The season of Lent begins on March 6th, 2019. For those unfamiliar with the season, or thinking it is something observed only within the Catholic church, we wanted to provide some resources to help you and your community follow Jesus together.
The word “lent” simply means “spring season” where the days grow longer, and it is a time in the Christian calendar that marks the 40 days before Easter. Where Advent in the Christmas season is a time of hope, joy, peace and love, Lent is a time that is meant to prepare our hearts and lives through confession, repentance, self denial that culminates in the celebration of Easter.
Lent is in no way mandatory or required for Christians, but can be a helpful time to intentionally evaluate our lives, invite Christ to work, and lead us toward becoming human the way we were created to be.
We will have an 8 week series entitled “The Final Days of Jesus” that will lead us through Holy week (the last week of Jesus life) up to Easter. There is a free devotional from Crossway that goes with the series that can be found here.
If you choose to observe Lent in 2019, or simply would like to learn more, we wanted to provide you with some additional resources:
A Prayer for Lent - Pastor Scotty Smith
Why Bother with Lent? - Chuck Colson
Lent Guide (free) - The Village Church
Lenten Devotionals (free) - Tim Keller and Redeemer Church
Journey to the Cross - Lent Devotional from Will Walker and Kendall Haug
Additional Lent Resources - Chuck Degroat
For families: See attached images for a reading plan this Lenten season through the Jesus Storybook Bible.
We pray these are helpful for you as your journey with Jesus this season.