Committed to Christ

Committed to Christ

Have you ever wondered just what  it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ? Have you wanted to grow in your commitment to Jesus and our community? Our congregation will engage in a discipleship journey through Committed to Christ: Six Steps to a Generous Life. Get ready to step up your commitment to prayer, Bible reading, worship, witness, financial giving and service! You can get started a couple of different ways below.

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The Pastor's Letter to the Congregation

Dear Friends,

What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus Christ?

What does the Lord expect of me?

What “holy habits” should I cultivate in my life?

                For six Sundays beginning in October, our entire church family is invited to enter a season of decision and commitment toward the goal of becoming fully devoted disciples of Jesus Christ. The theme will be Committed to Christ: Six Steps to a Generous Life.

                We are hoping that every household will be present every Sunday during this season so that we can each commit to climb one step closer toward this goal. We will dedicate ourselves to the Lord and obey what the Lord has commanded, in a spirit of gratitude for all that we have received.

                On the introductory Sunday, October 1, we will be asked to make or renew our personal commitment to Christ. Each of the six Sundays following will emphasize a different area of faithful Christian discipleship: prayer, Bible reading, worship, witness, financial giving and service.

              Below is  a Six-step process that will describe the program and show the various levels of commitment, ranging from limited commitment to full and unlimited commitment. We have also enclosed a set of commitment cards that you will be invited to complete and turn in during worship on each Sunday of the program.

                May God bless each of us as we commit together to become a fully devoted disciple of Jesus Christ.

                                                                                                                                               

Grace and peace of Christ,

                                                                                                                                                 Pastor Martha Meredith

 
 
The Six Steps to a Generous Life:
1: Prayer

You are invited to climb the first step in your journey toward greater commitment to Christ. This step is about prayer—how it can transform life and what it is all about. We suggest prayer as the first step because if you are going to have a personal relationship with the Lord, it is going to begin with prayer. This is not a step toward earning one’s salvation, but rather a step toward a generous life in response to salvation already received from Christ.


You are invited to think seriously about and set goals for the growth of their prayer lives. By doing this you will learn that one of the amazing truths of Christianity is that God desires to be in relationship with each of us through prayer. The holy habit of daily prayer not only reminds us of our relationship with the Lord but also becomes an open channel to receive encouragement and direction as we begin this spiritual journey to live and serve in Jesus’ name.

Hear my voice when I call, LORD;
be merciful to me and answer me.
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
Your face, LORD, I will seek.
Psalm 27:7-8 (TNIV)

John Wesley, in a sermon entitled “The Scripture Way of Salvation,” spoke

A good way to start is to find a quiet place for a few minutes each day and begin prayerful thankfulness, and worship.

2: Reading the Bible

 

This second step is more than a simple invitation to read the Bible; it is also an invitation to put the words of the Bible into practice. It can lead to a lifelong journey, in context with a variety of other commitments faithful disciples make as they strive to grow and mature as a disciple of Jesus Christ.


Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
Those who listen to the word but do not do what it says are like people who look
at their faces in a mirror and, after looking at themselves, go away and immediately
forget what they look like. But those who look intently into the perfect law
that gives freedom, and continue in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but
doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

James 1:22-25 (TNIV)

A good way to continue with this practice is to follow the SOAP method

Either Download our personal bible reading guide here or stop by the church office and pick one up

S- Scripture

Read the scripture and write down one verse that stands out to you

O- Observation

Write what you observe in the verse and the surrounding scriptures

A- Application

Write down how you sense God wants you to apply this verse to your life

P- Prayer

Write a short prayer of response asking God to help you do or be what you sense God has just shown you

3: Worship

 

At the heart of Christian life we find worship. Through worship we express our theology, define our identity, and commune with our maker. When we encounter God in worship, we are formed and transformed as his people.

Just like a deer that craves
streams of water,
my whole being craves you, God.
My whole being thirsts for God,
for the living God.
When will I come and see God’s face?

Psalm 42:1-2 (CEB)

A good way to practice this next step is to decide on a  commitment to worship from the below list.

• Today, I am not ready to make a commitment.
•  I will attend worship three to six times a year.
•  I will attend worship once a month.
•  I will attend worship twice a month.
•  I will attend worship three times a month.
•  I will attend worship four times a month.
•  As my health permits, I will never miss worship.
•  Worship will be a priority in my life, growing to include the following:

I will be passionate about worship as a true priority of my life. Bad weather, sports, or holidays will not keep me from attending worship. I will prepare the day before, so that I can arrive at worship without last-minute rushing. I will warmly greet those who sit around me. I will surround my friends and family with worship. Through worship I will seek to find strength, power, and direction to face the week.

 

Once you have selected the worship attendance you are ready to commit to, stick with it for a whole year and watch as your faith and spirituality prosper!

3: Witness

The Lord calls each of us to journey closer and closer to the cross, but he also calls each of us to reach back and invite others to join us in the journey. If the people of your congregation are going to have a growing personal relationship with the Lord, it will involve witnessing and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.


Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you
may know how to answer everyone.

Colossians 4:5-6 (TNIV)

A good way to start witnessing is to live by example:

  • Embody Christ in words and actions

  • Grow in faith and having the confidence to share it

  • Sharing the good news of Christ with neighbors

  • Praying for specific people

  • Warmly greeting guests in worship

  • Continuing to offer friendship to new Christians/members

4: Financial Giving

Giving lies at the heart of the Christian life. It is in giving that we express our theology and define our identity. It’s been said that the Bible includes 500 verses on prayer, fewer than 500 verses on faith, and more than 2,000 verses on money and what money buys. Jesus talked a lot about money, and I’m confident that the synagogue offering increased in every town where Jesus taught.

“No household servant can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and
love the other, or you will be loyal to the one and have contempt for the other.
You cannot serve God and wealth.” The Pharisees, who were money-lovers,
heard all this and sneered at Jesus.
Luke 16:13-14 (CEB)

 

The best way to begin your journey into financial giving is to:

1. Decide you are ready to commit to your giving. (A great way to start is 10% of your income)

2. Decide the duration with which you will commit

  • Every week

  • Every month

  • Every quarter

  • Every year

Next week we will delve into Service!

 

Interested in continuing the journey with the congregation? Join us for worship 8:30 0r 10:30 am or join our daily thoughts mailing list below

112 W Montgomery Ave

Rockville, MD 20850

rockville_umc@rockvilleumc.org

Rockville United Methodist Church

Worship Services- 8:30 & 10:30 am

301.762.2288

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