What is Lent? 


Lent is a 40-day period before Easter that commemorates the time Jesus spent in the wilderness being tempted by Satan before He began His public ministry. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes on Holy Saturday. There are more than 40 days because Sundays are not considered days of fasting.

The church has long regarded Lent as a season of soul searching and repentance as believers prepare for the joy and celebration of Easter.  We should reflect on the significance of Christ’s death, examine our hearts, and confess our sins. It is to be an intentional time of spiritual cleansing and renewal.

Fasting is encouraged as a part of Lent in preparing our hearts for Christ.  Fasting includes giving up food or something meaningful to us (alcohol, swearing, criticizing, social media, rage, etc).  Fasting also includes adding a spiritual disciple to our daily schedule where the time is spent in developing our relationship with Christ (solitude, silence, meditation, prayer).

Springcreek will offer daily devotionals from the staff for each day of Lent (February 14 - April 1).
Additionally, we hope you will join us for three special worship services to encourage personal reflection during Lenten season preparing us for Christ’s sacrificial death, burial, and resurrection Easter morning.

For more information, please email Associate Pastor Lee Jarrell.

Join us for these special services...


Ash Wednesday Service
Wednesday, February 14 at 7:00pm in the Main Auditorium

Ashes were applied to those desiring them at the end of the service.
 

Maundy Thursday Service
Thursday, March 29 at 7:00pm in Main Auditorium

Communion will be served.
Childcare available for children 5 yrs and under by reservation.

Good Friday Service
Friday, March 30 at 7:00pm in Main Auditorium
Childcare available for children 5 yrs and under by reservation.

Lenten Season Devotionals 2018

Posted daily Ash Wednesday through Easter. Devotionals can also be viewed on Facebook.


LENTEN DEVOTION - Wednesday, February 21

How often do we start off our day, begin a new project, or make decisions without first seeking God's will and direction? For me, sometimes, it's more often than I'd like to admit. But I don't often come to that conclusion until I'm in the midst of chaos and feel like I'm drowning.

When I first heard the song, "Oceans" (Where Feet May Fail), I was moved beyond words. It came at a time when I was in crisis. I didn't know how I was going to survive and how I could "fix" the mess. I was drowning in chaos, hurt and pain. Do you see something wrong with what was happening? I was so focused on how "I" was going to fix it and how "I" didn't want to keep going down the path I was on.

I was in the car and the song "Oceans" came on the radio. I'm sure I'd heard the lyrics many times before, but this time, it hit me. I pulled off onto the side of the road and really meditated on these words:

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

I had not let go and let God do His work and in His timing. I wasn't giving God total control of every area of my life. I totally took my eyes off of the only One who could lead me through...the only One that wouldn't give me the quick "fix" I thought I wanted, but really lead me where He wanted me to go. In Matthew 14, Jesus calls Peter out of the boat and tells Peter to have courage and not be afraid. Peter got out of the boat, but when he took his eyes off Christ, he was afraid and started to sink. He cried out for the Lord to save him. Immediately, Jesus reached out to him!

The song is a great reminder and inspiration for me to trust God with every area of my life and believe that no matter the storms and waves that come today, my faith will still stand.

- NextGen Pastor, Tammy Dickey


LENTEN DEVOTION: Tuesday, February 20

"Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him."  John 13:3-5

One amazing part of this passage is that little word: so. Jesus knew all those things and so He got up and washed the feet of His disciples. Jesus knew Who He was, Whose He was, and where He was going. And while the right hand of the Father was His ultimate destination, His next stop was essentially the cross. And yet, He took the lowliest position to wash the feet of the disciples. As believers, we must know who we are (our real selves) and Whose we are (the Beloved) if we seek to truly deny ourselves and follow Him.

- Associate Pastor Scott Harper


LENTEN DEVOTION: Monday, February 19

"Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life." John 5:24

Yesterday, we learned that God's will is often not done on earth as it is in heaven. Therefore, Jesus taught us to pray that God's will would be done on earth as it is in heaven. We learned that we have a freedom and power to choose whom we will believe and trust in. Satan would prefer we choose anyone or anything other than God.

Jesus, in this verse, tells us that we can pass from a path of judgment and death to a path of eternal life. It all hinges on our choice of whom we will believe and trust in today. Every day we choose whom we will serve. All of us have chosen poorly in the past and have suffered the painful consequences of our poor choices. All of us have suffered innocently at the hands of someone else's poor choices.

Today, choose eternal life. Choose truth. Truth will set you free. Truth is a person-Jesus Christ. Choose Jesus.
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6

As often as needed today, tell God that you are choosing to surrender your heart, your life, and your will to His care. Ask Him to reveal His loving presence, blessings, and grace to you in ways that you can recognize. He loves doing that for His children.

Prayer: Gracious Heavenly Father, I surrender my heart, my life, and my will to Your loving and caring hands. Please reveal Yourself to me so that I can recognize Your presence. Please help me to believe and trust in You and Your word every moment of this day. Amen.

- Associate Pastor Lee Jarrell


LENTEN DEVOTION: Sunday, February 18

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."  
John 3:16

Yesterday, we saw where God chose to send His Only Son to die a gruesome death as an atoning sacrifice for our sin.  God, in His mercy, did for us what we couldn't do for ourselves.  The path of salvation and redemption through a relationship with Jesus Christ is open to every human being on the planet.  

God's desire is for every person to choose to have a loving and intimate relationship with Him.  That's what we were created for in the first place.  That's our first and most important purpose of being on the earth.  It's always comforting to know our purpose of being alive.  

God gave us the freedom and power of choice (free will) allowing us to choose whom we will love and be in relationship with.  Countless people do not use their power of choice to choose God.  God's will is not done on earth as it is in heaven.  Therefore, Jesus taught us to pray that God's will would be done on earth as it is in heaven.

We can choose eternal life with God by believing.  Believing is of utmost importance to God because believing is what Adam and Eve did NOT do in the Garden of Eden. They choose to believe and put their trust in their own decision-making ability and trusted in their own discernment and wisdom.  Their first choice was to straight up disobey the direct command of God.  Not smart.

Prayer: Gracious Heavenly Father, thank You for allowing me the privilege and power of choosing whom I will believe.  I've chosen poorly so often in the past and ask for Your forgiveness.  Today, I want to seek your grace and mercy to help me choose to believe and trust only in You and Your word every moment of today.  Amen.

- Associate Pastor Lee Jarrell


LENTEN DEVOTION: Saturday, February 17

"We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away." Isaiah 64:6

Would creation ever be restored to God's original intent? Would man ever again feel comfortable in the presence of God? Yesterday, we saw where God provided the hope of redemption and salvation in spite of the results of our sinful choices.

Remember that Lent is the annual 40-day season recognized by the universal church to remember that we too have chosen like Adam and Eve. Lent is the season designed for us to recognize, acknowledge, accept, and confess the many ways we have made idolatrous and sinful choices. We face our fallen nature, our finite status, and our fouled-up decision making. We accept deeply in our hearts that in spite of our best intentions and efforts, we are still plain ole garden-variety sinners in desperate need of a Savior.

Lent is an intentional time of reflection where we are reminded that man's best work and attempts at restoring creation to the glory days of the Garden of Eden, have failed miserably. They are like a polluted garment before God. We desperately need a Savior because we cannot save ourselves.

At the end of our 40-day Lenten journey, we come face to face with Jesus Christ. He is Immanuel, God with us. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. He is the long awaited "offspring" from Eve, completely human and completely divine. He is the long-awaited Messiah, the Anointed One. He is the son of David, born of a virgin, and the only Savior worthy of, and capable of, providing salvation and forgiveness for our sin.

Prayer: Gracious Heavenly Father, thank You for providing a Savior for me, a sinner. Thank you, Jesus, that you chose to love me, in spite of me. You chose to die a vicious death with my sin on Your body, since You had no sin of Your own. Please help me to remember and ponder this infinitely transforming truth. Amen

- Associate Pastor Lee Jarrell


LENTEN DEVOTION: Friday, February 16

"The Lord God said to the serpent, 'Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel." Genesis 3:14-15

Yesterday, we saw that Adam and Eve were hiding because they had made the idolatrous choice of deciding to eat the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil in the middle of the garden of Eden.

This was an absolutely horrific choice for disobedience bears consequences. The serpent slithers on its stomach. The woman bears children in pain. The man sweats in order to eat. The earth produces thorns and thistles as well as grain and fruits. Enmity between the woman and the serpent causes the innate aversion to snakes. And death entered the world for every human will now die.

Bad choices always beget bad results. Worse yet, the bad results impact innocent people outside of the circle of guilt. The sin of one person remains a leading cause of pain and suffering in the lives of innocent bystanders.

Hope is found in that the seed of the woman (her offspring) will bruise or crush the head (or consequences) of Eden's disobedience. God shows us here the very path of redemption He will use to destroy the power and influence of the evil one.

Prayer: Gracious Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us the free gift of redemption and hope for the restoration of our relationship with You. You did for us what we could not do for ourselves. Today, allow me to remember that my choices also have consequences. Help me to choose love, mercy, forgiveness, kind words, and gratitude.

- Associate Pastor Lee Jarrell


LENTEN DEVOTION: Thursday, February 15

...the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Genesis 3:8

The finest creation of God, for whom He said was “very good,” is hiding from its creator.  The only creation of God given the special privilege of having the power of free will, the capacity to choose who and how we would love, has chosen to love himself first, not his creator. 

Once the serpent connived them into thinking God wasn’t good and didn’t want what was best for them (like the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil), we know that Adam and Eve chose to take matters into their own hands.  They put themselves in charge of deciding what was best for them and by doing so, removed Yahweh their creator, from the throne of their lives. 

And their first decision while being in charge was to eat the fruit God had forbidden them to eat.  We chose to distrust an infinite God and instead trust our finite selves. Satan smiled, they hid. How heartbreaking.  How appalling.  How insulting to their loving creator. 

How are we hiding?  How have we pretended to be OK, when inside we’re racked with guilt and riddled with shame for our choices.  Lent is the time to recognize and confess our sinful choices which have driven us to hide.  Lent is the time to come clean, seek forgiveness from our merciful God, and find the hope of redemption through our relationship with Jesus Christ.

Prayer:  Our gracious Heavenly Father, thank You for creating us perfectly. Just like Adam and Eve, I too have chosen self-preoccupation and self-obsession over self-surrender and obedience to You.  Forgive me I pray, and grant to me the knowledge of Your will, and the power to carry it out.  Amen.

- Associate Pastor Lee Jarrell


LENTEN DEVOTION: Wednesday, February 14 - Ash Wednesday

For ancient people, ashes were a part of daily life. Every home contained a fireplace for both cooking and warmth. Disposing of cold ashes was a regular chore. If death or sadness entered your house, people would often blacken their faces with ashes and weep. But why ashes? Why would people (as we see often in Scripture) be covered in sackcloth and ashes? Largely because ashes (dust) represent where we came from and to where we will return.

Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return. Genesis 3.19

All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. Ecclesiastes 3.20

So, ashes represent our frailty as human beings. Apart from God speaking and breathing life into our most basic elements, we are merely dust. The ashes are an external physical reminder of our mortality. We live and we die. No one is getting out of this life alive.

On Ash Wednesday, we receive ashes applied to our forehead to remind us that we are human - weak - limited. The ashes serve as a reminder that our life comes from God (a fact we too easily forget). So, ashes reorient our soul back to true north. God is God and we are not. He is the Potter. We are the clay. He is the Life-giver. We are merely dust. 

- Pastor Keith Stewart