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Church Rhythms: Lent 2018

Church Rhythms

Speaker: Matt Butler
Date: February 11, 2018

Lent is a Church rhythm meant to lead us into the heart of the gospel - the death and resurrection of Jesus. This ancient Christian season impresses on us our union with Christ. It urges us to put to death the sin and indifference in our hearts toward God and one another and enter anew into the joy of the Lord - the joy of a new life born out of a death to the old life. There is a fundamental change that must occur in order for us to experience this new life and it starts with a death on a cross.

Title -Lent

Church Rhythms — practices or periods of time that shape the lives of Christians around the gospel

To make disciples of Jesus that live in community for the community

Church Rhythms — practices or periods of time that shape the lives of Christians around the gospel

The Overview of Lent

Lent — a 40-day Church Rhythm of repentance & renewal leading up to Easter, meant to lead us into the heart of the gospel

Romans 6:1-2 - 1What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?

Romans 6:3-4 - 3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Roman 6:5-9 - 5For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.

Romans 6:10-11- 10For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Quote - “Yes, during these weeks we become especially mindful of the sinfulness that alienates us from God, indeed of the human evil that nailed Jesus to those rough beams. And this we lament with sadness. At the same time, we understand that by his death, Jesus secured for us forgiveness and eternal life. We are like prisoners whose release draws near or refugees on our way back home or patients for whom the cure is working. Lent is sobering, but it leads to Easter!” — Bobby Gross

Lent — a 40-day Church Rhythm of repentance & renewal leading up to Easter, meant to lead us into the heart of the gospel

Quote - “Tradition is the living faith of the dead; traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.” — Jaroslav Pelikan

40 = periods of trial, testing & preparation

Lent — a 40-day Church Rhythm of repentance & renewal leading up to Easter, meant to lead us into the heart of the gospel

The Practices of Lent

— Ash Wednesday

Genesis 3:19b (“…for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”)

The Practices of Lent

— Ash Wednesday

— Giving

— Praying

— Fasting

Matthew 6:1 - 1"Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

Practice Dependence on Jesus

The Practices of Lent

— Ash Wednesday

— Giving

— Praying

— Fasting

Proverbs 27:7 - 7 One who is full loathes honey,

but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet.

Title -Lent

Communion -1 Corinthians 11:23-26 - 23For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, "This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me." 25In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." 26For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

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