And the mission statement of the United Methodist Church is: “…to make disciples…”
Both of these statements are founded on the Great Commandment found in Matt: 22:37-39:
(Jesus) said to him,
“’You shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart, and with all your soul,
and with all your mind.’
This is the greatest and first commandment.
And a second is like it:
‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
John Wesley, who began the Methodist movement of renewal, pointed out that we must keep the love of God and the love of neighbor balanced, for one depends on the other.
When we love God, we cannot ignore the fact that God loves us all, and that all around us are just as