Monday, February 13, 2012

"Ladder to God" Sermon Series

On February 12, Dr. Bruce Spear began a new sermon series, entitled "A Ladder to God." For six weeks, ending March 25,  he will be teaching from 2 Peter 1:3-10, covering the eight qualities Christians must strive to achieve, in increasing measure, if they desire to be transformed into the image of Christ, dwell at the center of God's love, and "participate in the divine nature."

According to Dr. Spear, "God's call for Christians to be spiritually transformed appears throughout the Bible. Being a Christian," he said, "is about more than being saved. God created us to be in a loving relationship with him, to know him intimately and learn to hear his voice. We get there by meeting and walking with Jesus, letting him teach us and change us."

The apostle Peter, who learned many hard lessons from Jesus, spells out a clear path, a ladder with eight rungs, that can lead to this loving relationship with a God whose heart's desire is for us to love him and receive his love. Building on the foundation of faith, Peter calls us to add goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love.

You are invited to join us for this not-to-be-missed series. For more information on spiritual formation, click here. To hear previous sermons in this series, click here.

Ash Wednesday Service ushers in season of Lent

On Wednesday, February 22, we began the season of Lent, a 40-day period of preparation leading up to Easter, which comes on April 8. Christian tradition calls for marking this first day of Lent with ashes on our foreheads – to remind us that we are dust, and to dust we will return. In other words, we are reminded of our mortality and the deep need for repentance. Many attended the service and went away "showing their ashes."

During Lent, we are called to fasting, moderation and spiritual discipline as we prepare our hearts to celebrate what Christ accomplished for us through his death and resurrection.

As you observe this long-standing Christian tradition, you might want to pick up a daily Lenten devotional book by C.S. Lewis. They're available in the narthex. And check out the weekly Lenten devotional blog by Pat Russell as she reflects on each of the sermons in Pastor Bruce's new series, A Ladder to God. To see the blog, click here.

Family Movie Night at EPC
On Saturday night, February 25, several families showed up to enjoy Rio, a funny, animated movie with a great soundtrack by the creators of Ice Age.

EPC is a place for families to learn, grow AND HAVE FUN together. Family is an important part of what we mean when we talk about authentic community, one of our three main guiding philosophies. For more on authentic community click here.