Our goal as United Methodists…What is it you ask?

July 15, 2012 Our goal as United Methodists…What is it you ask?

 

Our goal, as United Methodists, is to bring people into a transformative relationship with Jesus Christ. 

We ask ourselves daily: “How effective are we in making disciples of Jesus Christ to transform the world?”

Getting people to worship and to profess Christ is not likely to happen without an invitation from someone involved in a small group whose group’s purpose is to answer life’s hard questions and/or an invitation from someone involved in a small group that actively does the work of Jesus, groups where people experience the power of Jesus in a personal way and are empowered to live out their faith in the world outside the church. 

People in such spiritually-formative or human need-serving groups are the most credible witnesses Jesus has.  Those witnesses will lead others to profess their faith and become believers.  Believers worship.  But since no one witness can be everywhere we also need focus on how we give to mission because it is through our mission giving that most of us go places where we might otherwise never serve.

 What will serve the Kingdom is to pay attention to the things that cause worship attendance to grow, nonbelievers to come to faith, Christians to be nurtured and challenged to serve.  Paying attention to those things will serve the world and grow the Kingdom because paying attention to those things is paying attention to the things that Jesus asks of us.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age.”   Matthew 28:18-20

One of them, an expert in the Law, tested [Jesus] with this question:  “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”  Jesus replied, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it:  ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”  Matthew 22:35-39

 

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