Lenten Discipleship Practices

As we begin the journey to the cross through Lent, we want to walk with you and center ourselves around Christ, His death and resurrection. To do that together, starting with this week Wednesday—Ash Wednesday—we will be posting on social media and the HC website on weekdays a short Bible passage and some conversation questions that revolve around Discipleship Practices (behaviors that are rooted in the Bible, church history, and are used as our integration of faith in all that we do at HC). This is not a checklist, or to-do list, but simply a way to partner together as we worship Christ in all things!
If you want to read more about our HCS preK-12 Discipleship Practices, including how we strive to be “God-glorifying,” “Word-rooted,” or “Wisdom-seeking,” among other practices, you can visit hollandchristian.org/academics/faith-development —then ask your child or grandchild what they have been learning about each practice in school!

Monday, March 29: Community Growing

Scripture: “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:20-21
Focus Questions: As followers of Jesus, are we one? How is our “oneness” witness so that the world may believe?

Tuesday, March 30: Kingdom Building

Scripture: “Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” Revelation 11:15
Focus Questions: How are you living in such a way that brings about the reign of God? How are you submitting to the reign of Christ this Lent?

Wednesday, March 31: Beauty Creating

Scripture: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8
Focus Questions: What occupies your mind space?  As we approach the cross, how might you think about these things?

Thursday, April 1: Image Reflecting

Scripture: “And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.” Colossians 3:10
Focus Questions: How might you join Jesus in his suffering this week? How then in our dying to self allow us to be better renewed into the image of our creator?

Friday, April 2: Disciple Making

Scripture: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Focus Questions: Do you believe it? As we are renewed by the death and resurrection of Jesus, let us live into the power of the Holy Spirit and go, go and make disciples of all nations.

Monday, March 15: Kingdom Building

Scripture: “Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:14-15
Focus Questions: This Lent, how can you pray more intentionally that God reveal areas of your life that require repentance and belief? Where have you seen God’s Kingdom at hand recently?

Tuesday, March 16: Beauty Creating

Scripture: “You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.” Isaiah 62:3
Focus Questions: What does it mean to be beautiful in the hand of the Lord? How does that become beautiful to those around you?

Wednesday, March 17: Image Reflecting

Scripture: “You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.” Psalm 8:5
Focus Questions: How can you live into the knowledge that you have been created a little lower than the angels? How can you honor those that are different from you, or think differently than you, and see how they too are crowned by God?

Thursday, March 18: Disciple Making

Scripture: “He says: ‘It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.’” Isaiah 49:6
Focus Questions: How, in Christ, can you be light today? To where and whom is your light reaching?

Friday, March 19: God Glorifying

Scripture: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
Focus Questions: What are the “small things” of life that we should remember to give God glory for? What one regular thing you do during the day can you claim to give God glory for today?

Monday, March 8: Wisdom Seeking

Scripture: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7
Focus Questions: What does it mean to “fear the Lord?” How is God using instruction in my life to grow wisdom?

Tuesday, March 9: Creation Keeping

Scripture: “Do not defile the land in where you live and where I dwell, for I, the LORD, dwell among the Israelites.” Numbers 35:33-34
Focus Questions: In what ways has humanity been responsible for the breakdown of creation? How does the perspective of God’s creation also being His dwelling place, call us to all the more be responsible creation keepers?

Wednesday, March 10: Servant Living

Scripture: It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant” Matthew 20:26
Focus Questions: How does the world define greatness or success? How would Jesus define greatness or success? How can you live more into Jesus’ definition this week?

Thursday, March 11: Grace Breathing

Scripture: “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” Colossians 4:6
Focus Questions: How would those around you describe the “seasoning” of your speech? Think about and pray for one person that you can be more gracious to this week.

Friday, March 12: Community Growing

Scripture: “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10a
Focus Questions: Who are you living in deep Christian community with? Who around you has “fallen down” and you are helping up?

Monday, March 1

Discipleship Practice: Beauty Creating
Scripture: “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”” Isaiah 52:7
Focus Questions: Can Isaiah 52:7 be said of you? In the things you do, the words you speak, and the attitude you project, cause people to say “Your God reigns!”?

Tuesday, March 2

Discipleship Practice: Image Reflecting
Scripture:  “So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27
Focus Questions: Because God created humanity in His image, when people bump into you, they bump into the image of God. How does that inform your behavior toward others? How does this knowledge call us to live more humbly?

Wednesday, March 3

Discipleship Practice: Disciple Making
Scripture: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:19-20
Focus Questions: In our call to be disciples of Jesus, we are also called to make disciples. Do you have anyone in your life that is discipling you toward Jesus? In turn, who are you discipling toward Jesus?

Thursday, March 4

Discipleship Practice: God Glorifying
Scripture: “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” Revelation 4:11
Focus Questions: Our culture tells us that we should receive “glory and honor and power,” but how is God calling you today to live in such a way that gives God those things? This Lent, what do you need to give up so that God might receive more glory?

Friday, March 5

Discipleship Practice: Word Rooted
Scripture: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Focus Questions: Are you spending time breathing in the breath of God? How, where, and in what ways, is God teaching, reproving, correcting and training you?

Monday, February 22

Discipleship Practice: Creation Keeping
Scripture: “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Genesis 2:15
Focus Questions: How does the knowledge that God created everything, challenge us to be good caretakers? What does it mean to take care of creation? How can we better take care of creation?

Tuesday, February 23

Discipleship Practice: Servant Living
Scripture: “Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.” Isaiah 42:1
Focus questions: How can we as a family worship God in all we do? What are ways that we, or those around us try to give glory to ourselves and not to God?

Wednesday, February 24

Discipleship Practice: God Glorifying
Scripture: “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!” Psalm 115:1
Focus questions: Would those around me describe me as one who gives grace to those who hear? How could we plan to build others up in specific ways tomorrow?

Thursday, February 25

Discipleship Practice: Community Growing
Scripture: “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.” Romans 12:16
Focus Questions: How can I, and how could we as a family, work to grow a deeper sense of community in our neighborhood? What characteristics does the Bible use to describe the kind of people that best live in harmony and Christ-like harmony?

Friday, February 26

Discipleship Practice: Kingdom Building
Scripture: “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10
Focus Questions: Can you identify areas of your direct influence, that are not “as it is in heaven?” In what ways is God calling you to live so His Kingdom might come into that area? How can our family be active agents, through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, be Kingdom Builders today?

Wednesday, February 17: Ash Wednesday

Discipleship Practice: Grace Breathing
Scripture: “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29
Focus questions: How can we as a family worship God in all we do? What are ways that we, or those around us try to give glory to ourselves and not to God?

Thursday, February 18

Discipleship Practice: Word Rooted
Scripture: “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
Focus Questions: As we read God’s Word, how does it discern our thoughts and intentions?  Are we open to the Holy Spirit when we read the Bible? When we read the Bible, are we seeing the Big Story of the Biblical Narrative throughout?

Friday, February 19

Discipleship Practice: Wisdom Seeking
Scripture: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5
Focus Questions: Do we believe that all wisdom comes from God? Where have we, individually, or as a community, sought wisdom from other sources? Are we faithfully asking God for wisdom?