Lenten Journey

Family Lenten Journey
Six Miracles That Will Expand
Your View Of Jesus
February 10, 2016 – March 27, 2016
Wednesday Mornings – 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday Evenings – 6:30 p.m.
The 40 Days of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday. (The six Sundays in Lent are not counted among the forty days.)  For over 2000 years, followers of Christ have observed Lent. The purpose of Lent is to prepare for Holy Week through prayer, Bible study and self-denial. During Holy Week, Christians remember the suffering of Christ and they remember the death of Christ. 
During the forty days of Lent we should increase and renew our spiritual energy through giving up something. Giving up something for Lent reminds us of the sacrifice Jesus Christ made and in some small way, allows us to participate in the suffering of Christ. During the forty days of Lent we should also choose to add something. Add a spiritual discipline like Bible study, increased prayer or give your time or money to help others. 
I am inviting you to participate in our six week Bible Study Lenten journey. Each Bible Study Miracle Story will help you see more clearly the person and the mission of Jesus Christ. I want you to see in each story, how Jesus, moved by compassion, responds to human needs. It is my prayer that you will notice something even greater about Jesus and His mission during this season of Lent. Each week, I hope you will weave the presence of Christ, into your everyday life.
Let us journey together!
Week 1 - John 2:1-11
Jesus Changes Water Into Wine
1. Think about a time when you ran out of something? How did you deal with the problem? 2. Why involve the servants in filling the stone jars with water? Jesus could have created wine in empty jars.  3. What does the abundance and excellent quality of wine show us about Jesus? 4. What can you learn about Jesus, his character, and his mission from this miracle?
This week, each time you drink your favorite beverage, silently say a prayer of thanksgiving for the goodness of God in your life; the generosity and the fullness of life God offers.
Week 2 - Mark 2:1-12
Jesus Heals A Paralytic
1. What positive traits did the four men who carried the paralytic have that you would like to see more of in your family?  2. What is the paralyzed man's greatest need: forgiveness of his sins and the ability to walk?  3. Who would you want to be in the story? The paralyzed man who has great friends OR one of the four men that carried the paralyzed man OR Jesus the one with healing power OR one of the teachers of the Law?
This week, think about how Jesus can meet your visible and external needs, but also your unseen internal spiritual needs.
Week 3 - Mark 4:35-41
Jesus Calms The Storm
1. This a boat full of men and four of them are experienced fishermen. Why are they so terrified?  2. Have you had a time in your life when Jesus seemed to be asleep and unaware of your crisis?  3. What evidence of Jesus' humanity do you see in this story and what evidence of his deity do you see in this story?  4. What is the "worst" storm you have had in your life? Are you in the midst of a storm right now that needs the help of Jesus?  5. Is there an area of your life where you could use Jesus' calming touch? 
This week, follow the example of the disciples who turned to Jesus with their honesty and invited Jesus into their crisis. Pray that you may experience His loving presence and have your view of Him changed and expanded.
Week 4 - Luke 13: 10-17
Jesus Heals A Crippled Woman
1. Why does she choose to blend in with the crowd and not seek healing from this traveling miracle worker?  2. Why would Jesus call her forward in this public place? Why did Jesus heal her without her request?   3. What does the outrage over Jesus healing on the Sabbath tell you about the inner heart of the synagogue rulers?   4. Can you identify with the woman in the story? Is there an area in your life where you feel crippled, bent over, and unable to straighten up and face the world around you?
This week, as you encounter situations in your life that leave you afraid to hope and afraid to step forward and afraid to ask for help, look for evidence of Jesus reaching out to you in love!
Week 5 - Luke 5:1-11
Jesus And The Miraculous Catch Of Fish
1. How can this carpenter turned preacher instruct a fisherman how to fish? Fish are caught in the nighttime in shallow water, not in the bright daytime in deep water!  2. Has God ever made an unreasonable request of you?  3. This catch of fish was a "God thing". Has God ever interrupted your life to get your attention?  3. What is Simon Peter's reaction to the huge catch of fish?  4. Have you ever had a time when you came face to face with God and wanted to run away?
This week, you must be alert for ways that God might be trying to get your attention.

Week 6 - John 6:1-15, 25-69  
Jesus Feeds 5000 People
1. Why would Jesus use a kid's sack lunch to launch a miracle?   2. Each of the 12 disciples had a basket of left-overs. Why is this significant?  3. What does Jesus mean when he says "I am the bread of life"?  4. What parallels are there between our hunger for food and our hunger for God?   5. In this story, Jesus did not meet up to the expectations of the crowd or the disciples or the twelve. Has there been a time in your life when Jesus did not meet up to your expectations?
This week, each time you eat your favorite food, remind yourself of Jesus the bread of life that satisfies your spiritual hunger and promises eternal life to all who believe. Allow Jesus to satisfy your deepest need!
March 20, 2016 – March 27, 2016

March 20, 2016
Palm/Passion Sunday


March 21, 2016
Holy Monday – 6:00p.m.

March 22, 2016
Holy Tuesday – 6:00p.m.

March 23, 2016
Stations of the Cross – 6:00p.m.

   March 24, 2016
Maundy Holy Thursday – 6:00 p.m.

March 25, 2016
Good Friday - 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m.

Hartford Memorial Baptist Church
18700 James Couzens * Detroit

March 26, 2016
Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil - 12Noon

March 27, 2016
Sunrise/Resurrection/Easter Sunday

                6:00 a.m./8:00 a.m. /11:00 a.m.