This take on Wesley gives us something to think about. Give it a read.
Gary Neal Hansen
Try to start a program in your church and I bet some of these ideas will be in the conversation:
- Tell people it will be fun.
- Let them know it won’t be too demanding — we’re busy people.
- Make sure they see it is going to make their lives happier.
- Emphasize that they will meet friends, and deepen relationships.
In short, high on our list of goals is pleasing people. In a consumer culture we offer things people will want to consume.
It would, of course, be silly to make our goal to DISplease people.
But what if, instead, we started by aiming at a target worth reaching, chose a path that would reach the target, and just didn’t consider self-interest, enlightened or otherwise?
That is what John Wesley’s small group ministry looks like to me. (I’ve been posting on John Wesley’s distinctive approach to Christian community for a…
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We can give money, we can pray and we can even weep with those who are weeping. There are many of us want to put our hands on something that makes us part of the solution but that is not possible for the great majority of us.
Missional people are committed to applying the teachings of Christ to all situations, no matter how tragic. As we watch the news each day, and are saddened more by the seemingly hopeless plight of so many people who are caught in difficult situations all around us. The first responders to shootings, and natural disasters are an inspiration to us. As people of faith, we are called to prayer.
I offer this prayer:
Lord you created the earth with all it dynamics. We sometimes question the reasons for suffering and pain. We even blame you and call you a harsh and vengeful God but when we see your power manifested in natural disasters we are reminded of your greatness. Lord allow us to learn to treasure our days as we watch the unfolding of this horror. Let us learn from the spirit of the first responders who risk their lives to save others. In all this help us to count our days and offer them to the service of the world. Amen