Growing up, I always heard about lent through the “I’m giving up coffee or chocolate for 40 days.” Somewhat of a chore. Always giving up something you liked for what seemed like no real reason.
Katie and I have always been drawn to the church calendar and deep meanings behind it. In our fast paced world, going to our roots in our Christian faith can often be one of the most helpful things. It creates a connection to our history, it often brings the symbolism to life that we lack our Facebook world.
The goal of lent is to spend the 40 days leading up to Good Friday meditating and thinking on the cross and the sacrifice of Jesus in your place and mine.
While fasting from something you spend time on (it might be chocolate, TV, Facebook, Movies, you might fast from a meal each day or do a Daniel Fast). The time that you are fasting, spend that extra time praying, reading Scripture. I’d encourage you to read through the gospel of Mark. One reason is half of Mark focuses on the last week of Jesus, it is the thrust of the entire book. A great way to do that is through YouVersion.
Elliot Grudem and Bruce Benedict put together a great guide for the season of Lent and why followers of Jesus should participate in it. I’d encourage you to read this as a starting point.
And join us, starting February 13th as we go through the season of Lent. Capped off on Good Friday, March 29th, as we go through the Stations of the Cross as a church.
Click here to download the Lent guide we are sharing together as a church.