A Disciple's Path
- The 40-day devotional booklet A Disciple’s Path for the Lenten Journey will be available at a cost of R30. If you cannot afford this, please contact us for assistance.
- If you would like to participate, either sign up at the table in the Foyer after the service or simply send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “A Disciple’s Path” so we can accommodate you.
- Though we have already had the books printed, we should be able to get you a book even if you did not sign up earlier.
What is Lent?
Lent is the forty day period leading up to the Passion of Christ and is celebrated by many believers around the world. The Lenten season emphasizes one's need to cultivate the inner life through various spiritual disciplines.
Originally, in the first century, Lent was observed as a forty hour period, in keeping with the forty hours Jesus's body was in the tomb. This Lenten watch ended with an Easter Service at 3:00 a.m. In the third century, the forty hours evolved into a six day extension. These six days were known as Holy Week. Then, the six days grew into 36 days (36 being the tithe or a tenth of the 365 days of the year). Finally, during the reign of Charlemagne in the 8th century, four days were added to the 36, to create our current celebration of Lent. The added days were Ash Wednesday, which begins the Lenten season, and the three following days, running up to the First Sunday in Lent.
Lent began as a way for believers to remind themselves to repent of their sins in a manner similar to how people in the Old Testament repented in sackcloth, ashes, and fasting (see Esther 4:1-3; Jeremiah 6:26; Daniel 9:3; Matthew 11:21). It is therefore a time for self examination, penitence and denial, embracing such spiritual disciplines as prayer, meditation on Scripture and fasting.
The essential purpose of a Lenten discipline is to strip away those things which clutter one's life or impede one from being in relationship with God. It is also a time for us to experience and reflect on the sufferings of Jesus in light of our own sin and unrighteousness. It is a time of spiritual renewal and growth.
We are inviting you to join us in this Lenten journey toward the cross. Beginning on Ash Wednesday (this year on 14 February), we will be starting a 40-day devotional journey entitled A Disciple’s Path. Such a journey, if we pursue it diligently, has the power to transform our lives radically as God’s people.
Should you wish to participate in this journey with us, you will be asked to commit to three key disciplines that form part of the journey:
- To set aside 30 minutes every day to reflect and meditate upon the devotional material prepared for that day.
- We really encourage you to join a small group ( if you are not already part of a Life Group) where you can share around what you have learned and experienced in your own journey each week.
- If possible, to try and attend all our Sunday services during your 40 day journey as this will set the tone for what we will be working through each week.
More information on how you can participate will be provided over the next few weeks.
We are trusting the Lord for a wonderful time of spiritual growth and renewal in our lives.
Looking forward to journeying with you!