The Walk of the Cross
Christian Discipleship: Dying to Self
The “Walk of the Cross” is a Lenten study designed to help Christians search their hearts and souls as well as rededicate themselves to be faithful Disciples of Christ. It is a daily devotional which examines fundamental Biblical beliefs in context with several scriptures each day. Daily readings are followed by questions for reflection and journaling. Jesus used this method of rabbinic teaching when he asked questions of His disciples such as “Who do you say (believe) I am?”, “Why do you call me good?”, or “To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God?”. Journaling, scripture reading, and Spirit-led prayers form the foundation of this personal study as we consider what we really believe concerning issues such as God’s calling, grace, salvation, sanctification, and regeneration. The process allows the Holy Spirit to confront false beliefs as well as alleviate areas of doubt in our faith.
As for those that may be asking what difference it makes how one believes, professionals have long known that our beliefs, especially those concerning morals, ethics, and religion control how we think, feel and behave. Our beliefs do this by coming together to form attitudes and prejudices concerning who we are and the world around us. Because our belief systems work with a high degree of automation, they can be easily influenced and even corrupted by the culture of the world. Therefore, we should always actively consider what and how we believe under the guidance of the Spirit.
Christians have traditionally used the forty days prior to Easter, known as Lent, as a time to rededicate ourselves to the imitation of Christ. Some of us abstain from pleasurable things such as chocolate or TV in an attempt to purify ourselves from worldly desires. Others prefer to add some additional religious aspect to our lives like a Lenten devotional, additional prayer time, or some worthy church social function. Whether we abstain or add, there is a conscious effort to revive our Christian discipleship by identifying with Christ’s teaching and journey of passion for our salvation. Doing these activities in small groups makes this also a time to renew fellowship within church.