Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors. The people of The United Methodist Church.
May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.
1 Thessalonians 3:12
Share God's love.
There are those around us that the world ignores and forgets; they are the same people that Christ calls us to serve. When we do, the Bible tells us that we are serving Christ directly. "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me." (Matthew 25:35-36 ESV)
The gift of compassion moves people to action on behalf of those in need. Compassion is not a simple caring about others, but such a radical caring that we have no choice but to make sacrifices for others.
God's justice is about establishing and maintaining community. God's greatest concern is for the protection of the community as a whole through insuring the basic rights of the poor, the weak and powerless.
As United Methodists, we cannot remain silent when we witness our neighbors impacted by broken social, economic and political systems that result in poverty, conflict, and oppression.
Share your story.
We learn in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that "if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived!" This change is ongoing as we journey in our faith, becoming a more loving person.
From the Bible and our own experience, we know that people will notice changes in us and want to know why. What will you tell them?
Become a Lay Servant! Our District and Conference have many training opportunities to grow in your discipleship.
Help others grow.
When we intentionally witness to Jesus Christ in the world and follow his teachings through acts of compassion, justice, worship, and devotion, we grow in love, faith, and hope. Moreover, we will make space for others to grow too.