Lent is a 40-day period of time that leads up to the celebration of Easter. If you’re new to church or Christianity, Lent can sound a bit strange. But followers of Jesus have found incredible meaning in this season for over 1500 years. We think it is one of the best opportunities to explore your spiritual journey and pursue wholeness and healing in life. This year we’re journeying together through the book of Luke, looking at interactions Jesus had with others throughout his life. This week we start with a weird story from the beginning of Jesus’ ministry to discover its implications for Lent and our everyday lives.
Title of Series: Lent 2019, Introduction | March 3, 2019 | Click here for printable version.
Key Passage: Luke 4:1-13
Secondary Passages: Hebrews 4:14-16, 12:1-3
- What are events or activities that create rhythm in your life (e.g. school, holidays, sports schedules, busy work seasons, etc)?
- What is your personal experience with the season of Lent? Have you observed Lent before, and if so, what was your experience, – good, bad or indifferent?
- As you consider the story of Jesus’ temptation, how do you identify with the experience of temptation personally? What does it look like when you feel tempted?
- Of the 3 core human temptations Jesus faced – provision, power and protection – which poses the greatest current temptation to rely on yourself currently? Describe how you experience that temptation and how you respond to it.
- What are the most consistent sources of noise or distraction that hinder you from connecting to the rhythm of God in your life currently?
- Think about the upcoming season of Lent, and maybe consult the NDC Lent calendar. What are some things you want to consider giving up or taking up for Lent this year?
- Who are some people you can share your commitment with for encouragement and accountability?