TiO 15 – Exodus – What is Lent?
The Main Idea
Exodus is a book about freedom, about the people of Israel leaving the oppression in Egypt and moving to the land promised to Abraham. As we look forward to Easter we are going to bring together a few traditions to prepare: Lenten fasting, the reading of Scripture, the giving of Alms, and the preaching of the Good News of our freedom in Jesus as we see it paralleled in the story of Exodus.
Warm Up Questions: (Choose 1 or 2)
Q1: Can you think of something which is a “thing” in society today which just baffles you?
Q2: Can you name or describe a religious tradition that you know about or grew up with that Riverwood does not practice? Talk about it.
Q3: Can you name or describe a religious tradition that Riverwood practices that you did not grow up with? Talk about it.
Q4: Are you thinking of giving something up for Lent? What is it and why?
Read the scripture aloud: Matthew 4:1
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished.
Having been baptized and beginning his public ministry, Jesus went out into the wilderness to fast. Todd introduced Lent as being a time when we could empty ourselves in order to allow God to fill us. So, as a community we are looking to join together in the time between March 1st and Easter to do a few things, all of which are designed to create spaces in our lives that Jesus can fill. Consider the following:
Q1: Is there something which you think would be beneficial for you to give up during the season of Lent? What might you put into its place?
Q2: Which of these three things (dependance, direction, domain) do you have the most trouble giving over to God?
Q3: What time and space can you regularly set aside to read God’s word during your day and your week?
Q4: Consider those people around you. Do you have friends and acquaintances who observe Lent? Think about the casual conversations you might have around the what and why of the season.
Pray together as you consider what your responses to the season of Lent will be during the next 46 days.