part5-Moving forward


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“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40

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Church/Family Role God’s Role – Grace Church’s Role – Worship, Do Life Together, Serve Together Individual’s Role – Prayer, Presence, Gifts, Service, and Witness

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A Deeper Prayer Life Set a Time & Place Each Day Remove Distractions Prepare Your Heart & Mind Pray for Others/Self (Five Fingers) Spend Time in Silence/Listening Act on Promptings/Leadings

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The importance of Being “present” To Receive To Give To Engage To Encourage Showing Up is powerful!

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God Created Everything (Gen 1:1) God Owns Everything (Psalm 24:1) We are Trustees of things that belong to God (Matthew 25:14-30) Financial generosity is a discipline (1 Timothy 4:7) Biblical Principles of Generosity

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“Gain all you can” – without hurting health, mind, or others “Save all you can” – not about hoarding, but living frugally “Give all you can” – the goal of the process Wesley’s “Three Plain Rules”

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Service Called to be servants, not volunteers Gift of God’s grace, not merit Given to be used for greatest good Gifts, Natural Talents, Passion, and Personality is to be used in service to God’s Transformation of the world

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What is your Divine Discontent? What breaks your heart? What do you keep hoping someone will do something about? What is stopping you? Ask God to remove it.

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The role of a witness Not to argue the case; that’s the attorney Not to issue a verdict; that’s the jury Not to make judgements; that’s the judge A witness simply shares what he/she saw, heard, and experienced

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How to Share Your Faith Live your Faith Begin with Friendship Listen, Listen, Listen Know your story Offer the Invitation Trust the Spirit

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The Flow of Faith (John 1:35-49) John Philip Andrew Nathanael Simon (Peter)

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Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

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All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47

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INTRODUCTION TO THE SERVICE Baptismal Covenant III (Introduction of Service) The church is of God, and will be preserved to the end of time, for the conduct of worship and the due administration of God’s Word and Sacraments,

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the maintenance of Christian fellowship and discipline, the edification of believers, and the conversion of the world.

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All, of every age and station, stand in need of the means of grace which it alone supplies.

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Baptismal Covenant III (Reception into the United Methodist Church) Let those persons who are members of other communions in Christ’s holy church, and who now desire to enter into fellowship of this congregation, RECEPTION INTO THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

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present themselves to be received into the membership of The United Methodist Church.

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Membership Vows Do you reject evil powers of the world, and repent of your sin? Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression? Do you confess Jesus Christ as Savior, put your whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as your Lord? Do you commit to faithfully participate in church’s ministries by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness?

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Baptismal Covenant III (Commendation and Welcome) Brothers and sisters, I commend to your love and care these persons whom we this day receive into the membership of this congregation. COMMENDATION AND WELCOME

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Do all in your power to increase their faith, confirm their hope, and perfect them in love.

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We rejoice to recognize you as members of Christ’s holy church, and bid you welcome to this congregation of The United Methodist Church.

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With you, we renew our vows to uphold it by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, and our service.

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With God’s help, we will so order our lives after the example of Christ that, surrounded by steadfast love, you may be established in the faith,

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and confirmed and strengthened in the way that leads to eternal life.

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God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit bless, preserve, and keep you, now and evermore. Amen.

Summary: Last message in series "Five to Thrive" given by Eric McCrea at Pine Island United Methodist Church in Bokeelia, Florida.

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