Third Sunday of Lent - "The Grace In Which We Stand"
Today is the Third Sunday of the Season of Lent.
Lent is a word that originates in the Latin word for 40. It is connected to a significant "Forty" in the Scriptures, namely, the forty days that Jesus spent in the wilderness after he was baptized and before he began his ministry.
Throughout the Scriptures, "forty" is a number that signifies preparation, testing, working through challenges, and being made ready.
During this season of Lent, we will be focusing on what it means to be prepared to follow Jesus wherever Jesus leads. And to be prepared to follow Jesus, we need to learn to Live Differently, which is the title of our Lenten sermon series.
And during this series, we will focus on The Counter-Cultural Calling of Christ—What keeps us from becoming fully alive? What is the actual cost of discipleship in our current culture? How do we live differently so that others might be drawn to Jesus?
Today we’re going to explore how living differently is possible because of grace, which leads to peace and hope.
Let me ask you a question...
2. n. courteous goodwill.
3. n. a period officially allowed for payment of a sum due or for compliance with a law or condition, especially an extended period granted as a special favor. "another three days' grace"
4. n. a short prayer of thanks before or after a meal.
"before dinner, the Reverend Newman said grace"
5. n. used as a description or address for a duke, duchess, or archbishop.
"His Grace, the Duke of Atholl"
6. n. (in Greek mythology) three beautiful goddesses (Aglaia, Thalia, and Euphrosyne) are believed to personify and bestow charm, grace, and beauty.