Pharisees heard this and they scoffed at Jesus. But God knew their hearts. He knew that they were covetous and greedy; He knew they heard Him but just didn’t listen.
I haven’t been listening as much as I should. I have not been taking the must needed time to prepare my heart for the celebration of Your death, burial, and resurrection. I have allowed all other distractions in and not allowed Your voice to be heard. I know which master I want to serve…help me listen to all You have to say.
Father, I don’t want to be like the Pharisees; I don’t want to be double minded. This is a time for preparation, and I have not been listening or allowing You to draw me in to You. You have words for me; help me hear. In Jesus’ name…Amen.
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