Trinity Church
The Ascetic - February 21
Join Marvin Williams, Jr. this weekend as he preaches the seventh week of our Connection series. This week is about how those with an Ascetic temperament connect with God through simplicity, solitude, fasting, and prayer. This sermon will encourage and equip every believer to connect with God in the midst of their wilderness season.
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    3355 Dunckel Rd, Lansing, MI 48911, USA
    Sunday 9:15 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM

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Ascetic: Those who choose to give up an extravagant lifestyle to limit the distractions that may hinder them from connecting with God.


Solitude: Intentional time spent alone with God.


Simplicity: Reducing the extravagance of life in order to connect with God more.
Biblical Examples

- The People of Israel: Exodus 6:31; Deuteronomy 29:5

- Daniel: Daniel 1:8, 9:3, 10:2-3

- John the Baptist: Matthew 3:4; Luke 1:8-17, 80

- Jesus Christ: Matthew 4:1-2; Mark 1:35
Big Idea: Not every Christian has an ascetic temperament, but every Christian (who is led by the Spirit) will have an ascetic season.
What to Do in the Wilderness:
1. Affections over Actions
What to Do in the Wilderness:
1. Affections over Actions
2. Give Yourself Grace
3. Embrace Fasting and Prayer
What to Do in the Wilderness:
1. Affections over Actions
2. Give Yourself Grace
3. Embrace Fasting and Prayer
4. Balance Your Strictness
5. Wilderness Warfare: 1 Peter 5:8; Matthew 4:4
IN YOUR GROUP Questions

1. Is there a place that you intentionally spend time with God in solitude?

2. How can you simplify your lifestyle in order to connect with God more?

3. Are you in an Ascetic Season? If so, what are some action steps for you to navigate this season faithfully?

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