Lent is a Christian season when we remember the sacrifices Jesus and his disciples made in their ministry leading up to his death. This time not only helps us to remember the cost of following Jesus, but it also sobers us to the exhilarating reckoning of Jesus’ resurrection and ultimate conquering of death with eternal life.
What is very clear in Scripture is that Jesus is constantly aware of his purpose, and that through teaching his followers, we become awakened to a whole new reality, one in which simply possessing the faith of a mustard seed can move mountains. In a way, Lent is itself a form of awakening. How many of us have “gone without” or sacrificed something we thought we needed only to realize that we never really needed it much to begin with?
We are incredibly excited to begin a new series this week called Awaken. In this series with Lent as our backdrop, we will identify different types of Awakening that can move us into a deeper faith. We will also hear powerful testimonies from individuals in our own congregation who have encountered hardship in some manner and managed to experience an awakening in their faith as a result.
We are certain that God is going to powerfully move as you hear the moving stories of people in our church, and it is our hope that we will collectively be further awakened and activated to a more vibrant faith. So, during this Lent season, we invite you to sacrifice and give up something extraneous that distracts you from God and commit to activating and awakening your faith, and, as we prepare for the coming resurrection at Easter, we hope you will prayerfully invite people who could use an awakening in their faith as we celebrate together the power of what God is doing in the life of our church!