'Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was
called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While
they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and
Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their
hands on them and sent them off' (Acts 13:1-3).
In just shy of a month the Season of Lent will begin. Your posture toward Lent may be
enthusiastic, indifferent, or suspicious. But regardless, we can all agree that it’s appropriate to
enter periods of self-examination and repentance, and even (though it’s tough for the majority for
us Americans) to accompany such seasons with fasting of some sort.
One reason this is on my mind is because at Redemption we are entering into a season of strategic congregational planning. As this process has begun, I have been struck by the context in which the Spirit gave the believers at Antioch a strategic missionary plan: namely, amidst the
fasting and worship of the church.
So, whether to you the upcoming season is Lent, or merely the weeks before Easter, would you consider entering a season together of focused worship and prayer in various settings as our sites both in Palos and Hinsdale continue to rely on God’s guidance for strategic ministry planning? We have good reason to trust that as we rely on the Lord asking for good things, that he will answer favorably.