I'm finishing up my Sermon on the Mount series on Lent 1A, so I won't actually begin a Lenten series until March 20.
This year, I'm going to be focusing on the Gospel texts, and frame our lenten journey in terms of "Encounters with Jesus." Each text (at least up until Palm Sunday) deals with a different person who was changed when they met Jesus.
This will be a relief to me, as I'm much more at home with narratives and storytelling... prior to the SOTM series, I preached a series on the Twelve Prophets... so I'm definitely ready to return to some narrative!
I'll carry on with a theme that I'll begin this week - that it's not enough to simply know the beliefs and doctrines... we must be changed by Christ.
Somewhere along the way, I'm going to play with a word game on the spelling of altar and alter... i.e., the altar is where we come to get altered.
Anyway... this first week I'll choose the John text... the passage on Nicodemus - John 3:1-17.
What are some of the life transformations that are evident in this narrative?