Day 40 – 4/15
Did Jesus really rise from the grave?
The chief priests and Pharisees wanted to make sure no one could fake the resurrection. Pilate did everything in his power to secure the tomb. There is no mistaking Jesus rose from the grave, because they did everything humanly possible to keep Jesus in the grave. Join us tomorrow, as we celebrate Christ defeat of death and the grave! Join us as we celebrate salvation that comes from Christ our Lord.
Day 39 – 4/14
Why do they call it Good Friday?
When Jesus died on the cross he took the punishment for our sins. While salvation is a free gift to us, it cost Christ a great deal. What is “good” about Good Friday? Because of Christ’s sacrifice, our sins are forgiven. Take a moment to pray with your family and thank Christ for the sacrifice he made.
Day 38 – 4/13
How did Jesus pray?
When was the last time you fell down on your face to pray? Jesus was overcome with emotion, as he prayed in the garden. Jesus didn’t want to go to the cross, but thankfully he cared more about the Father’s will. When was the last time you prayed like this?
Day 37 – 4/12
How do you remember Christ’s sacrifice?
During his last meal, with the disciples, Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper. This meal was a foreshadowing of the events to come. The disciples didn’t really understand what was happening. Can you imagine what it was like the next time the disciples ate the Lord’s Supper? Join us this Friday, as we remember the sacrifice Christ made for us.
Day 36 – 4/11
She did what?
Just a few days, before Jesus’ death, Mary anoints Jesus with an expensive ointment. Theologians suggest the perfume cost about one year’s wage. She wanted to show her appreciation and devotion to Jesus. As we prepare for Easter Sunday, how do you plan to show your appreciation for Christ?
Day 35 – 4/10
How do you love?
The week before Jesus’ death on the cross he was questioned by many of the religious leaders. They tried to trip him up and stump Jesus, but they always failed. At one point they asked which commandment is the greatest. It easy to say we love God, but how do YOU love him with all your heart, soul, and with all your mind?
Day 34 – 4/8
By what authority?
By this point Jesus had been stirring up quite a bit of trouble. Jesus’ actions challenged the authority of the chief priests. They questioned Jesus, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” How does Jesus respond?
Day 33 – 4/7
What did a tree ever do to you?
Not long after Jesus rides into Jerusalem to the praises of the crowds, Jesus curses a fig tree outside the city. We know Jesus can create a fig tree, but why would he curse the fig tree?
Day 32 – 4/6
Rarely do we ever see Jesus angry, but this is one instance where Jesus was not afraid to show his anger to others. What made Jesus so angry at these people? What had they done to make Jesus overturn tables?
Day 31 – 4/5
Who is this?
As Jesus entered Jerusalem, many people asked, “Who is this?” People knew that Jesus was different. The crowds proclaimed, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth.” If someone asked you who Jesus is, how would you describe Jesus to someone who has not heard of him?
Day 30 – 4/4
What is humility?
Christ came into this world as a humble infant, born in a barn. As Jesus enters Jerusalem, during his final days on earth, he is met with greetings fit for a king. However, Jesus humbly rides in on the back of a donkey. What does it mean for Christ to be our humble king?
Day 29 – 4/3
Are you willing?
Before Jesus entered Jerusalem he sent his disciples ahead to find a donkey and a colt. If anyone questioned them, he told them to say, “the Lord needs them,” and Jesus said they would be given to them. What does the Lord need from you today?
Day 28 – 4/1
What was God saying?
For those of us in Christ, the words of God the Father over Jesus-“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased”-are the words God speaks over us at our baptism. What is the significance of this affirmation from God?
Day 27 – 3/31
Why did Jesus get baptized?
Jesus was perfect and sinless. Baptism is for those coming to repent of their sin. If Jesus was sinless and baptism is for sinners, why did Jesus get baptized? If John recognized that he needed to be baptized by Jesus, then why did Jesus get baptized by John?
Day 26 – 3/30
How did John prepare others for Jesus?
John spoke about one who would come after him. John didn’t just explain how he prepared the way for someone else to baptized, John proclaimed how Christ would fulfill God’s kingdom. How did John’s message help prepare people for the ministry of Jesus?
Day 25 – 3/29
Why be baptized?
John explains how believers should produce good fruit and repentance, along with baptism. He made it clear to the religious leaders that repentance is a part of salvation. In what ways does baptism provide a picture of salvation through Christ?
Day 24 – 3/28
Why should we confess our sins?
As people came to John the Baptist, to be baptized, they came confessing their sins. Confession of sins can only be found in a handful of verses, but it is consistently mentioned all the way through scripture. What can we learn from confessing our sins?
Day 23 – 3/27
Why is repentance important?
John the Baptist came to prepare the way for Jesus. As he preached, John’s message was “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” How does repentance make us ready to receive the Word of the Lord?
Day 22 – 3/25
How can we grow like Jesus?
This verse teaches us that Jesus grew in favor with God and in favor with man. How is it that we can expect to find favor with the world around us even though we expect to be opposed by the world?
Day 21 – 3/24
How did Jesus honor his parents?
Even Jesus obeyed his parents. Isn’t it interesting that the very one who created Mary and Joseph now obeyed them as his earthly parents? What can this verse teach us about submitting and being obedient to the authorities placed in our life?
Day 20 – 3/23
What did he need to do?
It is hard to know exactly why Jesus said he “must” be in his Father’s house. For that matter, even Joseph and Mary did not understand why Jesus told them this. Regardless, why do you think Jesus said it was necessary for him to be in his Father’s house?
Day 19 – 3/22
Do you have a question?
One of markers that someone is learning is the fact that they ask questions. Even Jesus asked the teachers in the temple questions. When is the last time you asked a question? What questions do you have about the Bible?
Day 18 – 3/21
How did you grow up?
Jesus grew up with his parents taking him to the temple every year. Did you, or have you, grown up attending church? How do you think your life would be different if you had or had not grown up going to church?
Day 17 – 3/20
How did Jesus grow up?
We know very little about Jesus’ childhood and how he grew up. What would it have been like to grow up with Jesus or live next door to his family? What do you wish you knew about Jesus childhood? Why?
Day 16 – 3/18
Where did they come from?
We don’t know exactly where the magi came from. Based on what we do know, they probably came from Persia, in the east. They came from another country and they were most likely not Jewish. What does the story of the magi tell us about God’s heart for the nations?
Day 15 – 3/17
Why the magi?
Some time after Jesus was born, the magi, or wise men, came to see the savior. The magi were a stark contrast to Jesus’ first visitors. While the shepherds were some of the poorest people, the magi were the elite of society. Why do you think God sent the magi to worship Jesus?
Day 14 – 3/16
Do we see things the same way God does?
People couldn’t believe what the shepherds were saying. The shepherds were overwhelmed by what they had seen and heard, and Mary treasured these things in her heart. How does this scene challenge the way we think of worth and importance?
Day 13 – 3/15
Why the shepherds?
The shepherds were some of the poorest and most marginalized people during Jesus’ time. God sent an angel to proclaim the birth of Christ and the glory of the Lord shone around the shepherds, at the pronouncement of Christ. What is the significance of God revealing the news of Jesus’ birth to shepherds first?
Day 12 – 3/14
What did she lay him in?
Even during Jesus time, it would have been unorthodox for a baby to be born in a stable. Mary and Joseph made due with what they had. Even though it probably wasn’t their first choice, and it probably smelled a bit, God provided a safe and warm place for Jesus’ birth. Why do you think Jesus was born in a manger?
Day 11 – 3/13
Who’s in charge?
Luke chapter 2 begins with a decree, not from the Lord but from Caesar. The thought of traveling to Bethlehem, while pregnant, must have been frustrating. Mary and Joseph followed the decree of Caesar Augustus fulfilling the prophecy of Micah (5:2). Why do we sometimes forget that God is the real one who is in charge?
Day 10 – 3/11
Fear the Lord?
In Luke 1:30 Gabriel tells Mary, “Do not be afraid.” In her song of praise, Mary says we should fear the Lord. Why does Mary say, “And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation”?
Day 9 – 3/10
What did Mary praise God for in her song of praise?
Make a list of the things that Mary mentions in her song of praise. Are there any common themes? When we sing to the Lord, how should our praise reflect Mary’s attitude, in these verses?
Day 8 – 3/9
When is the last time you leaped for joy?
When Mary went to visit her family, it says Elizabeth was “filled with the Holy Spirit,” and her baby “leaped in her womb.” At the day of Pentecost, believers were certainly filled with Joy at the coming of the Holy Spirit. Are we still filled with joy like this today?
Day 7 – 3/8
What can we learn from the mother of Jesus?
We tend to think about serving as an action, but service begins with a willingness to act. What can we learn from Mary’s willingness to serve? Are you willing to be God’s servant and do anything he calls you to do?
Day 6 – 3/7
What was it like to raise the son of God?
Luke 1:32-33, Matthew 1:20-21
Can you imagine what it must have been like to raise Jesus? Mary and Joseph had the responsibility of caring for the Savior of the world. You don’t have to worry about being responsible for raising Jesus, but what has God placed in your responsibility? How are you honoring God with what he has called you to?
Day 5 – 3/6
Did they just say the same thing?
Luke 1:8-18, Luke 1:26-34
When the angel told Zechariah he would have a son, Zechariah said, “How shall I know?” When Gabriel told Mary she would bear a son she said, “How will this be?” Why was Zechariah’s question a sign of his weakness but Mary’s question a sign of strength?
Day 4 – 3/4
What is unique about Jesus’ genealogy?
In the middle of Jesus’ genealogy, Matthew breaks from a list of names and mentions an event. Why would Matthew consider Judah’s exile important to the genealogy of Jesus?
Day 3 – 3/3
Why did he include “those guys”?
It is obvious that Matthew doesn’t list everyone in his genealogy, from Abraham to Jesus. Despite this he does mention some rather evil people in the lineage of our savior. Why do you think he included people like Rehoboam who split the kingdom of Israel or Ahaz who burned his own son as an offering?
Day 2 – 3/2
What is it important that God kept his promise with David?
2 Chronicles 6:16, Matthew 1:6
It used to be said that a man’s word was worth its weight in gold. However, today someone’s word can mean very little. The concept of covenant is foreign to us. How was God glorified through his covenant with David?
Day 1 – 3/1
Why is the genealogy of Christ important?
Genealogy has become a multibillion dollar industry. Many people love it for the thrill of the hunt, but why is the genealogy of Christ so important? Why did Matthew open his gospel with, “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham”?
As Wildwood begins the Gospel Project Curriculum, we want to encourage everyone to spend time in God’s Word with your family, friends, and Fusion class. We are taking the 40 days of Lent, leading up to Easter, and challenging everyone to read and talk about the Bible together. Let’s fast from the things that can be a distraction and spend more time in God’s word together. Each day we will post a specific passage from the Gospel, and question to discuss. We will post each question here through the Wildwood blog and share it through social media. If we desire to lead people to become believers and passionate followers of Jesus Christ, our time in the Word must extend beyond Sunday morning. We challenge you to take these 40 days to dig deeper in the Gospel and share your conversations. We hope and pray this experience will deepen our understanding of the Gospel, strengthen the faith of our families, and grow us closer as a congregation.
Again, this blog will be updated each morning with the new day’s passage and question for discussion, then will be posted on social media for you to share and have open discussion with your family and friends. The purpose of this blog is for discussion, so we encourage you to do so! Also, be sure to use #40DaysintheGospel!