Our Scripture theme for Lent comes from Luke 9:23: "Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me." Throughout the Lenten season, we are journeying daily through the book of Luke. Our prayer is that we will be united across generations, from children to senior adults, through the intentional studying of the Scriptures together. Through God's Word and the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray that we will be unified and excited to discuss these Scriptures in our daily walk with church family and others. Please check back each day for Scripture readings and our weekly devotional, or click here to download the complete reading plan.
In Luke 9, we see Jesus send out the twelve, feed the 5,000, and talk with Peter about who “the crowds” were saying Jesus was. Jesus asks Peter the question, “But what about you? Who do you say I am?” Peter responds, “God’s Messiah.”
After this, Jesus warns His followers not to tell this to anyone and explains to them the suffering He will endure. He then says the words, “Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me" (Luke 9:23).
On Wednesday, February 10, we will begin the Lenten season with Ash Wednesday. As we begin this season, as a church family, we are encouraging everyone to daily walk through the book of Luke together. There are three ways we can journey together:
1) Do you have the YouVersion Bible app? If you do, you can browse the plans and download “Lent: Journey According to Luke.” This plan begins on Ash Wednesday and takes you through Easter. Make sure to set a daily reminder on your electronic device to remember to follow the plan daily.
2) Are you more traditional? If so, we have a plan for you. To follow the traditional plan, click here or pick up a copy at the fellowship hall entrance. You can also request a plan to be sent to your home by calling the church office at 304.523.0115. This plan will take you through Lent in chronological order. If that is how you like to read the Scriptures, this is the plan for you.
3) Would you prefer to follow our Sunday sermon series? Dr. Sayles will also be preaching through the book of Luke during Lent, as it is the lectionary text for this year. Click here to download this plan, or you may pick up a copy at the fellowship hall entrance. This plan will help you follow along with our Sunday morning sermons.
Whichever plan you choose, let us daily follow Jesus by taking up our crosses and our Bibles together.
Rev. Jana Stoner