Friday, January 25, 2013

Essentials of the Christian Life

Read Acts 2:42-47.

Too often we separate different elements of the Christian life as if some things are necessary and other Church activities or programs are merely optional.  Worship, discipleship, study, prayer, fellowship, evangelism, and mission are all integral to the whole Christian life.  The growing, productive Christian will practice all of these habits throughout the day and week in all the settings we are involved.  These habits will be expressed in the various locations of God’s Kingdom work- in our homes, at our work, at school, at church, and in the community.  We are called to live a holistic Christian life in all of those realms.  This sort of lifestyle involves a solid balance that is healthy, sustainable, and has impact.  Our experiences individually in following Christ, and collectively as a Church, should be very similar to the pattern found in Acts 2.  THAT is a dynamic church in action in the community and in following God!    

"The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become." — Henry Martyn, 18th Century missionary and Bible translator in India. 

A Methodist missionary to India, E. Stanley Jones, wrote that:
“Prayer is surrender - surrender to the will of God and cooperation with that will. If I throw out a boat hook from the boat and catch hold of the shore and pull, do I pull the shore to me, or do I pull myself to the shore? Prayer is not pulling God to my will, but the aligning of my will to the will of God.”

As we continue to seek the will of God we will find many practical opportunities to explore and express God’s Kingdom today.  Ask yourself:  What changes does this require of me to be involved in God’s mission?  What will our church look like as Acts 2 becomes a reality here?

Pray for the United Methodist Children’s Home.  This North Georgia United Methodist ministry was founded in 1871 and continues its important work today due to the ongoing support of our congregation and others.  A district office has been in Augusta since 1977 and our church enjoys a strong partnership with Thurman Norville and Mildred Ivey as we work together with local families.

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Meet the presenter:  Rev. Jasmine Smothers.

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