Following Christ has never been easy. The world always presents a challenge to our beliefs and our actions.
From the very beginning, Christians have chosen to live and work, worship and behave in ways that the world did not always appreciate.
Sometimes that leads to violence and death (even today).
But to live as a Christian has always meant more than simply exist or get along in the swirling cultures of the world. Other times the cultures surrounding us adopted our values and morals and seemed to support our beliefs.
Living as a Christian means to intentionally consider and put into practice God’s point of view of our world and not be content with our own …or the world’s.
We are living in a time when much has changed around us. We are challenged to step up our prayer, to live deeper in grace and to offer love even when we may not feel like offering love.
Heart and Soul:
Within us there is a need to affirm daily where our spiritual compass points. We must take time to center ourselves regularly in the love and forgiveness of Christ.
As Christ welcomed everyone, so to we seek to welcome others because of the loving gratitude God has place in our hearts.
Repentance and forgiveness is a major part of our worldview. We continually examine our own lives for unloving behaviors and destructive attitudes.
We speak of them honestly before God (confession) and we accept God’s forgiveness.
We offer the same to others with the same unconditional love we received. We know we all have fallen short but are given a way to overcome all that is before us.
We seek to live out those values of grace, love, forgiveness and joy with those who live closest to us.
We know that the home is the forge of morality and wholeness that will guide and effect us our whole life long. We want to make sure the family is strong, that it prayer and worships together regularly, and that we constantly express thanksgiving for all that God has done for us in Christ.
We consider carefully the kind of entertainment and recreational activities we engage in with our friends and family.
We know that some of it build us up, (like a regular family night together), some of it is benign, and some wounds our soul and damages our heart and bodies.
We need to be wise and careful as we judge what values we are absorbing and how much time we give them.
Do they build us up? Or do they make us insensitive and fearful? What we take into our heart will change us.
Work and world:
As we move in our world, go to work, study at school, do our shopping and errands, we live in the body of Christ.
Our faith is not left on the doorstep of Sunday worship. Our day by day actions reflect our deepest values.
Our faith is shown in how we treat our co-workers, our friends, those who share the road with us, who shop and/or live next to us, …how we treat everyone around us.
Christ is calling us to be more holy every day, to grow in trust, love and charity, to live a life of hope, joy and peace.
We are intentional Christians 24/7/365.
“Church” is where we gather as the “new” family of Christ to help us live out our faith. It’s a family that has been living and growing for over 2000 years.
There we thank God together, sing praises together, study God’s word together and organize to care for each other.
We care for our children there, care for the poor and homeless, and care for the many people from all the wonderful cultures of the world as Christ cares for us.
Most of all, we grow as disciples of Jesus Christ, changing the world.
Our mission is: “To make disciples of Jesus Christ who transform the world.”
John Wesley, our founding leader asked: “How goes it with your soul?” At church, we continue to open our hearts to each other and likewise ask the same thing.
The spiritual life is one of living on a higher plane, of constant reflection and understanding, of growth in forgiveness and grace, of change into what God wants us to be. The church is place all this is nourished.
Join us in classes, outreach, missions and weekly worship as we explore the wondrous gift of our souls in Jesus Christ.
What scripture has stayed with you this week?
What have others learned about Jesus Christ through of you?
How goes it with your soul?
Grace and Peace,