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A Four-Letter Word? Well, more than than...

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This week we are talking about evangelism. For many this is a four-letter word. It brings up a tremendous amount of negative connotation because of the intrusiveness of those that have historically claimed to be evangelists. But let’s look at what evangelism really is. It is defined by the Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Theology as the proclamation of the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ with a view to bring about the reconciliation of the sinner to God the father through the work of the Holy Spirit.
That is a mouth full. How do we contextualize this for today’s non-Christian audience without loosing the meaning for the Christian that wants to participate in communicating the hope found in God to those struggling? Let’s begin by looking at the basic components.
Proclamation indicates that we are to tell people about something. This means that we are to…

What do your relationships look like?

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
This week the missional theology discussion that Debbie and I have every Monday was attended by a whole group of people that wanted to be a part of the movement committed to the restoration of the individual, family and community at Harmony Grove UMC. We discussed the work that we are doing in the new Family Restoration Center and looked at the core principles of Discipleship, Evangelism and Mission that define Christ’s church. It was a perfect example of how discipleship manifests in a community of people that are willing to look at the need for change and embrace the uncertainty that that brings, trusting God to be our guide. 
Discipleship, evangelism and mission will be the topics of the next three weeks sermons, helping us to ReCapture, as a community, what it means to be the church that Christ called us to be. We will be leading with discipleship and the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:19-20 this week, looking at what makes Christian discipleship un…

ReCapture Blogpost this Week

Monday’s are my favorite day of the week. It is a new beginning to the week and there is limitless potential. It is also the day that Debbie and I get together to wrestle with theology and mission, trying to unpack God’s plan for Harmony Grove and the local community. I love this process. It makes me feel like I am contributing to a solution that is God centered and bigger than myself. Today was particularly exciting, as we really did not end up where we started. We began by looking at how we have historically defined the church, taking our cues from John Wesley and the early Methodist movement and ended up engaging the surveys that the congregation filled out last week during the 9:45 hour.
This led us to, what we feel are, the core components of the church moving forward if it is going to find sustainability and become the thriving, vibrant community that everyone seems to want to be a part of. Most importantly, by beginning with the surveys it gave a voice to the needs and concerns …