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July 6 – Pastor Mark Gorman’s First Sunday


Weekly Events for You to Participate in!

  • Women’s Study and Fellowship Group: Tuesdays 7 – 8:30 pm at Cathy Johnson’s home.
  • Men’s Study and Fellowship Group: Tuesdays 7 – 8:30 pm in the New Room.
  • Bible Study: Wednesday Mornings 10:00-11:30 am in the New Room.

Celebrate: Why We Worship God

  • Worship is how we come into God’s presence.
  • God wants us to make a joyful noise when we worship.
  • God wants us to worship him in new songs, with lots of instruments and loud shouts!
  • God wants us to worship him in other ways too.
  • God shows us himself in his Sanctuary.
  • Most of all, worship is about praising God.
  • Christians worship in small, medium, and large groups.

Connect: Why We Stay Close to Each Other

We confess our sin and are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Acts 2:38 There were four new habits the new church participated in regularly. Acts 2:42

  1. They devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching.
  2. They were in fellowship with the Apostles.
  3. They broke bread with the Apostles.
  4. They prayed with the Apostles.

The new church adopted new living habits. Acts 2:46

  1. They spent a lot of time together, day by day.
  2. They broke bread together in each other’s homes.
  3. They were glad and generous.

Their attitude toward life changed as well.  Acts 2: 47

  1. They were continually praising God.
  2. They had the goodwill of the people in their hearts.

The result was rapid growth for first-Century Church. Acts 2: 47 And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. Christians gather together in small, medium, and large groups.

Develop: Why We Keep on Learning

Who are you in the world today? Secular: God has nothing to do with your decision-making process. “Soft-secular” (Mike Slaughter): You may be a Christian, but your needs and desires will come first. Post-modern: There is no real Absolute Truth, but there are many “truths” to explore. Christian:You are totally committed to Jesus Christ. Spiritual Disciplines:Prayer and Meditation, Fasting, Worship, Almsgiving, Hospitality,Spiritual Guidance, Meditating on God’s Word The Early Wesleyan Class Meetings General Rule of Discipleship: To witness to Jesus Christ in the world,and to follow his teachings through acts of compassion, justice,worship, and devotion, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. They agreed to do certain acts of compassion, justice, worship, and devotion throughout each week. The main reason for these small groups to meet weekly together was to hold each other accountable for practicing discipleship. Through this system, the “People called the Methodists” grew by tens of thousands during the 18th Century, and into millions by the 20th Century. Today, United Methodists call this system Covenant Discipleship.  Other models work too; small groups, cell groups, home churches, etc. Christians learn in small, medium, and large groups.

Serve: Why We Serve Others

“People who accept the high calling of Christ must be equally willing to accept this high [accountability] standard.  We cannot approach ministry with the idea that ‘I am a volunteer, so you should be thankful for anything that I am willing to give.’  Christ does not call volunteers, He calls servants.”

Reverend Michael Slaughter    Senior Pastor at Ginghamsburg U.M.C. From Spiritual Entrepreneurs 1994 Abingdon Press

“We have never been allowed to lose sight of the fact that the main purpose to be served by the clinic is the care of the sick.” Dr. William J. Mayo From The Value of the Weekly General Staff Meeting  January 30, 1935 Everyone has spiritual gifts to do mission and ministry (I Corinthians 12: 4 – 11)   Utterance of wisdom,utterance of knowledge, faith, healing, working of miracles, prophecy,discernment of spirits, tongues, interpretation of tongues (I Corinthians 12: 27 – 28)  Apostleship, teaching, deeds of power, forms of assistance, forms of leadership Service to others is what Christian discipleship is all about (Matthew 25: 34 – 36) Jesus says to the righteous, I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothing. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me. Christians serve others in small, medium, and large groups.

Share: Why We Share the Good News about Jesus Christ

Directions to individuals (Miracles, Healings, Exorcisms, Teaching) Mt. 5:24 go, first be reconciled to your brother or sister… Mt. 5:41 go also the second mile… Mt. 6:1 go into your room {to pray in secret} Mt. 8: 4 go, show yourself to the priest… {said to a leper after being healed} Mt. 8: 13 Go, let it be done according to your faith… Mt. 9: 6 stand up, take your bed and go to your home. Mt. 19: 21 go sell all your possessions…give the money to the poor…follow me Luke 10: 37 go and do likewise {show mercy} Luke 14: 10 go and sit at the lowest place John 4:4 Go, call your husband, and come back John 4: 50 Go, your son will live John 9: 7 Go to the pool of Shiloam {to the man born blind to be healed} Mark 5: 19 {to the Gerasene demoniac} Go home {and tell them of the Lord’s mercy} Luke 7:22 Go and tell {John the Baptist} what you have seen and heard:the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news brought to them. Directions Through Parables Luke 15: 4 go after the one that is lost Luke 14: 21 go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame {to the wedding banquet} Mt. 22: 9 go into the main streets…invite everyone…to the wedding banquet Directions To The Disciples Luke 10: 3 –9 Go on your way…cure the sick, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near you.” John 15:16 And I appointed you to go and bear fruit Mt. 9:13 Go and learn what this means…I desire mercy, not sacrifice… Mt. 10:6 go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel… Mt. 10: 7 as you go, proclaim the good news, “The kingdom of heaven is near.” Mark 1:38 let us go on to the neighboring towns…to proclaim the message… Directions After the Resurrection Mt. 28:1 Do not be afraid, go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, there they will see me. Mark 16: 15 Go into all the world and proclaim the good news John 20: 17 Go to my brothers and say to them I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God Mt. 28:19-20 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And remember, I am always with you, to the end of the age. Christians spread the Gospel in small, medium, and large groups.

Are you searching for something?

Are you looking for a church to call home? What does church have to offer to you in a world that is already too busy? Can your children truly benefit from spending time in a Christian environment? Is this church judgmental? Is this church friendly? What will this church do if I’m sick or need help?