Spiritual Growth

Fellowship with us on Sunday mornings at 9:00am in Drennen Hall before joining one of our Sunday School classes to discuss Wayne Proctor’s lessons on Holy Living (Smith & Helwys Formations series).

Some Christians fall in to the mistake of thinking that Lent is a season for remembering the death of Jesus on the cross. That is certainly a part of Lent. It takes center stage during Holy Week, the final week of Lent. But Jesus’ death isn’t even close to the whole story of this season.

Lent is more properly understood as a season in which to remember the teachings of Jesus. In particular, it is a season in which Christians are called upon to reflect on their spiritual health. How are we doing in our struggle to resit sin, attain holiness, and reflect more and more on the life to which Jesus has called us?

For the first four Sundays of Lent, our lessons will draw from several New Testament passages that will hopefully help us grapple with what it means to strive for holiness, especially in the context of a culture that so often pulls us away from such a pursuit.

As is traditional in many lectionaries, we will begin with the story of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness and ponder how we respond to the temptations we face every day. Then we will hear James’s warnings about the dangers of the tongue and reflect on how our words may literally speak volumes about the state of our souls.

In the third lesson, we will explore 1 John and approach the question of how honest we are about our sins. Do we confess them and seek the cleansing Jesus gives or do we try to pretend we have attained moral perfection? Finally, we’ll return to the letter of James and ponder the benefits of humility before God.

March 5 –   Facing Temptation
Matthew 4:1-11

March 12 – Taming the Tongue
James 3:1-12

March 19 – Living in the Light
1 John 1:5 – 2:6

March 26 – Practicing Humility
James 4:1-10

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