As unrest, fear and economic hardship continues to disrupt our lives and challenge what we thought we knew about the world, the church is in a moment of sanctification. Our choices can have impact. The church has a role to play in the future of our nation and the world. The Baptismal Covenant of the United Methodist Church defines the decisions we must make if we are to claim this moment of transformation. In this series, we will offer ways the church and its people can seek to be followers of Jesus Christ today. We will consider the history that informs the present moment and how the questions of our Baptismal Covenant show us the road to the future.
June 28 | Reject what is bad | Luke – 4:16-21
Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world and repent your sin? What if our vow is more about our liberty and less about the consequences? Jesus’ statement is the renunciation that John asks for in Luke 3.
July 5 | Resist what is wrong | Luke 4:1-14
Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice and
oppression in whatever forms they present themselves?
July 12 | Confess what you know | Luke 7:36-50
Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior, put your whole trust in his grace and
promise to serve him as your Lord, in union with the Church which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations and races?
July 19 | Nurture one another | Acts 11:19-26
Will you nurture one another in the Christian faith and life and include these persons now before you in your care?