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Lent


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Lent


 

ready, set, lent!

Easter is coming. It’s more than a special church service. Christian faith centers on real hope because of the resurrection. Lent helps prepare us for the promise of new life.  Lent asks, what does it mean for me/us to take one step closer to Christ? 

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me             - Galatians 2:20. 

This is the mystery of Christ—We find new life when something in me dies. But resurrection doesn’t happen without a “death” or, in our case, some sacrifice and intentionality.

The power of community is when a whole group of people does something together.  The power of Lent is when we live with greater intentionality. The goal of our experiment is developing a habit of recognizing God's presence. Lent invites us into the life that God intends; where faith is both shared and practiced.  

Welcome to Lent, Mission Hills style. We're calling it “T.G.I.F.” (Thank God It’s Friday) because Lent not only leads us to the resurrection, it also leads us to “Good Friday”. Good Friday is the day the Jesus willingly gave his life. It’s actually quite tragic. What made Good Friday good was that Christ gave.

So, what if every Friday for Lent we literally gave thanks by making it good for someone else?

Each Friday, we’ll have a couple of different ways to express our faith and make it good for another. We’ll use the Gospel of John as our backdrop highlighting a reoccurring phrase, “Not my own…” from our Sunday series. 

 
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Friday, february 16

“T.G.I…Not my Table" (rhythm of Hospitality) 

Be the church at mealtime. Rather than give up food, fast from eating alone without giving thanks and including others. 

  1. Plan dinner with person of peace & talk about difference Christ is making in you/your community.
  2. Take the new hire/intern/“outsider” at work out to lunch
  3. Make a plan for meal or coffee with someone you admire. Share what you see in them, how it’s encouraged you, and how you’re trying to model it for another.
  4. Receive a favor or compliment as God’s care for you. Ask for help with something, as needed. See who’s God’s prepared for you.


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23

“T.G.I…Not my Time" (Rhythm of Apprenticing)  

Learning to learn from others. Training to train others to do same.

  1. Remind someone that you care about them and how you’re proud of them.
  2. Share a skill or lesson with a willing recipient.
  3. Ask someone further along than you (career, marriage, parenting, faith) about a great lesson they learned.
  4. Give someone a copy of your favorite book. Explain how it impacted your personal growth

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Friday, March 2

“T.G.I…Not my Will” (Rhythm of Renewal)

Not my will, but yours. Trying to give God control. Try to respond to God’s voice or prompt.

  1. Pray the Lord’s Prayer @6, 9, 12, 3 & 6. Set alerts on your phone.
  2. Identify someone with a different set of needs. What can you learn from them?
  3. Ask for help or allow someone to do a favor for you. Meditate and pray about the difficulty you might have in receiving God’s grace, love, and forgiveness.
  4. Forgive someone. Choose to turn away from resentment.

Friday, March 9

“T.G.I…Not my Gifts" (Rhythm of Generosity)

Seeing God as the Source and stewarding His provision

  1. Go online and make a charitable contribution as an act of faith.
  2. Put change in an expired parking meter or buy a 2 hr parking sticker & leave it stuck to machine for someone.
  3. Leave an exceptional tip (whether they deserve it or not). Decide to be generous as God is with you.
  4. Buy a strangers’ coffee anonymously, if possible. 

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friday, march 16

“T.G.I…Not my influence" (Rhythm of Community)  

Finding what you have in common. Being attentive. Sharing hope.

  1. Give undivided attention. Have a meal or extended conversation without checking your phone or watch once.
  2. Pick up a friend or neighbor’s kid(s) after school so they can enjoy a couple extra hours.
  3. Identify the difference Christ is making in you. Share it with one person. Invite someone to join you for Easter.

 


friday, march 23

“T.G.I…Not my Problem" (rhythm of Compassion) 

Expressing empathy.

  1. Pray about what limits your empathy & compassion…fear, time, interest? Confess it. Pray for eyes to see & meet a need that’s different than your own.
  2. Do something for someone that they hate doing themselves.
  3. Make a care package and give to someone you love or needs it.
  4. Let someone go in front of you in line or traffic.

Friday, March 30

“T.G.I…Not my Life" (Rhythm of Gratitude) 

Sharing hope by offering thanks and praise.

  1. Compliment or affirm 3 unlikely people you interact with for the day.
  2. Read/Meditate on Ps.23 in the morning, at noon, & again at night.
  3. Fast from criticism, negative words, & thoughts. Confess throughout the day as they occur. Be mindful of your own reactions. Respond with encouragement.
  4. Send a thank you note for something offered/given/done for you, even if it was a long time ago
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Bible Reading Plan


Bible Reading Plan


Chronological Plan

Click HERE to read the books of the Bible in the order that they are believed to be written.

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M'Cheyne Bible Reading Plan

Click HERE to read through the beginnings of 4 different sections of the Bible. This reading will start at the beginning of Earth, the chronological beginning, the beginning of the New Testament, and the beginning of the Church.

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Through the Bible Plan

Click HERE to read a section of the Old Testament and the New Testament each day.

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