Preparing for Easter

by celebrating lent

God commands us, “Be holy, for I am holy” (Leviticus 11:45; Leviticus 19:2; 1 Peter 1:16).  This is a call to be morally blameless before God.  The problem is we have sin in our lives and all around us in our world.  Therefore, obedience to this call is to intentionally pursue holiness by the eradication of sin from our lives.  With God’s help we have a dependent responsibility to overcome sin through obedience to Biblical precepts.  This is a daily battle for our hearts and minds.  The stakes are high for “without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).


Click here to learn more about the Lenten Sermon Series, "Pursuing Holiness".

 

Lent is the church season to examine our lives, eliminate sin’s influence over us, and grow closer to God.  Many Christians often practice the Lenten practice of self-denial (“giving up something for Lent”) as a means of identifying with the suffering of Christ. This Lent we are challenging people to give up sin once and for all.  Instead of suffering, we desire to lead people to freedom over the sin which binds them.


Continue scrolling for a special Lenten study guide.


*The image on the homepage is a reproduction of an original oil painting by Enrique Simonet [now in public domain], entitled "Flevit super illam", which means  "He wept over it". According to the 19th chapter of the Gospel of Luke, as Jesus approaches Jerusalem, he looks at the city and weeps over it (Luke 19:41) (an event known as Flevit super illam in Latin language), foretelling the suffering that awaits the city. The event took place on the Mount of Olives, on the background the Second Temple.

living water

reflections and activities for lent


Over the next few weeks, we'll be exploring what it means to see Jesus as “living water,” looking at six stories from the Gospel of John. We’ll see how God invites us to be part of His thirst-quenching endeavor, sharing the gift of water with those in need, both literally and figuratively. We are dust, and to dust we will return. But we can be renewed when we drink—and share—God’s living water.


Click here to download the Living Water devotional.


There is also an opportunity to fund projects to provide people with access to life giving water. We will be jointly supporting World Vision's work to build wells, and the work of the Jamaica mission team to build water catchment systems.


Donations towards these projects can be made at any worship service (a special love offering will also be announced) or can be mailed directly to the church office (PO Box 57, Walkertown, NC 27051-0057). Be sure to write "Lenten Water Project" in the memo line of a check to ensure funds are designated properly.