An arrow is designed to hit a specific target. As Christ-followers, Christ is the head of the church and we, His people, are the body of Christ as His Church. As the Apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians, each of us—no matter how young or how old is a vital part of the church. The target is just living out Christ’s command. Do what every church is called to do-namely, the Great Commandment and Great Commission. Love God, love people, teach the Word, share your faith, take care of the needy, then pay attention to where your arrow hits.
So, don’t allow the summer heat and traveling to prevent you from growing in your knowledge of God’s Word and God’s plan for you and His church. Be present and spiritually engage in worship each Sunday. Participate in daily devotional Bible readings using your weekly Old Testament and New Testament Bookmarks or whatever blesses you. Covenant with United Methodists around the world to use the John Wesley pattern for prayer and fasting weekly to pray.* The challenge from United Methodist Bishops across the globe is for us all to be united in prayer for the God’s mission and God’s way forward for the United Methodist Church. You might also be part of a small group of friends to study the gospel together. Sunday following fellowship time, be part of the study “Praying in the Wesleyan Spirit” in the adult Sunday School Room next to the fellowship hall restrooms. Wednesday pray time begins at 5:30 in the sanctuary and Bible Study at 6:15 in the Adult Classroom in the office complex.
From the beginning of this calendar year, in worship and small group, you have been hearing of God’s love, His strength and the power God gives to God’s people through the presence of the promised Holy Spirit in and through God’s Son our Savior Jesus Christ. You have experienced with your sisters and brothers in Christ as well as your pastor each Sunday and weekday journeys in growing in our discipleship and passion to be servants of our discipleship and passion to be servants of our heavenly “Abba” Father.
Beginning this Sunday through our summer months together, we will be studying the gospel of Mark. Mark is surely the only New Testament book which calls itself a gospel (good news). “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” is the title of this work, and its self-designation ought to shape our understanding of its purpose for us in our personal lives, our church and God’s world community.
Remember, an arrow is designed to hit a specific target. God’s target for us is to love God, love people, teach the Word, share your faith, take care of the needy, then pay attention to where your arrow hits.
Blessings in and through Christ Jesus,