Messages on Romans
Acts 1:8, John 15:4-5, Romans 5:8 Making Disciples in the Wesleyan tradition means that it is practical and accountable. Practical in that we are engaged in the world in good works and sharing the gospel of Jesus and accountable in that we are engaged in small groups where we encourage, pray, study, and hold one another accountable. Wesley, through his formation of the “Holy Club” developed a way to be practical in faith, not just in worship and the sacraments.…
Making disciples means we have to get off the sidelines of our faith and bear down on the work of sharing the good news and mentoring others into faith. This is the ‘stuff’ of kingdom building and is Jesus’ last command for us.
If God Love us, how does he express that love? It is not through prosperity or physical blessings (though that sometimes happens) but by the “means of grace” which are varied and multi-layered. There is one grace described with the characteristics; Prevenient, Justifying, and Sanctifying. These three components help inform us and help us identify where God is at work.
Hearing the experience of those on short-term or long-term missions whose lives have been dramatically changes and shaped in new ways can help us grow closer to God and in turn, we become more missional.
Don’t lose your voice for Jesus. Pentecost isn’t just about a dramatic movement of the Holy Spirit, it’s the moment that every believer was given authority and power and enabled to become ministers to the world and priests to one another.
Our spiritual gifts are ours to use not to hoard. Don’t wait for the “right time” to begin using them. Use them now, right where you are already planted.
Sometimes we don’t think we are anything special, but when we begin discovering our own spiritual gifts, we realize that God truly cares deeply about us and trusts us with growing our little part of the kingdom of God.
Essentials of Faith and Stewardship Romans 6:1-8 Remain focused on the essentials of faith keeps us from becoming distracted by non-essentials. Stewardship of all we have is part of our essential response. In Romans, Paul draws attention to the essentials of our faith; everything we need to be faithful disciples. This teaching is important for us because we are so easily distracted and we are easily led to believe other, lesser things, are also essential leading to dissension and disunity…