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FASTING RESOURCES

FASTING RESOURCES

January 21st - February 11th 

We're joining together as a church for a 21 day fast as we step into 2024 together.

We'll end the fast together with our annual chili cook-off on February 11th!

Wednesdays in the Word

Wednesdays | 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Hop on Zoom for a small group discussion and Bible study led by Pastor Kurt covering different topics throughout the fast.

Week 1: Prayer (How to talk with God)
Week 2: Worship (How to give to God)
Week 3: Scripture (How to know God).

Corporate Prayer & Worship Times

Sundays (Overflow) |  6-7 PM | Great Oaks
Tuesdays | 7 - 8:30 PM | Great Oaks
Wednesdays (Noon Prayer) | Noon | Great Oaks

Fast Calendar

What Fasting IS:

Fasting is the voluntary abstention from food (or some other desired object or activity). The purposes of fasting include:
 

  • To subdue the flesh.

    • "So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world." Colossians 3:5 NLT

  • To better prepare us for prayer and holy meditation

    • Paul and Barnabas also appointed elders in every church. With prayer and fasting, they turned the elders over to the care of the Lord, in whom they had put their trust. "Acts 14:23"

  • To give evidence of humbling ourselves before God, when we would confess our guilt before him and seek his face.

    • "On the day Jonah entered the city, he shouted to the crowds: “Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!” The people of Nineveh believed God’s message, and from the greatest to the least, they declared a fast and put on burlap to show their sorrow." Jonah 3:4–5 NLT

What Fasting is NOT:

  • The purpose of fasting does not include earning bonus points with God. In Isaiah 58 (which is very well worth reading in its entirety) we read:

    • ‘We have fasted before you!’ they say. ‘Why aren’t you impressed? We have been very hard on ourselves, and you don’t even notice it!’ Isaiah 58:3

  • Fasting, in this context, is also not for health or weight control purposes. Any health or weight-control benefit you experience is purely incidental to the purposes of fasting as a spiritual discipline.

  • Fasting isn’t necessarily abstention from food. It can be from other things that are hindering your fellowship with God. Things like:  social media, the internet generally, entertainment media, shopping, news/politics, sports, overwork, etc. You might also want to consider limiting or even eliminating your consumption of these things.

Types of Fasts

Fasting isn’t necessarily or exclusively abstention from food. It can be from other things
that are not necessarily sinful (except to the extent they end up displacing God as the
center of our affections) but that are hindering your fellowship with God. Things like:
social media, the internet generally, entertainment media, recreational shopping,
news/politics, sportsball, overwork, etc. You might also want to consider limiting or even
eliminating your consumption of some of these things.

Water Fast

Limited to only water.

Daily Devo | YouVersion* Bible Plan

"Open My Eyes: A 21-Day Fasting Devotional from Jentezen Franklin"

Join our church going through a daily devotional together for the duration of this 21 day fast.

*YouVersion: An online and mobile Bible platform published for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and many other operating platforms

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