Come On The Journey
by John Weston | September 12, 2018
Come on the Journey
Mark 10:21b "You lack only one thing," he told him. "Go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
The gospels tell us that this promising young man did neither of those two things and missed out on something big. But not everyone missed out. Jesus didn't just ask people to believe in him and then go on their way; he challenged them to linger and even help with his ministry as they literally journeyed throughout their homeland and even outside its borders. For Jesus' core disciples, those men and women got to drink in not just Jesus' opinion about the scriptures or the traditions that Jews held in such high importance: they came away with a worldview and that was strong enough and foundational enough to go on to change that very same world.
The United Methodist Church is in crisis and at the end of February, 2019, we will come to a decision point as a denomination. We at SUMC are not burying our heads in the sand. We are staying the course and going on a journey together. Whatever happens, our local church will continue. This past Sunday we took our first step into understanding what the United Methodist Church says it believes on paper. This fall we will examine core beliefs of Christianity and how they affect our lives including our involvement in current day American culture. What do you believe? What difference does it make? What is church really about? You will remember why you love Jesus or come to know him for the first time personally.
Here's what you can do:
Attend worship each week and take in the teaching.
Be a part of a small group that is going through “A Firm Foundation.” There are two sections open Sunday mornings at 9:15!
Visit the website at least monthly for upcoming sermon scriptures so you can read ahead and start collecting your own thoughts.
Pray for SUMC and for the United Methodist Church.
Support each other. It's easier to bond with other believers when you know what really matters.
This is where the faithful are reminded, where the skeptical are thoughtfully answered, and where guests are offered a place in the church which spans nearly two millennia. It's not about listening to a few sermons or going to one class for a few weeks. It's the process. It's serving Jesus. It's loving people. It's living his word. It's the community of everyday saints doing normal things with supernatural help. Come on the journey.