Gospels in 40 Days – April 14

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 19

MOST OF IT: John 20

HIGHLIGHT REEL: John 19:38-42

Discussion Question

Who is the ultimate authority, and how can I practice submission to that authority? 

SOAP Note

Authority | Guest Post

Scripture

John 19:11 – Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”

Observation

I think this verse is talking about how you cannot put yourself in authority; only God has the power to give authority. Everyone who is in office, teacher, principal or even a parent is your authority because God blessed them with it. Cause even the people who put Jesus on the cross had authority. Jesus had an authority to God.

Application

Sometimes I take my own authority on and put myself before God, before my authority at home. I know by reading this God is telling me my authority in my life for a reason. Respecting authority is big part of everyone’s life; adults have bosses who have bosses all the way up to the president, who even has responsibilities and even authority.

Prayer

Lord, I pray that You can help me respect my authorities. I also ask that the authorities in my life respect You as an authority because You gave them authority that they have. I also pray that everyone knows that You’re the ultimate authority and no one can get anywhere without You. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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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