Behold! Lenten Series Part 6: the Bike
Theme: The habit of praise is the momentum of faith, enabling individuals to “behold” the new thing that God is doing in the world and unifying His community for His mission.
1. How did God speak to you in the message?
2. What is the opposite of praising God? How does that hinder or help with faith?
3. When do you find it most difficult to praise God?
4. Read Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29. What do you notice about the praising in this Psalm?
5. Read Luke 19:28-40. Why is it significant that Jesus didn’t come into Jerusalem on a warhorse but instead on a donkey?
6. We know that the crowds that surrounded Jesus with praise on Palm Sunday were not surrounding him with praise on Good Friday. What can that change teach us about the role of praise in the life of a Christian?
7. How do you sense God calling you to adjust in your walk with Him through these scriptures and observations?
8. How can we pray?
Behold! 2019 Lenten Study Challenge
There are two texts per day. One possible way to “behold!” God’s work is to set aside two times per day, using one scripture for the morning and the other for the evening.
First, be silent in prayer for 1 minute.
Second, thank God for 2 specific things.
Third, invite Jesus to speak to you by asking these 3 questions.
1. What can we learn from these verses about praising God in all circumstances?
2. Who is He inviting me to share this with?
3. How can I practice praising God with my lips, my actions, and my time?
Finish in prayer for yourself, your family, your neighbors, your co-workers, your church.
Monday: Psalm 103:1-5, Ephesians 1:3-10
Tuesday: 1 Chronicles 16:34-36, I Peter 2:9-10
Wednesday: James 1:2-4, John 17:20-26
Thursday: 1 Kings 8:56-61, Isaiah 63:7-9
Friday: Colossians 3:16-17, Revelation 4:6-11
Father, you are most worthy of praise. May my lips pronounce songs to you, may my daily tasks praise you, may my heart be set on you. Help me remember Jesus this week and the excitement of his entry into the city. He comes with salvation!