2020 Season of Sacrifice and Spiritual Renewal

SJC SEASON OF SACRIFICE & SPIRITUAL RENEWAL

Join us in the St. John Church Unleashed Season of Sacrifice & Spiritual Renewal (SSSR) which will includes daily 6:00 AM Prayer Call,  21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, Prayer Kickoff, Spiritual Renewal Sessions, Prayer Gathering – leading in to Holy Week and Resurrection Sunday! We seek spiritual renewal, insight and guidance in areas of spiritual discipline, personal development, family, church, community and more.

Click to download SJC 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting Guide

Important Dates:

  • Daily 6:00 AM Prayer Call Begins Wed. Mar. 18 –  Ends Fri. Apr. 10 (Good Friday)
  • 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting Begin Wed. Mar. 18 – End Fri. Apr. 10 (Good Friday)
  • Prayer Kickoff – Wed. Mar 18,  12:00 Noon & 7:00 PM at Grand Prairie Campus
  • Prayer & Spiritual Renewal Classes, Tue. Mar. 24, 7 PM SL and Wed. Mar. 25, 7 PM GP
  • Prayer Gathering – Tue. Apr. 3 at 7p SL & Wed. Apr. 4 at 7p GP

4 COMPONENTS: Download SSSR 2020 Prayer Guide 

1. Personal Quiet Time – Plan to set aside time to spend with God everyday and be consistent! Pray more regularly, meditate, recite devotionals, and read Scripture.

2. Church-wide Prayer Call – The 6:00 am daily (Sunday-Saturday) Prayer Call begins Wednesday, March 18.

CALL-IN NUMBER: 530-881-1212 / MEETING ID: 291-359-153#

3. Personal Sacrifice: – choose your own such that in your suffering you are constantly reminded of the power and presence of God in your life. Personal sacrifice/fast should be 21 days, not including Sunday (optional) beginning March 18 and ending April 10 (Good Friday).

4. Church-wide Sacrifice:

  • Monday – Meatless Monday – No eating meat, except for the meat of the Word.
  • Tuesday – Turn-off Tuesday – Unplug for at least 3 hours while awake and tap into the power of God. No TV, cell phones, computer, electronics, etc
  • Wednesday – Withhold Wednesday – No non-essential spending of money. Instead spend time in prayer and in God’s Word.
  • Thursday – Thirsty Thursday – No food. Water only (if medically able) from 6a-12noon. During this time develop a hunger and thirst for God’s Word.
  • Friday – Family Friday – Unplug and spend time with family and friends. Pray, play board games, walk in the park, etc.
  • Saturday – Saving Saturday – No non-essential spending of money. Instead spend time serving others and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Sunday – Sabbath Sunday – Day of worship. Join us for worship at one of services 7a, 9a, 11a at GP and 10a at SL

FASTING

Fasting is a spiritual discipline where the practitioner desires to hear from God.  The practice of fasting is mentioned numerous times in the Bible as a reaction to various circumstances.  We see from the biblical examples that fasting should be used as a means to humble ourselves before God and seek His forgiveness, comfort, help, guidance, strength and His will. Fasting allows us to draw closer to God.

The Bible also gives instructions about the attitude and approach we should have in fasting. Jesus warned about hypocritical fasting, trying to show off or make others feel sorry for us (Matthew 6:16-17). Instead we should not “appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place” (verse 18). Isaiah also contrasts selfish fasting with godly fasting marked by care and concern for others (Isaiah 58:3-10).  Fasting was an act of repentance, as when the king of Nineveh ordered a fast after the preaching of Jonah (Jonah 3:5-9).  Fasting was also a reaction to intense grief, as when the bones of Saul and his sons were buried (1 Samuel 31:13). We also find people fasting when God’s deliverance was needed, as when Jehoshaphat was approached by a large invading army (2 Chronicles 20:3).

“Fasting” as it’s practiced by Christians during Lent implies abstention from certain foods, actions, or activities (technology, sporting events, etc).  The Lenten fast entails a general spirit of repentance and piety that might distinguish it from other periods of the year.

The choice to observe Lent is a personal one—the whole point is to focus your heart and mind on the sacrifice made by Jesus, and if you do be prepared for a level of intimacy with God you have never known!

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