World Views

Here are some links to articles related to World Views in connection with our Sunday School class. I will update this post with additional links as the class progresses

What is Advent?

This year our church is observing the season of Advent by using an advent wreath. If Advent is unfamiliar to you, please refer to the following two articles by Pastor Ken:

The Season of Lent

Since the second century, Christians have observed a period of prayer, fasting, and reflection in preparation for the celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter. By the fourth century, Lent was the 40 days before Easter, not including Sundays. Lent is observed not only by Roman Catholics but also by many Protestant Christians.

Just we sometimes do a thorough “spring cleaning” a few times a year, Lent is an opportunity to come to God for cleansing and renewal of our spiritual lives. There are three practices that have traditionally been a part of Lent:

  • Prayer and reflection, including confession and repentance
  • Fasting as a way to humble ourselves and make space in our lives for God
  • Giving to help those in need

The Bible does not command us to observe Lent, but these three practices are very biblical and beneficial for our spiritual lives. These are things that we should be doing anyway, so why not do them during Lent? Let’s commit ourselves to seek the Lord, which is the first step in experiencing revival and renewal in our spiritual lives.

Lent this year begins on 2/10. Each Sunday during Lent we will provide suggestions for practice that week.

For more information about Lent, see Pastor Ken’s article at http://kencarlson.org/bible/what-is-lent/