Information about the Season of Lent
What is Lent?
Lent is the 40-day period of reflection, repentance, and renewal preceding Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends with the Easter service. The 40 days does not include the Sundays in that period of time.
What is the significance of the 40 days?
In the Old Testament, we read that Moses fasted and prayed 40 days, after which God appeared to him and instructed him on how to overcome his enemies. Jesus spent 40 days in the Judean wilderness before beginning his public ministry. During the 40 days, each prayed and opened himself to God’s direction, plan, and will.
How does observing Lent prepare us for Easter?
During Lent we keep our eyes focused on Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. We walk with Jesus as He goes to Jerusalem. We see what He went through for us. We see the magnitude of His sacrifice and the depth of His love.
What should one be doing during Lent?
There is no “law” about what you should be doing during Lent. At the same time, there are certain practices and disciplines that will be a blessing, among these are:
Self-examination: Set aside time to examine and evaluate your life as a Christian.
Repentance: Be honest with God and with yourself about those areas of your life that do not reflect God’s plan, will, or desire for you. Desire, by the power of the Holy Spirit in your life, to change these parts of your life.
Meditation: Read a portion of Scripture daily. Let its words settle into your heart and mind. Apply what you read to your life.
Prayer: Set aside time for conversation with God. Open your heart. Listen to what He says to you in Scripture and through the witness of fellow saints.
Special service: Live out your faith by committing to serve the Lord in a specific way, one that touches the life of another.
Participate in worship services: This includes, in addition to regular Sunday morning worship, participation in our Wednesday services. As we gather, we will hear the story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. We will be drawn closer to Him. This will always be a source of blessing.
Look for ways to share your faith: Think about people in your life who do not know about God’s love for them in Christ. Or, think about those who know Jesus but who are not connected with a worshiping, serving congregation. Lift those people in prayer. Think about how you can bring them to Bethany. People are more open to such invitations at special times of the year such as Easter.
Commitment: Answer the question: “How am I serving the Lord at Bethany?” Look for ways to serve in our congregation. Commit yourself to serving as well as being served. Use the Lenten season to reflect on how much God has done for you in Christ. How can you show your thanks? By serving others.