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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Membership shows commitment. I am pleased that there are some folk from different churches who have decided to become members. It is one thing to attend regularly, it is something else to become a member because it entitles one to enter more fully into the life of the church.
In the Methodist “Constitutional Practice and Discipline” it states : ”It is the privilege and duty of members of the Methodist Church to avail themselves of the two sacraments, namely baptism and the Lord’s Supper … commitments by each member to Christian discipleship within the Methodist Church… and by the Church to provision of the means by which that discipleship may be fully expressed, including pastoral care and oversight. Membership is therefore a covenant relationship between the member and the church, freely entered into by the grace of God, but entry into membership … does not create …a contract or legal relations.” [CPD Vol 2 2018 P215]
In the Covenant Service, I talked about ways of growing as a Christian. One way of deepening faith and discipleship is to become a member. I will be pleased to discuss with anyone who would like to take this significant step in their Christian lives.
Many people take and read UCB “Word for Today”. These are FREE Bible study notes available in the UK from FREEPOST RLTX-ABUL-GRAR, UCB, Westport Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 4JF.
The following is an extract from a recent couple of days in “Word for Today”:
“We live in a time of commitment phobia. We want to get as much as we can while giving back as little as possible… Involvement in church and participation in compassionate causes are both down…. To escape the awkwardness and embarrassment of saying no we avoid our obligations and responsibilities by simply being elsewhere when we’re needed … Many folks have a casual, cafeteria-style approach to church; they pick up what they like and leave what they don’t. Jesus said, ‘I will build up my church’ [Mt 16:18 NIV]
Jesus made a radical commitment to us through his birth, life, suffering, crucifixion, and death and He asks us to commit radically to Him … ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily and follow me … That’s radical commitment and it’s what God expects from you.” [UCB Spring 2019 P 11,12]
Are you aware of needs within the church that you could do? Likewise, is it time to stop doing something which is becoming too difficult for you? You might think about being on the coffee rota, providing flowers or becoming a steward or Worship Leader or being the Circuit treasurer? Please prayerfully reconsider your commitment to serving Christ in your life and in your church.
Yours in Christ,