Grace in the Word
A Journey through Exodus: Lent 2021
Here are a few helpful ways to begin the Bible Reading journey alongside others during this Lent season.
Welcome to the Grace in the Word Reading Plan
Join us in the weeks leading up to Easter 2021 by reading God’s Word together. We will be reading through Exodus, and other related texts from Monday, February 15th through Saturday, April 3rd.
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery.”
— Exodus 20:2
The story of Exodus is a story of salvation. It begins with God freeing the Israelites from oppression in Egypt after over 400 years in captivity, and it ends as He begins to establish them as a great nation.
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If you have made it this far and finished this reading plan, great work! Reading God’s Word is one of the most important rhythms we can bring into our lives, and it often does not come without great effort. Our lives are full of responsibilities and distractions which often make the simple act of reading — not just the Bible, but reading anything — a challenge. And then there is the spiritual aspect, as well. The Bible is full of light and life. It has the power to bring us into a closer relationship with God, ourselves, and others. It invites us into a vision of the reality as it really is — a reality created and sustained by the one, true, and living God. It is, in some sense, dangerous ground. When we risk the time and effort and faith to engage the Word of God, we are putting ourselves into a position to receive the truth about who we really are, who God really is, and how much this God loves us. We say this is “dangerous ground” because there are spiritual forces that work against us experiencing these things. Sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious, these forces want nothing more than to prevent us from growing towards God. And the fact that you finished this reading plan, and endured, is an important spiritual victory. Great work. Truly.
But, now what?
Perhaps you are ready for a break in reading the Bible. Perhaps you think that you have “done your duty” and now you are free to “get back to normal life.” Yes. This is exactly what you should do. But “normal life” might not mean what you think. The Bible shows us that normal life is precisely what God is about. He sustains everything that surrounds you and, whether good or bad, allows it all to exist so it can be used. For what? As opportunities to meet Him. To grow in obedience. To experience His love.
As you look ahead, we pray that you continue to find God throughout your normal life. And an important part of finding Him in your normal life is staying connected to His Word. Like an oasis in the desert, we can regularly return to God’s truth and find refreshment, joy, strength, comfort, hope, and love. These are the things we need most. May we keep pursuing them as we continue on, living our “normal lives,” with God in our hearts, our minds, and our souls.
Adam Dressler – Lead Pastor
Listen to this Week 7 Reflection from Jonathan Cliff.
Welcome to our final week of reading leading up to Resurrection Sunday! We encourage you to reflect on what we have seen in our Exodus reading, knowing the history and context of the Exodus scriptures will impact your reading of these New Testament passages chronicling Jesus’ last week on earth. We serve a God who wants to dwell with us and wants to deliver us from slavery to freedom. God makes a way through His son Jesus for us to be free. Through his life, death, and resurrection, we are now free…that is GOOD NEWS! Looking forward to celebrating Easter together on Sunday April 4th, in person or online as a church family.
Listen to this Week 6 Reflection from Christy Crosby.
Welcome to Week 6 of our Grace in the Word reading plan. This week we get to see all the plans for the Tabernacle come to fruition in the building process. We also will read about God’s presence coming to dwell among His people because of their obedience to follow His detailed plan. We encourage you to look deep into God’s heart this week as you read to see His character on display. The story does not end this week as we finish Exodus. The story of Exodus leads us so beautifully into our Week 7 reading leading up to the celebration of Resurrection Sunday on April 4th.
Listen to this Week 5 Reflection from Adam Dressler
Welcome to week 5 of our Grace in the Word reading. This week we read the famous story of the Golden Calf and see what happens when worship and focus becomes misguided. We encourage you this week to evaluate your rhythms and schedule in order to focus more on God and place Him at the center of your life. This might require some reflection and reorienting but it will be worth it to fully engage with the God that wants to draw near to His people.
Listen to this Week 4 Reflection from Todd Johnson
Welcome to week 4 of our Grace in the Word reading. This week we will begin to get the instructions for the Tabernacle. We encourage you not to get caught up in the details, but to focus on what it tells us about God. The Tabernacle represents how a sinful people can approach a holy God. The symbolism in the Tabernacle points us to Jesus. Look for Him in the details.
Resources for this week:
Tabernacle Video – this video walks through the pieces of the Tabernacle and explains the symbolism of each piece.
Listen to this Week 3 Reflection from Drew Peyton.