We know it’s hard to keep our promises and resolutions. “Keeping the Faith” is a difficult challenge, especially when we do it alone.
To live out our mission: “To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world” in the midst of a congregation is to take seriously that our spiritual life is the most important part of our life.
We recognize that our relationship with God, our beliefs about Jesus Christ, our reliance for the Holy Spirit, is the most important commitment we will ever make.
In our society, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important. Our culture conspires to tempt us with all sorts of short term entertainment, pleasant distractions and the idea that we are the center of the universe. (All in an effort to get our money.)
Our society encourages us to complain, to focus on our problems and fears, and so it leaves us in worry and anxiety that shakes us to our core.
Our faith tradition teaches us that Jesus Christ came to free us from the slavery of our desires, from the shifting winds of current fads and the flashy, expensive experiences that ultimately destroy us.
When we decide to be a follower of Jesus we make a stand that it’s God’s values and perspectives that we will follow in our life, not the worlds.
As members of the United Methodist Church we proclaim our faith in God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, and we also pledge that we will uphold our organization in order to: “Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.”
As members of our local congregation here in Lancaster, we make that discipleship real by regularly taking three simple steps:
Step 1) We WORSHIP with our congregation EVERY chance we can.
Even when we travel we seek out places to worship God. By regular worship we reaffirm the centrality of God to our lives.
Step 2) We GROW SPIRITUALLY both internally and externally. We regularly participate in the classes offered or other studies we know of.
We regularly involve ourselves in outreach to take the church into the world through service and love.
Step 3) We TELL OTHERS how important God is to us. We look for opportunities to gracefully and lovingly share the experiences and power of God and the love of Christ in our lives.
With these three simple steps, our lives will be transformed. We will place our lives in God’s hands and we will be taking significant steps in our spiritual journey as a follower of Jesus.
If you are a member of our congregation, I invite you to renew our commitment together by living out your life with these three steps. Work to strengthen them. Think of them often. Use them as your “spiritual fitness” routine that deepens your faith.
If you are not yet a member of our congregation, I invite you to pray about joining us in this highest of all endeavors.
Know that you are personally invited to live a life filled with God’s presence and the love of Christ. That you can be healed and be a blessing to those around you.
Make God the central focus of your life. Turn to the Lord and worship God with all your heart, soul, mind and spirit.
As you join with us in this grand journey, grow in your understanding of the spiritual life. Study, discuss, and involve yourself with others, both with your inner journey and with your outward service.
Finally, speak to others about this important focus in your life. Ask them about their most basic values and goals. Talk to them about the role of God’s love in Christ for your life.
It changes everything.
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,