2016 Lenten Devotional Booklet

The theme for this 2016 Lenten Devotional booklet is “The Decision to Follow Christ.”

The theme was chosen to go along with the Smyrna First UMC Lenten sermon series. The sermons will be based on the book, “6 Decisions That Will Change Your Life” by Tom Berlin. Each sermon will focus on an action verb that relates to the decisions we make in our walk with Christ:

  1. The Decision to Follow
  2. The Decision for a New Life (Engage)
  3. The Decision to Mature
  4. The Decision to Respond
  5. The Decision to Persevere
  6. The Decision to Surrender

Everyone’s journey with Christ is different and personal, but the goal is the same: to draw closer to God. There are many accounts in the Bible which record decisions to follow Christ.

In Luke 9:57 we can read the words of an unknown man who     approached Jesus as He and his disciples were walking along the road. The man simply said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Only a few words, but the most important decision of this man’s life!

These daily devotions have been written to encourage you during this time of Lent, as we reflect on our faith in God and remember our calling to follow Christ’s example of complete faith in God.

You may download the entire booklet as a PDF or visit this site daily for a new devotion every day during Lent.

Six Decisions That Will Change Your Life

We go through life spending much of our time making decisions: college, graduate school, marriage, children, careers, where to live, retirement… the list seems endless.

Yet as I look back over my life, I have to ask myself what decisions have I made that have had the greatest impact? The answer to this question has become the basis of our sermon series for Lent entitled Six Decisions That Will Change Your Life. Each week Pastor Whit and I will focus on a decision that you and I will have to make in our lives that will leave a lasting impact on us, as well as all of those that we come into contact with each day.

Our series begins this Sunday, and Pastor Whit and I hope that you will not only make being in worship during Lent the highest priority, but that you will also make it a priority to bring a friend or neighbor with you.

I also want to invite you to attend our Ash Wednesday service next Wednesday, February 10, in the sanctuary at 6:45 PM. And please also make plans to attend our Lenten Luncheon series that begins next Thursday, February 11. We will be blessed to have as our speaker our own Rev. Barbara Hatchell. Lunch begins at 11:30 AM, and the service will begin at 12:00 Noon.

Because He first loved us,
Steve