"LENT" comes from the Old English word for Spring, and it is a period of 40 days before Easter, excluding Sundays. As a Christian, the Lenten season beacons us to deepen our understanding and appreciation for the abundant grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ's saving work on the cross.
Lent is a time to reflect on what God has done for you and me... reminding us that we are mortal, and that our future lies completely in the hands of the God who created us.
LENT traditionally begins on Ash Wednesday (this year, March 5th) with the tradition (not a requirement) of putting ashes on the forehead in the form of a cross as a sign of our sinfulness (the ashes usually come from the dried and burned palms from Palm Sunday the year before). Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, and Jonah are all Old Testament prophets who talk about wearing ashes as a sign of our sinfulness, and Jesus also mentions it as a fitting sign of repentance. The ashes are a sign of humility and recognition of your own sin.
By reminding ourselves of our need and willfully submitting to Christ's authority, we prepare our heart to celebrate Easter with a renewed sense of joy and amazement!
While there is certainly nothing wrong with preparing for Easter through some form of self-denial or intentional good works, it is important to realize that these will not win us God's favor, earn special blessing, or increase His love for us. God’s love for us could not be any greater than it already is!
I would like to boldly challenge you to embrace the Lenten season this year by making a commitment to read through the four Gospels during this forty day season (excludes Sundays) using the S.O.A.P. Bible Study method.
The S.O.A.P. Bible Study method is simply reading the (S) scripture assignment for the day ~ (O) observe and underline every verse that resonates with you, then pick one verse from the whole reading ~ (A) apply the verse to your live ~ (P) pray the verse.
Print the list below or follow the link to download
and let’s take this Faith Adventure journey together!
40 Day through the Gospels Reading Plan
Read Day 1 on Wednesday, March 5. Day 2 is Thursday, March 6th. Day 3 is Friday, March7th. Day 4 is Saturday, March 8. Sunday is off. (The first week assignment would assign reading Matthew chapters 1 through 9 before Sunday.) Day 5 resumes with Monday, March 9th. Etc.
After lots of research there are several available online and mobile app options, but they don’t offer the same plan on all platforms. www.biblegateway.com has a 40 day online Gospel reading plan, but that plan is not available on the mobile app version. www.youversion.com has a 30 day mobile app Gospel reading plan. Therefore, to be on the same page, I went with the hard copy list.
Posted on Mon, March 3, 2014
by Josh McClary