While some of the sins in our lives are clearly ugly and destructive, others are more subtle, creeping up on us when our lives seem perfectly happy and content. We may run from them, hide from them, and disregard them, but even in the subtle mainstays of life, those sins and their consequences still remain. A result of our human fallen-ness is that we have some manifestations of sin that prove to be attractive to us, especially when we think we can get away with them. The deceptiveness of evil in this world means that sin’s main attractions and lures are not always blatantly ugly and repulsive, but are often very attractive on the surface!
As we move through this season of Lent and focus upon our preaching, all of us will be challenged to consider whether we have bought into this alluring world of “fallen” beauty. As we look inward toward our own hearts, we pray that this Lenten journey will compel us to the conviction at the foot of an empty cross, the celebration of an empty tomb, and the resurrected Jesus, offering God’s forgiveness to us no matter where we are in our lives, while working to make us better for God’s sake and not our own.
We invite you to join us on this incredible Lenten journey of introspection, self-reflection, and inner prayer, and travel with us from the Lenten invitation of ashes to the profound glory of the risen Christ!
Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Mark M. Norman Vickers
Pastor Mark will deliver this sermon series at St. Timothy’s UMC while Pastor Mike and Pastor Louis deliver this series at Christ Church. St. Timothy’s is located in Jamestown at the corner of Bridford Parkway and Hilltop Road. To hear these sermons or any of our previous messages, please visit christgreensboro.org/sermons.