I hope you all are off to a good start to passion week. As we look toward Good Friday and Resurrection Day, our thoughts and emotions can be taken to necessary places in our faith. I encourage all of us to slow down as much as we can this week and read the story of Jesus’s trial, sentencing, death, and resurrection once more. I am so looking forward to being together again on Easter Sunday.
This last week we wrapped up our series on 1 John. As I stated in our LVC group chat, I believe this was a needed journey for our church. Though there are many challenges personally and corporately as we read, there is so much life in the pages of 1 John. Let’s hold on to the things the Lord taught us and keep returning to that secret place of prayer. It is only from that place that we grow in the different areas of our walk with Christ.
Deepening Our Roots in Prayer
As a take away from our series and from last Sunday I would like to invite each of us into new practices or old practices of prayer that need to be rekindled. Here are a couple questions to guide that process.
- How is my prayer life these days? Am I satisfied with the time an quality of my prayer life?
- What ways am I praying with other believers and are there ways this could be strengthened?
- What is God saying to me lately? How I responding?
- Is there anyone in my life God may be asking me to pray with on a regular or semi-regular basis?
I encourage you all to send out invitations to friends, neighbors, and family for our Easter Sunday service. We have an opportunity to invite others at a unique time of year into the resurrecting power of Jesus. Today or tomorrow I will be putting an invitation on the LVC Facebook page. Be sure to pass that along once it is up as a way to invite others.
Praying and listening with you this week,
John D. Trotter
Senior Pastor, Liberty Vineyard Church
Sunday’s sermon: The King, Kingdom Life, and Kingdom Prayer (Pastor John Trotter)