How far can I move the needle in my relationship with Jesus during Lent this year?
March 02, 2015
I invite you to watch the sermon which is about 15 minutes into this video.
For much of my life, I went to Lenten services on Wednesday nights which were usually preceded by a church supper. Then we'd go to the service which was very liturgical and which centered on some aspect of Jesus' final week before the crucifixion and resurrection.
Most sermons I heard about this important time in history and in everybody's spiritual life were delivered in a seminary style using big theological word. For me, they didn't seem to dig deep into my heart that was formed in a place called Banks in Bay City, Michigan.
Right now, we are attending Ada (Michigan) Bible Church where Pastor Jeff Manion has a strong Gospel orientation, but has the teaching ability to make the Bible more understandable and relevant.
Yesterday, he started a sermon series on the Five Days of Jesus as he approaches Jerusalem, gets there and then deals with the brutality of his crucifixion.
My prayer is to make space for the Holy Spirit to pound this deep in my heart and to encourage others to take the same journey with me.