40 Days with Jesus

Why 40 Days with Jesus?

40 Days with Jesus can be used at any point during the year, but it was originally run as a post-Easter teaching series. Launched In 2014, many churches, including KingsGate Community Church where it originated, chose to start the series on Easter Sunday, enabling them to invite Easter guests to explore the accounts of the risen Jesus for themselves. With Easter approaching once more, we thought this would be a great post-Easter resource for you and your small groups to get involved with. Take a look at what Dave Smith, author of 40 Days with Jesus, says about the programme…

 

What is 40 Days with Jesus?

Over these 40 days, we focus on the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus, from His appearing to Mary Magdalene on that first Resurrection Sunday morning through to His ascension to heaven nearly six weeks later.

 

These final days before Jesus ascended back to heaven were of such importance that all four Gospel writers included them in the conclusion of their account of Jesus’ life. Over the course of these 40 days, Jesus appeared to over 500 followers on at least 11 different occasions. Although it took the disciples some time to believe and embrace the full significance of Jesus’ resurrection, ultimately, their personal encounters with the risen Christ completely changed their lives. This same message has the power to change our lives today in the following three ways:

  1. We can be convinced of the reality of the resurrection of Jesus

The primary purpose of the 40 days, then and now, was to provide vital evidence that Jesus really was and is alive, as Luke makes clear: ‘After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave them many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God’ (Acts 1:3).

  1. We can be transformed by encounters with the risen Christ

The disciples encountered Christ physically during the 40 days; we can now do so spiritually. Since the ascension and the Day of Pentecost, Jesus is now present with His people in and through the power of the Holy Spirit.

  1. We can receive a foretaste of our glorious future in Christ

The post-resurrection appearances of Jesus provide the most comprehensive picture of what life will be like for us in our resurrected state. If we look at the risen Jesus we see the foretaste of a life that is not a disembodied, purely spiritual existence, but rather a transformed physical life, with a glorified, resurrected body, in the new heavens and on the new earth!

If you would like to find out more about 40 Days with Jesus, you can go to the website or to take part, you can sign up here.

 

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40 Days with Jesus: What we love!

Week 1

We love persistence and devotion … particularly Mary’s persistence and devotion to Jesus on that first Easter Sunday morning. In Day 1 of the devotional, Dave writes:

Mary was clearly so devoted to Jesus that at the earliest opportunity after the Sabbath, she got up to visit the tomb. Then, as we shall see, having witnessed the empty tomb, she was determined to find the body of Jesus, in contrast to the male disciples, who went home. Although Jesus eventually took the initiative and appeared to her, it seems as if this is in direct response to her loving, persistent seeking of Him.’

Week 2

We love revelation … and how the scriptures reveal the true identity of Christ and the hope that we have in Him! On Day 11 of the devotional, Dave writes:

‘Just as Jesus first revealed Himself to these disciples on the Emmaus Road, so He wants to reveal Himself to you and me as we daily and diligently read and reflect upon the Scriptures. As we do, we can be assured that the risen Christ will Himself come to us, and by the Holy Spirit will Himself become our Bible teacher.’

Week 3

We love hope … and the new hope that Christ brought to His fearful disciples and still brings to us today. On Day 16 of the devotional, Dave writes:

‘The reality of the physical resurrection of Jesus is at the very heart of the new hope that is at the centre of the Christian message. Hence, after having declared ‘Peace’, Jesus sought to give the startled disciples clear and convincing proofs that He was really, physically alive … The great news of Christianity is that … whatever challenges and trials we face in this life, we can be assured that there is a glorious hope that will far outweigh all of this. Because Jesus conquered death, and is alive, we no longer need to fear death.’

Week 4

We love restoration … not only does Jesus help us in our present struggles, but He also comes to heal us from our past failures. On Day 26 of the devotional, Dave writes:

‘The habit of God asking us to face our shortcomings with a question rather than directly accusing us is frequent in Scripture … At the root of our greatest failures is our ultimate failure to fulfil the greatest commandment to ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart … soul … mind and … strength’ (Mark 12:30) … God made you, has a plan for you and sent Christ to restore you – from both self-inflicted damage and from hurts caused by others. The wonderful news is that when He restores, He makes all things new!’

Week 5

We love purpose … and that Jesus not only gave us our true purpose but promised to be with us every step of the way. On Day 31 of the devotional, Dave writes:

‘Until I became a Christian, I had no real understanding of my life purpose, other than a vague desire to be ‘happy’. Yet as soon as I invited Christ into my life, I had deep and abiding sense that I was made on purpose and for a purpose. I quickly realised that this purpose involved being loved by, and in return loving, the God who had made me and saved me, and that this love was to overflow in making a difference in other people’s lives.’

Week 6

We love confidence … the confidence we can have that Jesus really is alive and is still transforming lives today. As we look back over the evidence from the last six weeks, Dave writes on Day 37:

‘All of this points to a stunning conclusion: the Jesus who had been crucified and lain dead in a tomb for three days, had come back to life. The testimony of the New Testament letters and the book of Revelation, as well as nearly 2,000 years of subsequent Christian history, is that Jesus remains alive today!’

Getting started: 40 Days with Jesus

40 Days with Jesus is about to run for its third time since it was launched in 2014. Over 15,000 people have taken part so far and we are excited to be getting the ball rolling again once more this year.

‘I have been a Christian for over 30 years and thought I had heard it all, but this book shed new light on Jesus, 40 days after His resurrection. I think it is a good resource for those exploring their faith as well as established Christians.’

Now, on the off-chance that you have not yet come across 40 Days with Jesus, here’s a quick look at what it is exactly and how you and your small group can get involved!

40 Days with Jesus is based around a successful teaching series that was run following Easter 2012, by Dave Smith, the senior pastor at KingsGate Church. For nearly 20 years, Dave had seen lots of guests come to the Easter services, many of whom had given or recommitted their lives to Christ. However, he found many more viewed this as a one-off event, and would wait until Christmas or the following Easter to come back again! So Dave decided to do something a bit different – hence the creation of 40 Days with Jesus.

Over six weeks, this programme explores the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus and the remarkable way in which He changed the lives of those He encountered. To support the weekly sermons written for the whole church and the 40-day devotional created for people to read each day, there is also a set of small group studies and videos ideal to use in between Sundays. Each video provides context and teaching on the subject of that week, and then the small group sessions offer questions and topics to spark discussion.

So if this has sparked your interest, why don’t you watch the video below? Or if you would like to get signed up and start preparing for you and your small group to get started, click here!

Introduction to 40 Days with Jesus from CWR on Vimeo.

 

40 Days with Jesus: A brand new journey…

Week 6 brings us to the end of this 40-day period and looks at how Jesus prepared his disciples for the Ascension. Rather than this being the end for the disciples, this was the start of a brand new journey.

As 40 Days with Jesus draws to a close, our hope is that those in our small groups and churches are aware of God’s ‘new journey’ for their lives, and that they may be filled with confidence in the power of the resurrection.

What we love about Week 6…

We love confidence… the confidence that we can have that Jesus really is alive and still transforming lives today. As we look back over the evidence from the last 6 weeks Dave writes in Day 37:

“All of this points to a stunning conclusion: the Jesus who had been crucified and lain dead in a tomb for three days, had come back to life. The testimony of the New Testament letters and the book of Revelation, as well as nearly 2,000 years of subsequent Christian history, is that Jesus remains alive today!”

What an amazing truth. Let’s pray that those in our communities, small groups and churches may be convinced of this reality.

Want to find out more?

40 Days with Jesus is a new post-Easter resource, for individuals, small groups and churches. At its heart is an invitation to actively explore the accounts of the risen Jesus.

To help make 40 Days with Jesus as easily accessible as possible we’ve created multiple resources which allow the whole church to learn together, including free small group studies, free sermon outlines and a 40-day devotional. To find out more just visit www.40days.info

 

40 Days with Jesus: Continuing what Jesus started…

Week 5 takes us up onto the top of that mountain where Jesus stated the great commission. Here we can see the astonishing view of God’s will and purpose for our lives. Let’s continue to pray that our churches and small groups encounter Jesus afresh during these 40 days, and that as they do so, they may find themselves refilled and restored by Christ.

What we love about Week 5…

We love purpose… and that Jesus not only gave us our true purpose but promised to be with us every step of the way. In Day 31 of the devotional Dave writes:

“Until I became a Christian, I had no real understanding of my life purpose, other than a vague desire to be ‘happy’. Yet as soon as I invited Christ into my life, I had a deep and abiding sense that I was made on purpose and for a purpose. I quickly realised that this purpose involved being loved by, and in return loving, the God who had made me and saved me, and that this love was to overflow in making a difference in other people’s lives.”

What a purpose we have! Let’s pray that we may obediently and prayerfully continue what our Saviour began.

Want to find out more?

40 Days with Jesus is a new post-Easter resource, for individuals, small groups and churches. At its heart is an invitation to actively explore the accounts of the risen Jesus.

To help make 40 Days with Jesus as easily accessible as possible we’ve created multiple resources which allow the whole church to learn together, including free small group studies, free sermon outlines and a 40-day devotional. To find out more just visit www.40days.info

40 Days with Jesus: Locked doors

Week 3 takes us behind locked doors, where the disciples, full of fear, are gathered. Yet as Jesus presents Himself to them, as He pronounces His peace upon them, we see how they are filled with new hope, joy, purpose, power and authority. Let’s continue to pray that our churches and small groups encounter Jesus afresh during these 40 days, and that as they do so, they may find themselves refilled and restored by Christ.

What we love about Week 3…

We love hope… and the new hope that Christ brought to His fearful disciples and still brings to us today. In Day 16 of the devotional Dave writes:

”The reality of the physical resurrection of Jesus is at the very heart of the new hope that is at the centre of the Christian message. Hence, after having declared ‘Peace’, Jesus sought to give the startled disciples clear and convincing proofs that He was really, physically alive… The great news of Christianity is that… whatever challenges and trials we face in this life, we can be assured that there is a glorious hope that will far outweigh all of this. Because Jesus conquered death, and is alive, we no longer need to fear death.”

What a glorious hope we have. Let’s pray that the truth of the resurrection, and the hope that is brings, is a reality to those around us.

Want to find out more?

40 Days with Jesus is a new post-Easter resource, for individuals, small groups and churches. At its heart is an invitation to actively explore the accounts of the risen Jesus.

To help make 40 Days with Jesus as easily accessible as possible we’ve created multiple resources which allow the whole church to learn together, including free small group studies, free sermon outlines and a 40-day devotional. To find out more just visit www.40days.info

40 Days with Jesus: On the road to Emmaus

Week 2 takes us to the Emmaus road and introduces us to two disciples who had lost hope in Jesus and His mission. Yet as they travelled with Jesus, as they looked at Scripture and ate with Him, their ‘vision was corrected’ and their eyes were opened to who He was. Our prayer is that through Week 2 many more will come to see the truth of Jesus and the hope that is found in Him.

What we love about Week 2…

We love revelation… and how the scriptures reveal the true identity of Christ and the hope that we have in Him! In Day 11 of the devotional Dave writes:

”Just as Jesus first revealed Himself to these disciples on the Emmaus Road, so He wants to reveal Himself to you and me as we daily and diligently read and reflect upon the Scriptures. As we do, we can be assured that the risen Christ will Himself come to us, and by the Holy Spirit will Himself become our Bible teacher.’

So let’s encourage our small groups and our churches to dig deeper into Scripture over these 40-days with expectancy. Let’s pray that reading the Bible may not become dry and routine but that our hearts may be ‘burning within us’ as the truth of Scripture is revealed to us.

Want to find out more?

40 Days with Jesus is a new post-Easter resource, for individuals, small groups and churches. At its heart is an invitation to actively explore the accounts of the risen Jesus.

To help make 40 Days with Jesus as easily accessible as possible we’ve created multiple resources which allow the whole church to learn together, including free small group studies, free sermon outlines and a 40-day devotional. To find out more just visit www.40days.info

40 Days with Jesus: Persistence and devotion

40 Days with Jesus is a new post-Easter resource, for individuals, small groups and churches. At its heart is an invitation to actively explore the accounts of the risen Jesus.

And we’re off…

40 Days with Jesus is underway! It’s great to hear that many of you have already started the 40-day journey with your small groups and churches, and that many more are hoping to start this weekend. If you have any specific feedback just drop us an email: hello@40days.info

What we love about week 1

We love persistence and devotion… Particularly Mary’s persistence and devotion to Jesus on that first Easter Sunday morning. In Day 1 of the devotional Dave writes:

‘Mary was clearly so devoted to Jesus that at the earliest opportunity after the Sabbath she got up to visit the tomb. Then, as we shall see, having witnessed the empty tomb, she was determined to find the body of Jesus, in contrast to the male disciples, who went home. Although Jesus eventually took the initiative and appeared to her, it seems as if this is in direct response to her loving, persistent seeking of Him’

So let’s encourage our small groups and our churches to persistently seek the risen Jesus. And over this 40-day period let’s pray for those we know that, like Mary, their lives may be forever changed when they encounter Him.

Introducing 40 Days with Jesus

40 Days with Jesus is a resource, for individuals, small groups and churches. At its heart is an invitation to actively explore the accounts of the risen Jesus.

This resource is based around a particularly successful teaching series that was first written and used by Dave Smith at KingsGate Community Church. It delves into the post resurrection appearances of Jesus to His disciples, exploring the remarkable way in which He transformed the lives of those He encountered. Our hope is that we will see many more lives transformed as we focus on the risen Jesus.

This resource includes:

For more information and to register, visit the 40 Days with Jesus website.

About Dave Smith

Dave is the Senior Pastor at KingsGate Community Church in Peterborough, Cambridge and Leicester. He became a Christian whilst studying at Oxford University and went on to complete a Doctorate. He and his wife Karen planted KingsGate in 1988, a lively and thriving church, which has obtained national profile on Songs of Praise and BBC Radio 1.