ANNOUNCING A LENTEN
SUNDAY SERMON SERIES:
"RETURN FROM EXILE: REDISCOVERING JESUS!"
Beginning on the First Sunday of Lent, February 18 through the Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 18th, PastorJim will be offering a five-week Sermon Series that shows the true meaning of exile, both in the Bible and in our own lives. Exile is a place where you are cut off from your sense of place: your sense of belonging. It's a place where you lack all that you need. It's a time of isolation and even suffering.
So what does exile have to do with the season of Lent? Just about everything! When Jesus walked into the desert for 40 days of fasting he chose to send himself into a time of exile. Jesus voluntarily cuts himself off from three things: people, water, and food. And then he was subjected to temptation. Jesus knows, through lived experience, exactly what exile feels like and what it can do for anyone seeking God.
Everyone one of us ends up in exile at some time in our life, for different reasons. Many of us have felt cut off, alone, and misunderstood. At times you might have ended up far from where you wanted to be and weren't sure how to get back. This sermon series will show how to rediscover Jesus in your life precisely because God always brings His people back from exile. Exile is only a season and always has a purpose:
Then they will know that I am the Lord, their God because I made them go into exile among the nations and then gathered them together in their own land, and I will leave none of them any longer" (Ezekiel 39:28)
For good or for bad, exile reveals what's in your heart. Above, in Ezekiel, exile revealed a heart of rebellion. But, when Jesus went into exile, exile revealed his obedience. Come and listen to this sermon series during Lent and discover what your experiences of exile reveal in your heart.
Our Lenten Sermon Series for 2018
First Sunday of Lent, February 18:
The Exile of Unbelief. This is what happened to God's people when they failed to enter the Promised Land. They doubted God's ability to help them. This happens to you and me when we fail to remember and rely on God's grace and help.
Second Sunday of Lent, February 25:
The Exile of sin and rebellion. This is what we see in the Book of Ezekiel. God's people lost the right to live in the Promised Land not merely for doubting but for worshipping false gods. This exile can also happen to us whenever we place anything before God in our life
Third Sunday of Lent March 4:
The Exile of Bad Choices. This is not about disbelief or rebellion. It's when we make life decisions that set us back and remove us to a place of exile.
Fourth Sunday of Lent March 11:
The Exile that is Undeserved. Some people end up in exile through no fault of their own. Sometimes bad things do happen to very good people. Yet in this place as well, God has something to teach us about ourselves.
Fifth Sunday of Lent March 18:
The Exile that is Self-Imposed. That is what Jesus and Abraham did. They ended up in a difficult place because God called them to a hard place and they obeyed.