by Ty Faulk, NCCS Upper School Bible Teacher
As an interdenominational school, North Cobb Christian School represents a wonderfully diverse mix of Christian traditions and denominations. For many of our students, Wednesday, 2/17/21, marked the beginning of a very special season of reflection and preparation called Lent, which commences on Ash Wednesday and lasts until Easter. This period of time is integral to the rhythms of the traditional church calendar (AKA, the Liturgical Year, which has four major periods: Lent, Easter, Advent, and Christmas).
In writing this, we simply want to help spread awareness of and appreciation for the beautiful diversity of faiths within our school family. We also want to invite you to participate with us in this intentional time of growth and spiritual reflection. To support you in this invitation, we have included some resources below, so you can participate with your family.
What is the meaning of Lent?
To put it simply, Lent, meaning “spring season” in Latin, is a time of intentional fasting (giving something up) to focus on our need for God and the cross of Jesus, so we can more greatly experience the celebration of the Resurrection (Easter). The Advent season focuses on waiting for Jesus, Christmas on the birth of Jesus, Lent on the cross of Jesus, and Easter on the resurrection of Jesus.
Who celebrates Lent?
At NCCS, some of our families practice Lent and others may not. Families that are Roman Catholic, Methodist, Anglican, Presbyterian, or Episcopal are more likely to practice Lent, but there is also a movement within many other denominations to be more intentional about the church calendar.
How do you celebrate Lent?
Below, we want to equip you with some resources (an article, a book, a devotional, and a playlist) to assist you in understanding the practice, help you lead your family in this time, and maybe even practice yourself! I hope these resources are beneficial as you and your family grow in Christ.
Why Bother With Lent?
An article on five reasons Bible-believing gospel-centered Christians can benefit from the practice of Lent.
The Good of Giving Up: Discovering the Freedom of Lent - Aaron Damiani
A book written about practicing Lent intentionally from a gospel-centered perspective.
Journey to the Cross: A 40-Day Lenten Devotional - Paul David Tripp
A Lenten devotional meant to point you towards the meaning of the Lenten season, which is meditation towards the cross.
Trinity Music - Lent Spotify Playlist
A playlist focused on worship music that focuses on our need for God and the cross.