The Church season of Lent is a time for Christians to seek, to renew, and to grow in their faith. It is a time to focus intentionally on our spiritual life and health. Spiritual Disciplines are one of the methods the Church has used for centuries to draw focus and renewal. Over the course of the next 5 weeks, we will look at 5 different practices of Spiritual Disciplines to help train our mind, body, and spirit to seek, renew, and grow in our faith.
In his letter to the Galatians, Paul dives into what allows a person to be called a son/daughter of God, to be His beloved and redeemed. It does not come from their best actions, or the worst of others, but solely through His love and grace shown in Jesus Christ. Starting from this foundation, Paul then gives the Galatian disciples, and you and me today, a clear picture of how we are to live our lives in Christ – as witnesses to His love, mercy and truth. During this season of Lent, we have a tremendous opportunity to seek to “keep in step with the Spirit”, practicing the fruit of the Spirit, and encouraging one another to keep moving forward, to live in Christ.
The Gospel of Mark begins quite quickly with Jesus’ ministry – first in calling His disciples, to sending them out, to Jesus already being challenged by the religious leaders of the day. Mark makes it clear throughout His Gospel that Jesus stayed focus on His ministry of preaching the good news of His Kingdom. As we dive into 2021 there are more opportunities for us to make Christ know then ever before, be it in person or virtually! This 4-week sermon series led by Pastor Brian will be an opportunity to dive into the first experiences of Jesus with His disciples in the Gospel of Mark, and what this means for our own journeys of discipleship.