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Our Mission, should we choose to accept…

by | Mar 5, 2019 | Not In USe

“Wesley and the early Methodists were particularly concerned about inviting people to experience God’s grace and to grow in their knowledge and love of God through disciplined Christian living. They placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.” (Click here to see the full article from UMC.org)

These words capture what I have always loved and treasured most about the United Methodist Church. From my earliest days when the word “family” referred not just to my relatives but also to the pastors and members who embraced my mother, sister, father, and I at Prescott United Methodist Church, the experience of love and grace in action has been the corner stone of my Christian Faith. To be human has been to give and extend grace, as demonstrated by Christ, to recognize the divine image of God in everyone I met, even those with whom I disagree, and to participate with the Holy Spirit in transforming the world. In the United Methodist Church I found a theological home, a practical mission field, a place where I could strive with brothers and sisters from around the world to “do no harm, do all the good I can, and stay in love with God.”

As I have been processing General Conference 2019 the words that keep coming back to me are “your mission, should you choose to accept,”

I chose this church because my language is grace shaped, my ministry is relational, my doctrine is shaped by scripture, tradition, reason, and experience, and the world is my parish. Our mission, should we choose to accept as United Methodists, remains – sharing the good news in every way we can through our lives and our love in action as we make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

The mission and ministry of God in the world is not bound by any one interpretation of scriptural holiness. That was the purpose of the Methodist Movement to begin with, to help people interpret for themselves what it means to meet Jesus Christ in the world and serve along side Christ with others. This season of Lent reminds me that whenever we think we have grasped the full reality of God, we come to a cross roads that calls us deeper into the faith journey of what it means to follow Jesus.

God is not done with The United Methodist Church, God is not done with the ministry each of us have to do in the world, and so I feel that the call for this season is “Our mission, should we choose to accept, is to answer God’s call for us to be a courageous church: Loving like Jesus, Acting for Justice, United in Hope.” Amen. Click Here to join in the mission and ministry of DSC Connectional Ministries.

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