The World, The Flesh and the Devil
Fridays in March, beginning March 10
It has become our custom at Ascension to host a dinner teaching series during Lent. We have an excellent subject and a very exciting line up of speakers! We will enjoy a buffet dinner in the parish hall, catered by Denise Bozich. Suggested donations for the dinner are as follows: $7/adult, $3/child, $20 family maximum. The dinner series is an all family event. While adults enjoy the talks, there will be childcare and programming for children that follows the same theme. There will also be a program for the youth. We hope you will plan on coming!
The program each Friday evening is as follows:
6:30 Dinner (Buffet opens at 6:20pm for early birds!)
7:30 Teaching (45 Minutes)
8:15 Q & A
The Great Litany from the Book of Common Prayer reads, “From all the deceits of the world, the flesh, and the devil, Good Lord, deliver us.” The world, the flesh, and the devil have often been described as the three enemies of the soul. Peter Abelard referred to this unholy trinity, “There are three things which tempt us, the flesh, the world, and the devil.” Thomas Aquinas in his great work, the Summa Theologica, referred to the same triumvirate as did John of the Cross who cites the world, the flesh, and the devil as threats to the perfection of the soul. Ephesians 2:2 – 3a outlines this threefold struggle: “You once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience — among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh.”
If there are enemies of the soul, are there also friends? Yes, indeed! The Spiritual Disciplines are those practices that develop our inner being, that lead us along pathways of inner holiness. They are used by God to draw us into closeness and conformity to Christy. The Spiritual Disciplines – those practices like prayer and fasting and worship – equip us in our battle with the World, the Flesh and the Devil. In our Lenten Dinner Series this year we will be taking a look at each of these enemies of the soul and specific Spiritual Disciplines that will equip us to live in a God-pleasing way.
Friday, March 10 – The World
Speakers: The Rt. Rev. Jim Hobby and the Rev. Shari Hobby
We war with a culture and society that oppose and rebel against God, indicated by such things as materialism, naturalism, the desire for instant gratification. The corporate disciplines of confession, worship and celebration form our identity as those who follow Jesus.
Friday, March 17 – The Flesh
Speaker: The Rev. Geoff Chapman
We war with the self, with our fallen nature. We have a bent toward sin, an internal resistance that leads us to disobey God. The disciplines of simplicity, solitude, submission, service and Sabbath keeping equip us in this war and enable growth in godly living.
Friday, March 24 – The Devil
Speaker: The Rev. Mike Wurschmidt
We war with the devil. The scriptures picture Satan as a roaring lion, the prince of the power of the air, as our adversary, one who lies and murders and seeks to devour, who causes believers to live fruitless lives of compromised influence. As we engage in spiritual warfare through the power of the Spirit, the inward disciplines of prayer, fasting and scripture study equip us for battle in the realm of the spirit.
Friday, March 31 – Constructing a Rule of Life
Speaker: The Rev. Ann Paton
On our final evening, we will consider how to ‘land this plane’ in each of our lives. A Rule of Life is an intentional pattern of spiritual disciplines that provides structure and direction for growth in holiness. It can be thought of as a “Rhythm of Life”, a “Curriculum in Christlikeness” (Dallas Willard), or as a “Game Plan for Morphing” (John Ortberg). As we confront the challenges of the World, the Flesh and the Devil, a Rule of Life will give us guidance in our journey and equip us for godly living.