Gospels in 40 Days – April 10

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

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 13-14

MOST OF IT: John 15:18-27

HIGHLIGHT REEL: none

Discussion Question

Describe the Holy Spirit in your life. 

SOAP Note

My Advocate | Becky Newman

Scripture

John 14:23, 26 – Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them… But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

Observation

Jesus leaves his apostles and us with a reassuring promise. His answer to his apostle’s question in verse 22 is that we don’t have to see Jesus to be welcomed into the Kingdom of God. If we believe and commit to following Jesus by obeying his teaching, God will make a home in us through the Holy Spirit! The Holy Spirit is unseen but is how God helps us to be followers of Jesus. The power of the Holy Spirit is how these gospels were written, reminding Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John of everything Jesus said so we would have a written guide to following Jesus, the Word made flesh. The definition of “advocate” is a person who pleads for or in behalf of another or an intercessor.

Application

The Holy Spirit works and pleads on my behalf, going back and forth between heaven and earth to help me stand strong to the end. I am thankful for my Advocate! Thank You for this promise. The unseen parts are what makes choosing to follow Jesus difficult. But when we do, You provide help to bridge the gap between seen and unseen. As a believer, the Holy Spirit is always with me, at home with me, even when I don’t “feel” Him.

Prayer

Holy Spirit, help me to always be ready to accept Your teaching and reminders. Thank You for interceding for me and being my help, and thank You for the divine orchestrations that have helped me acknowledge and recognize You more in my life.

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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