CALL TO WORSHIP
Together, we gather to be present to the God who is already present to us.
However you are joining us, we encourage you to participate in the work of God today as He speaks and leads us. Wherever you are, God is already present and at work all around us. Let’s join Him!
OUR SCRIPTURE READING
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’” The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.”Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord
your God and serve him only.’” The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
Luke 4:1-13 NIV
God of the humble,
We call on your name today.
Trusting that we will not be put to shame,
We approach you not only as created beings,
But as beloved children who reflect your very face.
Your word is near — on our lips and in our hearts,
Therefore your promises are never distant.
In this Lenten season of repentance,
May our hearts call to mind the goodness of Love,
And may our lips proclaim your freedom. Amen.
LIVE IT OUT TOGETHER
We seek to share a common way of life – a shared journey into the life of Jesus. We do so through 3 discipleship pathways: Communion, Community, and Co-Mission. Learn more at restorationlex.com/pathways!
This week, pray the words of Psalm 139:23-24: “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” The desert is the place where our hearts are laid bare. What distorted are you most tempted with right now: security, significance, or belonging? How might you offer this to the Lord in the season ahead?
Talk it over with your Home Church (or a group of friends) this week. Looking at the 3 temptations we see (security, significance, belonging), which do you struggle with the most? What are some areas that you struggle to find dependence on the provision and power of God? What would dependence change for you?
One of the surest signs of our growing dependence on God’s power and provision is our ability to live generously. When we’ve rejected the lie of scarcity and embraced the abundance of God, we can give and love sacrificially without fear. This week, ask God for an opportunity to be generous with your time, your money, and/or your gifts as a witness to God’s power and provision in your life.