Behold! Part 1-The Tree
Scripture: Luke 4:1-13
Theme: As Jesus overcame the temptations in the desert and lived a life of total obedience to His Father, we are able through His obedience to overcome the temptations we face.
1. Give a one sentence description of the theme that stood out from the message.
2. What is the definition of temptation? How are we tempted on a daily basis?
3. Read Luke 4:1-13. What does this reveal about temptation? What does this reveal about Jesus’ strategy for obedience and overcoming temptation?
4. Read Hebrews 4:15 and Romans 5:18-21. What did Jesus accomplish through obedience and overcoming temptation?
5. How did fasting prepare and strengthen Jesus for obedience and overcoming the temptations?
6. How can you make fasting a part of your regular life?
7. How can we pray for each other?
Practical Tips on Fasting
1. Start slow.
2. Be specific in your times.
3. Pray during the meal times.
4. Tell your accountability person.
5. Be comfortable with the discomfort.
Ideas for fasting food
· Fast an entire day of meals with no snacks
· Fast one meal with no snacks between the previous and upcoming meal
· Fast two meals with no snacks
· Fast between certain hours (i.e. 7PM-10AM)
Behold! 2019 Lenten Study Challenge
Monday: Luke 4:1-13, Exodus 34:27-33
Tuesday: Luke 18:9-14, Jonah 3:5-10
Wednesday: Acts 13:1-3, Esther 4:12-17
Thursday: Nehemiah 1:1-11, Daniel 9:3-19
Friday: Isaiah 58:1-12, Matthew 6:16-18, 25-33
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 is the purpose of fasting in this text?
2. What does this reveal about the relationship between God and humanity?
3. What is God leading me to understand?
Finish in prayer for yourself, your family, your neighbors, your co-workers, your church.
God, you are more than enough. I’m surrounded by things that promise fulfillment, but only you bring true satisfaction. Help me be content in you so that I don’t look to others for contentment, but instead can offer them your love in everything I do.
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