Gospels in 40 Days – April 11
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 15-16
MOST OF IT: John 17:1-23
HIGHLIGHT REEL: none
What encourages you?
Be Brave | Dyea Rowland
John 16:33 – “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
There were so many things that Jesus talked to his disciples about – to include all the great promises in both chapters 15 and 16, but what a way to send the disciples off, encouraged.
…and what a way to keep me encouraged! You told Your disciples there would be trouble in the world then, just as we are facing now. But like then, You promised that there was nothing to be afraid of. You promised the peace that we could have within while things were spinning out of control in the world around us. You promise that all that needs to be done is, be brave — because You defeated not only evil but death. You know this is my go to verse, when I need peace in my heart, no matter what kind of situation I am facing. The whole world needs this “peace” promise too. I know You’re coming soon; let me always keep Your Holy Spirit close – dwelling within.
Father, Your promised peace; dwelling inside is what I need. Not that I am scared for what is going on in the world, but I can feel the heaviness. Let me be brave and bold; let me share this peace promise with any and all who come my way. Let Your presence and peace abound no matter what happens. In Jesus’ name…Amen.
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