Who are we as Wesleyan Methodists?
We are a people who are inspiring each other to follow Jesus.
We are a people who are continually experiencing the grace of God.
We are a collection of local churches that are supportive and accountable to each other.
We are a people who are seeking to live out the great commission.
We are a people who are experiencing the transforming power of Holy Spirit.
We are a people passionately involved in our communities.
We are a people who want to honor God in all we do.
We are a people who are each day falling more in love with Jesus.
We are a people who are learning to love others the way God love us.
Yes by the grace of God, in all these areas we are developing as Churches and as individuals.
As I travel across the country and talk to leaders and congregations I am encouraged by the passion. I see the Wesleyan Methodist Church led by leaders who are filled with a passion to change their communities.
Rev. Phil Hotchkin has been encouraging us in the area of evangelism, and it all starts with a word or with an act of love. It is to shine light into a dark world.
As a result I am continually encouraged to touch my community with the love of Christ. And God has been giving me opportunities.
The other day I was in the hairdressers and the young man who was cutting my hair asked me about my work. He ask me about the music in the church and about other religions. He asked about my call although he did not use those words. Then he asked me if I had a favorite part of the bible, I shared with him John 3:16. This is the second time he has cut my hair. Nothing is more exciting than talking to people about Jesus and why he came to earth, and seeing them come to Jesus.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. * (2 Cor 4:6 NIV)
May God continue to give us the passion to talk to people about Jesus and why He came to earth?