March 28 - April 2
All Church Fast
If there's one thing that we have learned from the last year of life on earth, it's that we are desperately and hopelessly in need of God's presence. We don't function properly without it. And we don't carry the name of Jesus in a compelling way without it. We need God.
He gives us the gift of his presence and invites us to experience his presence in increasing measure through the humble act of submission to him.
It transforms us and shapes us to look more like Jesus in character, mindset and behavior. Back to the original statement, we need God.
Three passages that are shaping our fast:
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We share those passages because we want you to see the desperate need for God that starts in the Psalms, the offer of God's presence that Jesus shares in John 15 and then the realization of God's presence by Paul in 2 Corinthians 4.
If you are already a Christian and you already have God's presence, why should you hunger or thirst for it? Jesus said Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. —Matthew 5:6
The reality is that even as earthly vessels (jars of clay) that contain the very presence of God, we live in varying degrees of submission to his presence in out lives. That's why Paul can say to the Galatians "so I say walk by the Spirit..." He is still urging in the church to increasingly align their lives to the leadership of the Spirit.
By choosing to participate in the fast, you are declaring your desire for God's presence.
Dallas Willard says that "fasting is feasting on God's presence" and he describes it as "God directly nourishing us."
We are learning that food is not the thing that we need most, rather, it is God. When we hunger and thirst for righteousness, we will be satisfied. We are shaping our life for a specific period around the pursuit of God's presence asking him to nourish us because, yes, .
How does it work?
You choose to go without food for 1, 3 or 5 days. It's your choice, but our recommendation is that you choose intentionally. Perhaps you've never fasted, a 1 day fast is a great starting point. Have you never done 3 days before? What a time step out in faith! Or join for 5 days and experience a deep hunger that reminds us of our deep need for God's nourishment.
when will it happen?
5 Day Fast — beginning at sundown on Sunday, March 28th and finishing with our meal together on Friday, April 2nd.
3 Day Fast — beginning at sundown on Tuesday, March 30th and finishing with our meal together on Friday, April 2nd.
1 Day Fast — beginning at sundown on Thursday, April 1st and finishing with our meal together on Friday, April 2nd.
Fasting is a developed spiritual discipline and your capacity to fast grows with each time you enter a fast. If you are new to fasting and you are deciding to join us OR if you have physical limitations that would prevent you from doing any extended fasting, we encourage you to use the 1 day fast. The 3 day and 5 day are opportunities to stretch yourself and engage in a discipline to pursue God's presence.
Each of those nights, we will gather together as a church for a time of prayer at 6pm (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday) to seek God together.
breaking the fast together
On Friday, April 2nd we will be hosting a Good Friday gathering where we will worship Jesus, reflect on the significance of the cross and break our fast together. We love the combination of celebrating the work of Jesus that made God's presence available to us with the breaking of the fast and eating to celebrate and satisfy our hunger. We hope that you will be able to join us as this will be a significant time together.
5 Day Fast
Mar 28th - Apr 2nd
Follow this track if you are joining for the 5-day fast.
When & Where: 3/28 @ 6pm at the Tent
3 Day Fast
Mar 30th - Apr 2nd
Follow this track if you are joining for the 3-day fast.
Where & When: 3/30 @ 6pm on Zoom
Meeting ID: 880 9029 2459
1 Day Fast
Apr 1st - 2nd
Follow this track if you are joining for the 1-day fast.
When & Where: 4/1 @ 6pm at the Tent
Preparation for Good Friday gathering / Breaking the Fast.
When & Where: 4/2 @ 6pm at the Tent