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Our Lent reading plan and study questions should help you come to time with God each day.

Please consider the questions after reading each passage.

I have added the questions for each week at the bottom.

Sunday readings and themes

Note we may not read the whole reading on Sunday

Please read the whole reading

SUNDAY

01-Mar

Ex 2:11-3:21

Free From the Past

SUNDAY

08-Mar

Ex 3:1-4:18

Free to Serve

SUNDAY

15-Mar

Ex 5:1-6:12

Free From Injustice

Mothering Sunday

22-Mar

Ex 16:1-36

Free From Worry

SUNDAY

29-Mar

Ex 20:1-17

Free to Obey

Palm Sunday

05-Apr

Ex 32-33

Free to Worship

Easter Sunday

12-Apr

John 20:1-18

Re-Born to be Free

Daily readings for Lent

   
 

Date

Read

Thought for the day

Wednesday

26-Feb

Exodus 1

We are new People who become People of God just as the Sons of Jacob became the people of Israel

Thursday

27-Feb

Exodus 2

When the world changes God responds by calling his people to new things

Friday

28-Feb

Exodus 3

We have to be prepared to listen when God speaks to us

Saturday

29-Feb

Exodus 4

God can do wonders and signs, when his mind is set, sometimes going forward means going back first.

Monday

02-Mar

Exodus 5

Jesus said Ask and you will receive, but when we are asking others on earth sometimes we have to ask repeatedly, and forcefully with God's help

Tuesday

03-Mar

Exodus 6

Moses had to know who his relatives were likewise we are called to know who our father in heaven is..

Wednesday

04-Mar

Exodus 7

If at first you Don't succeed try & try again. Just because we know It is Gods settled mind, doesn’t mean it will happen today

Thursday

05-Mar

Exodus 8

When we see intransigence it doesn’t always mean it is God's will, Sometimes it is the will of the Enemy.

Friday

06-Mar

Exodus 9

Sometimes trials seem to go on to the point of exhaustion, but God is still there with us.

Saturday

07-Mar

Exodus 10

Sometimes it seems like we are pusshing against the tide. Should we give in or keep Going? Especially when we already know it is a lost cause.

Monday

09-Mar

Exodus 11

Another day another Promise. But the promise is success.

Tuesday

10-Mar

Exodus 12

When everything changes the colander resets. The feast of the Passover. Don't forget Maundy Thursday.

Wednesday

11-Mar

Exodus 13

There is always something special about the firstborn child. Jesus is the firstborn in our family.

Thursday

12-Mar

Exodus 14

Waiting for the right time is often hard, waiting in the right place is harder still.

Friday

13-Mar

Exodus 15

Running from one trial may lead us to a new one. Yet God is always with us if we but seek him out.

Saturday

14-Mar

Exodus 16

When God is making provision for us we must understand the rules, and accept his gifts. He knows what is best.

Monday

16-Mar

Exodus 17

All things are possible to God. What do we want him to do for us that will enable us to serve him more?

Tuesday

17-Mar

Exodus 18

Where do you seek advice? Is it right to take advice from those around you  when you think you’re doing the best? How should we test the advice?

Wednesday

18-Mar

Exodus 19

How often do you agree to a contract (or covenant) before reading it? What assumptions do you make about the way Christianity 'is'?

Thursday

19-Mar

Exodus 20

There are rules in life. How do the 10 Commandments help you and what gives you the most problem?

Friday

20-Mar

Exodus 21

How should you treat people who serve you, and how should they treat you? Do you always think of the consequences of the pits you dig?

Saturday

21-Mar

Exodus 22

What is it about responsibility, we shy away from when we insist on rights. Is it better to base society on rights or responsibilities?

Monday

23-Mar

Exodus 23

How just or merciful are you? What constrains you and when do you keep your Sabbath?

Tuesday

24-Mar

Exodus 24

When you confirmed your last contract what did you do to celebrate and demonstrate its worth?

Wednesday

25-Mar

Exodus 25

The tabernacle needed its offerings of first fruits, equipment and maintenance. How do you maintain the temple of God?

Thursday

26-Mar

Exodus 26

When we come in worship before the Lord we expect everything to be sorted, what do you do to help sort it, and who are you helping or teaching?

Friday

27-Mar

Exodus 27

Why don't we give burnt offerings anymore? What offering do we celebrate, and how?

Saturday

28-Mar

Exodus 28

As a member of the Priesthood of all believers how do you clothe yourself for ministry?

Monday

30-Mar

Exodus 29

What sort of preparation for ministry would benefit you and build you up to grow your own discipleship group?

Tuesday

31-Mar

Exodus 30

When at baptism we give a candle, and anoint with Oil of Chrism what does this remind you of?

Wednesday

01-Apr

Exodus 31

What special skills do you have that God might use to build up the body of Christ?

Thursday

02-Apr

Exodus 32

How long would you wait for a leader to return and how would you make sure you did not wander off to worship a man-made god?

Friday

03-Apr

Exodus 33

Would you have gone out on a limb for the idol worshipers? How is this relevant today in our community?

Saturday

04-Apr

Exodus 34

What needs remaking that has been broken or fallen into disuse in your life,  so you can reflect Jesus?

Monday

06-Apr

Exodus 35

Do we resource our ministry in appropriate ways, and what does that mean in today’s context?

Tuesday

07-Apr

Exodus 36

Do we tell the story of how we minister, and how we make provision for God's work well? How could we do this better in the freedom we have?

Wednesday

08-Apr

Exodus 37

What  point or advantage is there to having special places to gather, in this time of e-experience and online everything?

Thursday

09-Apr

Exodus 38

How are we considered clean when it is what is inside that counts?

Friday

10-Apr

Exodus 39

What do you dress yourself in ?

Saturday

11-Apr

Exodus 40

Where and how do you set up your tent?

 

The Weekly Questions

Week 1 – Free from the Past

  • Ask yourselves what do Moses, David and the apostle Paul all have in common.
  • What holds you back and Limits what you do?
  • What do you have in common with these and other figures in the bible?
  • If God brings freedom, how many biblical figures can you find who overcame their limitations?
  • Who is God? Who did God say he was?
  • How did Moses deal with his past?

 

God is a God who longs to set us free.  He longs to set us free from the mistakes and disappointments in our pasts, and he does this by reminding us who he is, inviting us to return to the place of failure, and encouraging us to do things his way in the future.  He does all these things through the Holy Spirit.

 

WEEK 2 – Free To Serve

  • What did you want to do with your life, and what do you want to do with the rest of your life?
  • What does freedom to serve God mean to you?
  • Have you ever felt called or compelled to do something for people around you?
  • How can something ordinary be special to God?
  • How can we make ourselves available to God?
  • Moses was Daunted by the size of the task, felt ill-equipped, felt he lacked the skills, and was afraid of failure how did he cope? When you doubt your ability how do you reassure yourself that you will be able?
  • What is the difference between God’s vision of our abilities and ours?
  • What makes a task easier, worrying about how it will turn out, or just getting started?

 

These are the three key things for finding freedom in serving God: be open in the ordinary, deal with doubts, and get going.There is nothing more liberating than knowing that you’re doing what God has called you to do.

 

Week 3 – Free from Injustice

  • In this passage we see some of the ways that we can become agents of liberation in our world. What ways can you be an agent of liberation?
  • In the passage God shows compassion on his people. How can you show compassion on the people around you?
  • To be compassionate we have to know what compassion is needed and here. Who did you last see and speak to, and what compassion did they need?
  • What does it take to show compassion? Where does your courage come from?
  • How can we have confidence in what we step into?

 

We have an impact on the world, and bring justice, we need compassion, courage and confidence. We do these things because God draws them to our attention and calls us to help.Jesus was asked ‘who is our neighbour?’ he gave the example the samaritain who helped the man attacked and robbed walking from Jerusalem to Jericho. He gave an example of loving a victim of injustice.

 

Week 4 – Free from Worry

  • Stress accounts for 15.4 million days off work each year in this country. What makes you stressed?
  • The Israelites worried because they forgot that God rescued them in the past, and they did not believe he would rescue them again. Theologian Karl Barth declared ‘Stress is unbelief’. Discuss
  • How does remerging God’s promises and focusing on today help us be free from stress and worry?
  • When and how do you consciously rest and relax ? Who do you rest and relax with ? Do you plan time for R&R or just let it get squeezed out of your diary?
  • How would you react to setting a realistic but ambitious target for the day, and stopping when you pass it ?

 

There will always be things to worry about. Our circumstances will always include things out of our control and beyond our ability to solve. Indeed we are called to release control, and to accept that God and not we is in control. He knows how far to stretch us. Remember who God is and what he has done for us. Do what we need to do each day, live simply and rest in him.

 

Week 5 – Free to Obey

  • What rules do you really wish didn’t exist? What might the consequence be?
  • Obedience is about putting God’s will above our own.It is doing what God wants, instead of what we want. It comes from the Latin word to listen carefully. How does releasing control listening to God’s will feel?
  • Keeping rules and freedom sometimes seem to be the opposite of one another. How do you get freedom by being obedient to God?
  • When are boundaries useful in your life? How do good boundaries achieve freedom?
  • How is obedience a response to love in your lives, and with God?
  • What benefits are there to obedience in life?
  • How might obedience bring God’s kingdom closer in our lives?

 

Obedience is the key to freedom. When we have received Christ’s obedience we become free from our pasts. When we receive the Holy Spirit we are free to be the people that deep down we long to be. Obedience draws us closer to God, as we commit to him. It gives us authority and the potential to make a difference.  

Week 6 – Free to Worship

  • What is going on when we sing together in gatherings?
  • Worship is not just singing Paul says ‘Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice Holy and pleasing to God’ How many ways can you think of to worship?
  • How much freedom do we have to worship and what would it be like to lose this freedom?
  • Moses worshiped face to face with God. How have you felt when worshiping and have you ever felt it was truly face to face with God?#
  • How does it make you feel when you see people worshiping other things (or false gods)
  • What could make you stand at a distance rather than seeking the mountain top experience joining unreservedly in worship?
  • When you feel God’s presence in worship how could you take him with you into the rest of your life?

 

We have been talking about how we can experience freedom through worship – by engaging with God face to face, leaving behind the things on our minds, by waiting on God and refusing to leave his presence.  But we need God’s help to worship.   We experience freedom through worship, but we also need to be freed in order to worship.

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Date Time
Start      End
Regular Worship on Alvaston.church facebook page Where
Sunday 9 am 10 am Holy Communion St. M
Sunday 10:45 12:15 Family Worship St. M
Tuesday 08:30 09:00 Morning Prayer St. M
Wednesday 10:30 11:30 Mid-week Said Communion St. M
St. Michael & All Angels, Church Street, DE24 0PR St. M
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