So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see everything has become new! -2 Corinthians 5:17
Paul encourages the Christians in Corinth to press on in their ministry, to share the good news that through the death and resurrection of Christ, all may be reconciled, or put right, with God.
One of my classes this quarter is Methodist History, and I’ve enjoyed learning more about how John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist revival movement in the 1700’s, preached salvation. He divided salvation into three steps:
While we become a new creation when we are justified (step 2), Wesley says we can’t stop there. Backsliding in our faith is a real and dangerous problem, so Wesley taught that we must continually challenge ourselves to reach new heights of holiness in living (step 3). He developed a whole program for how to do this (ever wonder where the “Method” in “Methodist” comes from?) and pushed his followers to push themselves out of their comfort zones.
Coming up we have lots of opportunities at Rockford Community United Methodist Church for you to try something new! The first Sunday of every month we take communion to people who can’t come to the church – join us! We’ll need extra help with worship on October 11 and 18 since I will be in Denver for school. Come down on Halloween and help hand out candy to trick-or-treaters going from the park to the grange. At our annual charge conference on November 10 it’s my hope that we’ll adopt a new mission statement and possibly some changes in our committee structure, in order to better organize ourselves for ministry.
I look forward with joy to all the ways in which God is making us a new creation at RUMC.
The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be yours.
Katy Shedlock, Pastor
Rockford Community United Methodist Church
Come enjoy a delicious and festive dinner on Wednesday, October 21, 5:30-7:00. This one of our biggest fundraisers of the year, and we hope to see you there!