Over the last few weeks our pastor has reminded the church of the vows that we made when we joined the church. I serve in a United Methodist Church and there is one question that all new members are asked by our pastor as they accept the responsibility of being members of our local church.
Will you be loyal to this congregation and uphold it with your Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service and Witness?
Each of these vows has served as the basis of the series on Discipleship that Pastor David has been leading us through. This week we focused on the final vow, that of witness. Pastor David asked me to write the front page of the newsletter helping our church orient their thoughts for the week as we get ready for Sunday Services. You can read it below.
Continue reading Can I Get a Witness?
In this weeks round-up:
Same-Sex Marriage Won’t Be Enough — An interesting article that reveals why the debate regarding same-sex marriage is about more than just marriage. It’s actually about redefining (read destroying) marriage as an institution. The author writes, “Marriage can’t be separated from biological realities. And that’s why this upheaval won’t end when same-sex marriage is accepted.” A must read.
Join or Die?: Addressing the Question of Church Membership — The age old question regarding the necessity of church membership has remained a lively point of conversation. In this article a strong and well articulated case is made that being connected to a local church is a necessary reality for every believer.
The difference between attending and joining a church is analogous to the difference between dating and marriage. The Bible clearly steers us toward the latter.
Celebrating Alone — R. C. Sproul, Jr. speaks of his first anniversery after the death of his wife to cancer. This is a beautiful testimony of what God plans for each of us to experience in matrimony. I am sad for his loss, but rejoice with him in his wife’s eternal gain.
Truth, Grace and My Father’s Conversion at age 84 — Randy Alcorn recounts the details that lead up the eventual conversion of his father. It is a touching tribute to Randy’s love for his father and of God’s grace in redemption.