Lent is a season of preparation and anticipation. It is a time to reflect on the brokenness of our world and a time to repent for the brokenness in our lives. It is also a time to look ahead to the day when all things will be made new.
In the past we have put together a Lenten Experience Guide to help us experience more of God's love and mercy during the Lenten season. This year we want simplify. To allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us directly from his Word and to let the New Testament be our guide.
Imagine spending the next 40 days listening to the teachings of Jesus, exploring churches with Paul, and falling more in love with God with each turning page. - Margaret Feinberg
You're invited to join the #LentChallenge with Christians around the globe as we read the entire New Testament during Lent 2014. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 5th and ending on Easter Sunday, April 20th - in 40 days, we'll discover again (or for the very first time) how loved we are by God.
What You Need:
- Download a copy of the FREE Lent Challenge: 40 Day New Testament Reading Guide
- The Bible in your favorite translation. (Or download a copy of the Audio Bible. Or download the YouVersion app)
- A prayerful heart, ready and expectant for what God has to teach you in the next 40 days.
Here's how it works:
- Carve out 30 minutes to read the Bible each day. The New Testament contains 260 chapters. That means reading the Bible in 40 days requires reading about 7 chapters per day. About 30 minutes a day for forty days and you'll journey through the entire New Testament. (CAUTION: This may mean logging off Facebook, deleting Candy Crush or Flappy Bird from your phone)
- Ask God to open your eyes, ears, and heart to what He has prepared for you as you read each day.
- Read for breadth. Remember, this is about seeing the big picture of Scripture.
- Write a checkmark or X in the box when you finish that day’s reading.
- Celebrate the wonder of Sabbath each Sunday. There are no assigned readings on Sundays—feel free to rest or use it as a catch-up day.
- Invite someone to join you. No matter what challenge or goal you set, it's always easier when you have someone to cheer you on, hold you accountable, and adventure alongside of you.
- Share what God is revealing to you during Lent on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag: #LentChallenge.
- If you miss a day, pick up where you left off. No guilt. No shame. Just more Jesus every day!