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Pleading the Protestant Prospective WHY?? Going on a diet
Ashes on foreheads
Eat fish on Fridays
Purpose Self-denial Lent comes from the Germanic word for springtime Christian Growth A time for taking spiritual inventory and then cleaning out those things which hinder our corporate and personal relationships with Jesus Christ and our service to Him Fasting A symbol of repentance. Our Lenten disciplines are supposed to ultimately transform our entire person: body, soul, and spirit..they are supposed to help us become more like Christ. History
How do we fit in?
Fasting "Becoming by grace what God is by nature." St. Athanasius Roadmap
Biblical Aims Anticipation and longing
for Jesus to come back For help in a new
venture in ministry Can be used
to avert danger Used to express
sorrow and loss Expresses repentance
and grief for sin Not done for the
praise of men "The the disciples of John came to Him, asking, 'Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?' And Jesus said to them, 'The attendants of the bridegroom cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them and they will fast.'" Matthew 9:14,15 "Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry." Matthew 4:1,2 "Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might hunble ourselves before our God to seek from Him a safe journey for us, our little ones, and all our possessions." Ezra 8:21 "The mourned and wept and fasted unitl evening for Saul and his son Jonathon and for the people or the LORD and the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword."
2 Samuel 1:12 "'Yet even now,' declares the LORD, 'Return to Me with all your heart, and with fasting. weeping, and mourning; and rend your heart and not your garments. Now return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in loving-kindness, and relenting of evil.'" Joel 2:12,13 Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you fast, annoint your head and wash your face so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you." Matthew 6:16-18 Lenten Timeline Clean Monday 15 Ash Wednesday 17 The 4 Sundays of Lent Feast of St. Patrick 17 Feast of St. Joseph 19 Fifth Sunday of Lent
(Passion Sunday) The Annunciation
of the Lord 25 February- April,
2010 Palm Sunday 28 Holy Thursday 1 Good Friday 2 Holy Saturday 3 Easter 4 "Fasting is not a 'no' to the goodness of food or the generosity of God in providing it. Rather, it is a way of saying, from time to time, that having more of the Giver surpasses having the gift...Food is good. But God is better. Normally we meet God in his good gifts and turn every enjoyment into worship with thanksgiving. But from time to time we need to test ourselves to see if we have begun to love his gifts in place of Him." John Piper
Lent is one of the oldest observations on the Christian calendar It has changed over the years, but the purpose has stayed the same. 325AD, The Council of Nicea 373, St. Athanasius 386, St. Cyril of Jerusalem 444, St Cyril of Alexandria 461, Pope St. Leo The number 40 Moses
Jesus Rules and
durations Lent isn't only about giving something up, it is also about putting something positive in its place. How do Protestants fit in? Must be done in a way that honors God. "This people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me." Matthew 15:8 Dangers of Lent ComplainFest
Time of Comparison What to do? 1. We can observe Lent and constantly check our motives and attitudes 2. We can scratch the tradition all together and recognize something new FASTING During the Lenten Season Outside of Lenten
Season Motivation behind fasting "No, the reward we are to seek from the Father in fasting is not first or mainly the gifts of God, but God himself." John Piper When we fast in a biblical manner and with a biblical attitude, it will be so we can be drawn closer to God, encounter more of Him, and fall deeper in love with Him - not so that we can in some way manipulate Him or "butter Him up" in order to get something out of Him. Instead, fasting should indicate our longing for the Savior and our desire to be with Him. Faithful interaction with the Scriptures on the subject of fasting The 40 weekdays from Ash Wednesday until Easter observed by Christians as a season of fasting and penitence in preparation for Easter. True fasting focuses on God.Center your total being on Him, your attitude, actions, motives, desires and words. A renewed closeness with God and a greater sensitivity to spiritual things are usually the results of a fast. Do not be disappointed if you do not have a "mountaintop experience," as some do. For others, their fast was physically, emotionally, and spiritually grueling, but they completed the fast unto Him as an act of worship; God will honor that commitment. Your motive in fasting must be to glorify God, not to have an emotion experience, and not to attain happiness. When your motives are right, God will honor your seeking heart and bless your time with Him.