Gospels in 40 Days – April 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!
John was one of Jesus’ closest apostles. He often referred to himself in his gospel as the disciple Jesus loved. He was also pretty young when he walked with Jesus and watched him die on the cross, and he later played a large role in the expansion of Christianity, penning 1, 2, and 3 John and Revelation as well as his gospel and pastoring a church in Ephesus. His gospel is the most relational of the four gospels as it best describes who Jesus is and helps us to know him better.
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: John 9-10
MOST OF IT: John 11:17-27
HIGHLIGHT REEL: John 11:17-27
Do you stand firm believing in Jesus no matter what happens?
Going Through the Motions | Dyea Rowland
John 9:35, 38 – Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”… Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”
The blind man was “sent” and he went, and because of belief and obedience, he was healed. Now I could go on and on about the lack of support and boldness of his family and peers around him, but let’s give focus elsewhere. The focus goes on all that matters and that is; this man had just regained his sight. Instead of rejoicing for the healing, it was picked apart, and he was cast out. But it didn’t matter to this man; he believed and worshipped Jesus.
When the world seems to be against you, whether you’re going through exciting times or hard times, I found the hope in You today! You have spoken to me; I see that I haven’t been the bold one for Your greatness and I haven’t been very supportive of others…no matter if they are going through the rough and even exciting times. I know that You are who You say You are; now I need to act like it. When I am “sent”, let me go!
Father, I have been too focused inward and not upward or outward. I believe in Jesus, Your Son, who does mighty things. My focus needs to come right back to You, so that I’m bold and firm when any kind of situation comes my way — involving me directly or indirectly. Thank You for Your grace and mercy; and thank You for Your clear word today. In Jesus’ name…Amen.
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