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Join us on Sunday, February 25th at 10:00am
For a Service of Word & Prayer
Pastor Tom will bring the message
Beginnings to Salvation: Abraham to Son of Man
Welcome to the Season of Lent
Lent is a season of prayer, penitence, and study as we approach Easter. For many it is also a season of fasting and sacrifice. At it's heart though, Lent is a season of rebuilding or renewing our relationship with God and finding new ways to experience deeper spirituality. In the early church it was a season of preparation for baptism or a time of repentance for those who'd fallen away from the faith. In all of this, Lent is a practiced remembrance of Jesus spending forty day and forty nights in the wilderness where he faced his own temptation and came out from that struggle firm in his commitment to God.
This Sunday we look to Genesis 17:1-7 & 15-16 and Mark 8:31-38. In Genesis, we read of God’s covenant with Abraham, a covenant that brought a future nation into relationship with God. That same covenant is gathered up in the Son of Man. It’s a covenant that asks a hard question. Who do you want to be? It’s a question that has many layers both individually and communally.
How would you define "covenant relationship"?
Who is Abraham to you? Who is the Son of Man to you?
How is the covenant God made with Abraham different from the covenant made through the Son of Man?
The Promised Land was a physical location for the descendants of Abraham and Sarah. What would the Promised Land be through the Son of Man?
Sunday, February 25: Beginning to Salvation: Abraham to Son of Man
Second Sunday of Lent
Genesis 17:1-7,15-16 & Mark 8:31-38 - In Genesis, we read of God’s covenant with Abraham, a covenant that brought a future nation into relationship with God. That same covenant is gathered up in Son of Man. It’s a covenant that asks a hard question. Who do you want to be? It’s a question that has many layers both individually and communally.
Sunday, March 3: Beginning to Salvation: Mt. Sinai to Zeal in the Temple
Third Sunday of Lent
Exodus 20:1-17 & John 2:13-22 - In Exodus, the ten commandments, the Law, is laid out for God's people. In John, Jesus overturns the money changer's tables in a zealous display of outrage on behalf of God's home. In both of these one might see an underlying thread of "respect what is God's and all that belongs to God."
Sunday, March 10: Beginnings to Salvation: Venomous Snakes to Lifted Son
Fourth Sunday of Lent
Numbers 21:4-9 & John 3:14-21 - In Numbers we read an account of God's people growing restless in the wilderness, being disciplined with venomous snakes, then being saved through a bronze snake lifted high. In John, Jesus himself connects this imagery to his own crucifixion.
Sunday, March 17: Beginnings to Salvation:
Promised Covenant to Promised Son
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Jeremiah 31:31-34 & John 12:20-33 - Jeremiah prophesies of a new covenant God will make with God's people. In John, Jesus stands at the precipice of fulfilling that covenant, standing firm in the moment of truth, unwavering from the path of salvation.
Sunday, March 24: Beginning to Salvation:
From God Who Vindicates to a Kingly Entry... to the Cross
Palms & Passion Sunday
Mark 11:1-11, Isaiah 50:4-9a, & Mark 14:1--15:47 - Isaiah speaks of God’s vindication of the righteous against their enemies… sounding very much like Christ’s trials. All after his great entry.