Greetings PBCC Church Family! We pray that you were encouraged by the livestream services the past two Sundays and hope to provide more words of encouragement during the week. To this end, we will have different pastors share daily in this space. Let’s navigate these unprecedented circumstances together as a family.
“He loved me and gave himself for me” (Gal 2:20).
This is one of my favorite verses in the entire Bible. As I have been reflecting on the amount of sacrificing we are making right now as a society, how appropriate that this is happening during Lent? As Evangelicals, we don’t always emphasize the church calendar as much as other streams of the faith. However, Lent can be a valuable time to return our focus to the cross and Christ’s sacrifice for us. We, in turn, sacrifice things in order to imprint the cross and the way of Jesus into our lives. In other words, Lent encourages us to “imitate Christ,” as Bernard so helpfully pointed out yesterday, by inviting sacrificial acts into our lives. In a culture characterized by self-absorption, we remember that “he loved us and gave himself for us,” and we aim to imitate his way of life before a watching world. May his face shine upon you this week, Shawn