1 Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off. (Acts 13:1 – 3, New International Version)
Theme: The Local Church
Thanks for all your helpful comments during our review of prayer! Today, we turn to the Discipline of Fasting. The attitude of local churches towards this discipline varies significantly. We recognize and respect that not all local churches view this discipline as a priority. However, in our 40-day journey we consider fasting a valuable Discipline. We will again begin by considering some questions about the role of fasting in your local church.
Please note that tomorrow, we will continue our tradition of engaging jointly in a day of fasting.
- Does your local church teach biblical principles about fasting?
- If fasting is encouraged, is corporate fasting ever organized?
- If fasting is not encouraged, is there an explanation for why it isn’t?
- Are the leaders of your church committed to fasting in their personal lives?
As mentioned in the context we are respectful of different views and our aim is not to criticize churches. Instead of commenting on a particular church, we would love to hear your personal views on local churches fasting together. All views are truly welcomed.