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Attend // Lent 2024

The Lenten Season draws our collective attention to Christ’s complete work - from birth to death - so we might see and respond to our co-suffering God. The forty days of Lent map onto the forty days Jesus was tempted in the wilderness and serve as an active invitation to enter into the test, acknowledge our own sinfulness and need for salvation. 

 

Hebrews 4:15 says that Jesus was tempted in every way, just as we are, and yet He did not sin. Jesus faced every temptation, even death on a cross, to purchase our freedom. 

Prepare

Traditionally, Lent is a time for fasting, or abstaining from something, in order to remind us of the sacrifice Jesus made for us and our dependence on God. Just as we carefully prepare for events in our personal lives, Lent invites us to make our minds and hearts ready to remember Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.

 

Philippians 3:7-8 says, “But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.” The practice of abstaining or fasting during Lent is not meant to draw your focus to what you are losing but to what you can gain in the absence of those things. Fasting reminds us that we cannot live on bread alone (Matt 4:4), and the time you would have spent preparing food and eating it can instead be spent in prayer, worship, or the Word. You can release social media, television, or anything that you find distracts you from the presence of God and choose to add a new spiritual rhythm to your life. 

 

We encourage you to prayerfully consider what could be gained during these forty days if you create space in your life for God to move.

Consider

  • Where is God calling you to repentance this season?

  • Is there anything He is asking you to give up for a time so that you can refocus on Him?

  • Are there any practices He is asking you to add to your life?

Join

Digital Fast

The "Digital Fast" is a communal practice piloted by Pastor Darren Whitehead in Nashville and is what it sounds like. This practice invites you to audit your digital life and experiment with an alternative. In short, the "fast" presents in various forms:

  • Total abstinence from all media and tech outside work (including turning your smartphone into a 'dumbphone.')

  • Removing all social media from your devices and resolving to abstain for 40 days. 

* It should be noted that this may be personal but is not private. The goal is for shared preparation and shared fruit. ​

Wednesday & Friday

Fasting is a bodily act wherein we starve the flesh to feed the Spirit. Fasting is biblical, historic, and normal in almost the whole Church except the Church in the West. On Wednesday and Friday throughout the Lenten season, we invite you to join us as we make room on our plates and pray with our bodies. 

  • Be specific. Start small. Ask Jesus to feed you through his word (consider the corporate reading below). 

*Additional teachings and resources available at: www.practicingtheway.org/fasting

Pray

In all things pray. This is not a season of spiritual performace but preparation to be and become a praying church. 

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