Starting February 18th, we will be joining the historic traditions of the church by celebrating Lent together. We are asking our church to fast and pray together during the weeks leading up to Easter (April 5th).
Fasting can look different for each person. It might be food, media, Facebook, a habit or something that has a draw on your life in order to make space for God to speak to us. We are encouraging each Bridge Group to fast on the day they meet and to "break" the fast by celebrating together and sharing what God is teaching them.
So join us. Join us as we pray for City Heights. Join us as we ask God to work in and through us to seek the renewal of our city!
Week 1: Adoration (Feb. 18-25)
In Lk. 11:2, Jesus says pray, "Our Father, hallowed be thy name." This week, spend some time adoring your heavenly Father who is always good all the time and always responds to your prayers with what is best for you, His child. Moreover, as you enjoy the good gifts of your Father, may you, as C.S. Lewis said, " make every pleasure into a channel of adoration....[May your] mind run back up the sunbeam to the sun.”
One way you can adore God this week is by praising him for the marvelous things that He has brought to pass, things planned long ago (Is. 25). Specifically, praise Him for the Engage Forum, where our church took steps toward crossing the racial divide that separates our country, and pray for our upcoming Engage Forum with Dr. Amy Sherman that we would more effectively take our Sundays into our Mondays as a result of our time with Dr. Sherman.
Week 2: Confession (Feb. 25 - Mar. 4)
James 5:16 says, "Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed." Take some time this week to confess your sins to your Bridge Group or spouse or close friend so that you may be healed.
Also take some time to confess our need for Jesus to fill Bridge Church with His Spirit in such a way that empowers us to love our neighbors in word and deed so that they would come to know the inexpressible and glorious joy of Christ. Pray for one neighbor (i.e. colleague, friend, physical neighbor) by name and ask Jesus how he wants you to serve and love them.
Week 3: Thanksgiving (Gospel) (Mar. 4 - Mar. 11)
In Col. 1:12-14, Paul calls us to give "joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified [us]f] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."
Rejoice with us that 14 adults have been rescued from the dominion of darkness and brought into the kingdom of light. Pray for 80 adults to experience Christ's rescue this year in and through Bridge. Pray for one thing that you could do that would enable one of your friends to be exposed to the gospel.
Week 4: Supplication (Mar. 11 - Mar. 18)
In Mt. 6:11, Jesus calls us calls us to pray this way: "Father, give us this day our daily bread." Pray for fresh manna, for a fresh outpouring of His Holy Spirit for all of your God-given responsibilities. Pray for daily bread for our ministry partners seeking the social renewal of City Heights and San Diego/Tijuana:
TYPES OF FASTS
From: CHURCH OF THE HIGHLANDS
This fast calls for drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, or bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
This fast is sometimes called the Jewish Fast and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.
This fast is common for those who do not have much experience fasting food, who have health issues that prevent them from fasting food, or who wish to refocus certain areas of their life that are out of balance. For instance, someone might select to abstain from using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast, and then choose to carefully bring that element back into their life in an orderly fashion at the conclusion of the fast.