Lent and Easter

Life After Suffering
Feb. 21, 2021 – April 4, 2021

Lent: a season of repentance, fasting, and reflection. But honestly? This whole year has already felt like one long Lent. This year, we will look carefully for the signs of joy, hope, and new life emerging from the traditional texts, and just this once to get ahead of ourselves as we anticipate Easter and resurrection.

Message line-up:

Dead or Alive?
Pastor Scott Austin
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There is no better foundation for our endeavor to find life in the midst of our suffering than the idea that Christ himself suffered for all, that even in death, every person could be made alive in spirit. And although our circumstances are beyond our control, making a godly response to them is something we can all work toward.

1 Peter 3:18–22, Genesis 9:8–17, Mark 1:9–15
Rebuking the Suffering
Pastor Scott Austin

When Jesus began to speak openly about the suffering he would endure, one of his followers rebuked him. But Jesus told him in no uncertain terms that suffering would be part of the bargain: not just for Jesus, but for anyone who would follow him.

Mark 8:31–38
Destroy Your Temple, and Raise it Up Again
Pastor Scott Austin

Jesus's ministry upset many people, especially those who were deeply invested in the religious and economic status quo. When they challenged him, he predicted his own death—and foreshadowed the destruction of the temple. Would we be willing to tear down our own temples if we knew we could raise them up to something new?

John 2:13–22, 1 Corinthians 1:18–25
A Community of Healing
Dr. Kristen Brown

These are not unprecedented times. How the church has responded throughout time can help us understand the role we have to play in the world today.

Numbers 21:4-9, John 3:14-21
A New Day For All
Pastor Scott Austin
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The prophet Jeremiah proclaims God’s promise to the people of a new covenant. This powerful word of hope can take on deeper meaning for us as we anticipate better days ahead.

Jeremiah 31:31-34, John 12:20-33
Praise Without Understanding
Pastor Scott Austin

The sophisticated take on the Palm Sunday crowd in Jerusalem is that they were cheering the wrong type of king, that they were fickle and misinformed. But let’s not let our sophistication prevent us from offering our heartfelt praise.

John 12:12-16
Easter: Fragile Vessels, Priceless Treasures
Pastor Scott Austin

Knowing about God’s resurrecting power is like having a “treasure in clay jars”: a priceless truth that is held in a fragile vessel. It is true of us, too: we are fragile, especially after the year we’ve had—but we are priceless to God.

2 Corinthians 4:7–12, 16–18

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