Christians know that we often live in the wilderness--a place of difficulty and even danger--and yet we also believe that there is bread in the wilderness. During the Lenten season, as we remember the story of God's faithfulness, and especially the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, we are given strength for life's journey, “bread” to sustain us through the wilderness and beyond.
This seven-session study, appropriate for both group and individual use, provides one lesson for each week in Lent. Each lesson includes a Scripture reference, a brief reflection, questions for reflection or discussion, a brief prayer, and a focus for the coming week.
Introduction: Spiritual Famine or Gospel Feast?
Chapter 1 - First Week in Lent
“To Die Is to Bear Much Fruit”: The Lesson of a Grain of Wheat
Chapter 2 - Second Week in Lent
“Great Is Thy Faithfulness”: The Lesson of the Sabbath
Chapter 3 - Third Week in Lent
“Come Sinners to the Gospel Feast”: The Lesson of Abundant Grace
Chapter 4 - Fourth Week in Lent
“The School of the Soul”: The Lesson of the Wilderness
Chapter 5 - Fifth Week in Lent
“I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food”: The Lesson of the Poor
Chapter 6 - Sixth Week in Lent
“This Is My Body, Broken For You”: The Lesson of the Passover
Chapter 7 - Holy Week / Easter
“Come and Have Breakfast”: The Lesson of the Risen Christ Among Us
“Do You Love Me?” The Lesson of Life after Lent and Easter
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About the Author
Bishop Carter is the author of ten books, including Pray for Me, A Way of Life in the World, The Gifted Pastor, and Near the Cross. He is a contributor to Feasting on the Word and The Wesley Study Bible. He formerly served as senior pastor of Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, where his ministry was described by the American Religious Historian Diana Butler Bass in her Christianity for the Rest of Us, and superintendent of the Smoky Mountain District in Western Northern Carolina, which included seventy churches across seven counties, all in the region of Appalachia.