Paul Tripp has been a mentor to many of us, so I’m excited we will do his 40 day Lenten devotional together. This time I’m jumping in as a participant and I’m excited! You will need this book:
We will officially begin this Ash Wednesday, but Monday and Tuesday I’ll have you read on the introduction of his book. It is forty days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, not counting Sundays. All we will do on Sundays is have you share a “God Hunt” from the last week. That will help you be alert to His presence all week. God is always with us, but we fail to see Him so often because we aren’t alert and aware. All during Lent we are going to help one another be more intentional in “spying” Him at work.
HOW? Be alert to these things:
- A passage in Scripture becomes “radioactive,” giving you the wisdom, comfort, conviction, or just a push you need that day.
- A clear answer to prayer
- Unusual timing or circumstances that make you see His fingerprints
- Help to do His work in the world
- Something in His creation that puts you in awe
- Kindness from His children
- A sense of His presence
I’m going to start and since I can add pictures, I will explain these two pictures:
Annie (Dee’s daughter), Dee, Bing, and Christy (Dee’s friend and assistant) at the retreat this weekend in Manhattan, Kansas.
The beautiful little pouch Bing made filled with notes to me from so many of you!
- Share one way you spied God in your life this last week.
2. Read the introduction to Journey to the Cross.
A. How does Romans 8:20-22 describe the sad condition of our world?
B. What do you think Jesus meant when He said, “Blessed are those who mourn?”
3. What suggestions did Tripp make for making this journey meaningful?
4. As you pray, are there any you might embrace this Lent?
Ash Wednesday – Day 1.
5. How did God help 9-year-old Paul come to a knowledge of his sin? How did he respond? And what happened?
6. Look at the three questions at the end of Day 1 and choose one to answer here.
7. Meditate on Psalm 51:1-12, using it as a template for confession.
Thursday – Day 2:
8. Read through the chapter, underlining, asking God to meet you. What particularly stood out to concerning why it is valuable to sit under the shadow of the cross. Why did it stand out to you?
9. Choose one of his three closing questions to answer here.
10. Use Psalm 30 as a springboard for prayer.
Friday – Day 3:
11. Read through the chapter, underlining, asking God to meet you. What did you learn about groaning that stood out to you?
12. Choose one of his three closing questions to answer here.
13. Read Psalm 74 and write or speak your own private song of lament including private confession and need.
Saturday – Day 4:
14. Read through the chapter and share what stood out to you about letting go.
15. Read through Luke 9:23-25 and Romans 6:1-14 for guidance on question 3.
16. Answer question 3 here.