FBC Lenten Season 2023
Greetings FBC Family,
We trust your Lenten season has started well as we Journey with Jesus to Calvary. As we focus and reflect on Jesus, members are encouraged to actively participate in several spiritual disciplines throughout these 40 days. Each week we will provide scriptures and areas of focus to use in your time of devotion. Additionally, you are encouraged to commit to making a sacrificial offering which will be presented during Holy Week. Over the past few years your commitment to the Lenten Sacrificial Offering has been a tremendous blessing to our church. We have been able to make great strides towards Capital Improvement and God has blessed us. Remember it is not equal giving but equal sacrifice! More information about Holy week to come. Grace and peace.
Sacrificial Offering Categories:
The focus on the categories will be the 40 days of lent:
A: A member commits to sacrificing and presenting $540
B: A member commits to sacrificing and presenting $440
C: A member commits to sacrificing and presenting $340
D: A member commits to sacrificing and presenting $240
F: A member commits to sacrificing and presenting $140
G: Teens 13-18 commits to a day a day and presenting $40
H: Youth 12 and under commit to a Quarter a day which equals $10
Types of Fast:
Absolute-The absolute fast is exactly what it says, absolutely nothing to eat or drink for a set amount of time. Our bodies can survive three (3) days (without harmful effects) without food. Perhaps choose from sun up to sundown or 6am to 6pm.
- Acts 9:9 KJV And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
- Ezra 10:6 KJV Then Ezra rose up from before the house of God and went into the chamber of Johanan the son of Eliashib: and when he came thither, he did eat no bread, nor drink water: for he mourned because of the transgression of them that had been carried away.
- Esther 4:16 KJV Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.
- Ex 34:28 KJV And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.
Normal- Traditionally, a regular fast means refraining from eating all food. Most people still drink water or juice during a regular fast. When Jesus fasted in the desert, the Bible says, "After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry." This verse does not mention Jesus being thirsty.
- Matt 4:2 NKJV And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry
- Luke 4:2 KJV Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.
Partial- This type of fast generally refers to omitting a specific meal from your diet or refraining from certain types of foods. Just enough food is consumed to maintain energy.
-Daniel 10:2-3 says, "At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over."
-Daniel 1:12, they restricted their diet to vegetables and water: "Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink."
Itemized- This fast is more personalized. Usually observed during the Lenten season. People with medical conditions who really cannot abstain from food or drink for a long period of time subject themselves to this fast. In short, an itemized fast given up a particular item, activity or way of life for a set period of time. Some give up entertainment such as TV or movies to concentrate on prayer.