Allision Bertholf and her ladies Bible study class have decided to practice the tradition of Lent this Easter season. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (March 5 of this year) and covers a period of six weeks before Easter Sunday.
While the practice of Lent is a sacred tradition among many Christians, it is not explicitly found in Scripture. However, the emphasis of Lent on prayer, repentance, and self-denial as a means of spiritual preparation is clearly connected to the teachings of Christ and his followers.
The truth is that Baptists, as a rule, don’t tend to observe Lent. This isn’t good or bad, it simply has never been a part of Baptist tradition and practice.
But that is what I love about SIBC! Because we have believers from so many evangelical backgrounds, we have the opportunity to learn from one another, and to learn about traditions and practices that can add to our own walk with Christ.
That’s why this Sunday, March 9, I have asked Allison to share with our congregation about the commitment of her class to observe Lent this Easter season. It’s a new experience for Allison, who grew up, and remains a faithful Southern Baptist. Frankly, she’s excited about it, and so are the members of her class. I’m excited about it as well. That’s why I have asked her to share.
Regardless of whether we decide to observe Lent one thing is for sure – We all need to take time to reflect on the meaning Easter, and the call of Jesus Christ to “FOLLOW ME!”
I look forward to hearing Allison, and I look forward to seeing you this Sunday at SIBC.