Posted by: Carey Memorial Baptist Church, Kettering | February 28, 2019

The Strong Word – March 2019

 

We are about to enter the 40 days of Lent, on the 6th of March. For Many Christians this is a time of serious reflection and a time of personal austerity. If you enter a Catholic or High Anglican church during the Lent season all Icons will be covered up and the church will look quite austere!

Many Christians will eat less meat, drink less, miss meals and pray more.

They will aim to follow in the footsteps of Jesus as he moves towards Good Friday, seeking to serve rather than be served, and listening more to the quiet voice of God.

For us Baptists, we have not been as strict over the Lent season as others. Often it is Pancake Tuesday we celebrate then pay little attention to the season until Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday.

A Bible verse that I think sums up Lent for the busy world of 2019 is found in Mark 8v34, when Jesus is considering the ultimate sacrifice he is going to have to make.

Jesus says:-

“If anyone would follow me, he must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it and whoever loses their life for my sake and for the sake of the gospel will save it, what good is it to gain the whole world but forfeit ones soul?”

I think this puts Lent in context as we consider once again what is truly important and where our real values lie. I think it does take the full 40 days to come to terms with such words and to apply them in our lives.

Maybe one of the house groups held this month might help us be more serious in our thinking and praying?

May God Bless us as we follow Jesus, not the world!

 

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