Tag Archives: UMC

Pressing On Toward the Goal & Taking Scripture Out of Context

From Philippians 3:2-12 (NRSV): 2 Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of those who mutilate the flesh! 3 For it is we who are the circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and boast in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh— 4 even though I, too, have reason for confidence in the flesh. If anyone else has reason ...

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Making confirmation meaningful

(By Bryan Bliss) In my first year as a youth pastor, I was handed a dusty old curriculum that I’m fairly certain had been around when I went through confirmation myself. The pastor simply said, “Teach them what it means to be a Methodist.” I had nine months, not including holiday weekends, school vacations, or important nationally televised football games, ...

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A UMC youth minister weighs in on his decision to enroll in Spark Certification

With the Spark Conference, I can complete all courses within three years, have more frequent contact with others in the class, and actually have credit hours that matter: my accrued credit hours can go toward a master’s degree through Southwestern College, all while being more affordable in the long run.

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#Social: The Nurturing Community

The community provides the potential for nurturing human beings into the fullness of their humanity. We believe we have a responsibility to innovate, sponsor, and evaluate new forms of community that will encourage development of the fullest potential in individuals. Primary for us is the gospel understanding that all persons are important—because they are human beings created by God and ...

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A Practical Look: Nurture and Mission of the Church

Sanctification and Perfection

Finally, we emphasize the nurturing and serving function of Christian fellowship in the Church. The personal experience of faith is nourished by the worshiping. For Wesley there is no religion by t social religion, no holiness but social holiness. The communal forms of faith in the Wesleyan tradition not only promote personal growth; they also equip and mobilize us for ...

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A Practical Look: Mission and Service

Sanctification and Perfection

We insist that personal salvation always involves Christian mission and service to the world. By joining heart and hand, we assert that personal religion, evangelical witness, and Christian social action and reciprocal and mutually reinforcing. Scriptural holiness entails more than personal piety; love of God is always linked with love of neighbor, a passion for justice and renewal in the ...

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A Practical Look: Faith and Good Works

Sanctification and Perfection

Good morning from Cleburne, TX! I am so glad to be writing you today and continuing our blog series on “A Practical Look at the Wesleyan Distinctive Emphases.” Let’s take a look at what the Book of Discipline says about Faith and Good Works. We see God’s grace and human activity working together in the relationship of faith and good ...

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A Practical Look – Sanctification and Perfection

Sanctification and Perfection

Greetings to you this morning from Cleburne, TX! I am so glad to be writing you all today about the continuing blog series on “Wesleyan Distinctive’s: A Practical Look,” by looking at at Sanctification and Perfection today. As per usual let us start by first looking at what the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church has to stay about ...

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A Practical Look – Justification and Assurance

Sanctification and Perfection

  Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! I am so excited to be writing again to you about our Wesleyan Distinctives. Last week was about Prevenient Grace and how its kinda like chips and salsa. If you missed that post click here to catch up. This week we will continue on to ...

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