Lent Devotional March 29, 2017

 
 

Reflecting back on the last three devotionals, read the scriptures below and answer the listed questions.
Psalm 139:13
Psalm 19:1-6
Job 38:1-18
Matthew 8

  1. In contrast to the centurion, the Canaanite woman described in Matthew 15:21-28 was an underdog in the society of her day.
  • On the surface, it seems that Jesus treated her like an underdog. What makes his words to her so difficult for us to understand today?
  • Judging from the outcome, what motive lay behind Jesus’ words? Did he accomplish what he set out to do? Explain.
  • In what ways to ethnic and racial suspicion still cause pain and separation today?
  • How can God’s people help to break down these barriers? Why should we bother?
  1. Jesus extends his grace to unlikely people, people truly in need of it—people like the Magi, the centurion and the Canaanite mom.
  • What makes us as unlikely and needy as each of them was?
  • How can you be sure God’s grace in Christ is yours?
  1. Think about the grace of God covering your life right now.
  • How does that grace calm your worries and fears?
  • How does that grace soften your regrets?
  • How does Christ’s forgiveness transform frustrations and feelings of inadequacy?
  1. Who in your circle of concern needs God’s grace to help them in their journey through life right now? Pray for these people, united your hearts with others in your discussion group before you leave today.

 

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