40 Days to a Cross, 3 Days to a Crown


What is 40 Days to a Cross?

40 Days to a Cross is a congregation-wide forty-day preparation leading to the events of Holy Week, Jesus’ crucifixion, and His resurrection. In Matthew 16:24, Jesus challenged His followers to deny themselves, take up the cross, and follow Him. During these forty days, we will look at various ways we can “deny ourselves,” and as we “fast” in some area of our lives we may discover that feasting on Kingdom things becomes more central in our lives.

What to Look For

Communion Service

Wednesday March 6, 2019, 6:30 PM | Multipurpose Room 
Many Christians around the globe recognize something called “Ash Wednesday,” beginning a season of fasting and prayer in preparation for Easter. While our traditions at Salem do not include Ash Wednesday, our desire to prepare the way for a life of denying self, taking up the cross, and making disciples has us ready to spend forty days in that pursuit this spring. Join us as we start our forty-day journey at this congregation-wide communion service.

Commit to Serve

Sundays, March 10 and March 17 | Building D Lobby
One way to deny ourselves this Easter is to commit to serve in one of Salem’s ministries. Look for ministry sign-up tables on Sundays, March 10 and March 17.

Food Drive

March 17-April 21 | Building D Lobby
We will be collecting food items for Western Wake Crisis Ministries. This is a great way to practice taking up the cross of Jesus. Find a list of items at wwcm.org/holidaygiving/food-donations

Good Friday Service

Friday April 19, 6:30 PM | Multipurpose Room

In-Home Prayer Gatherings

We are encouraging everyone at Salem to invite their friends and BFG members to their homes for prayer throughout these forty days.


Teaching the word of God is a vital part of our 40 Days to a Cross emphasis. Below are the sermons from this series.