This past Sunday I had the opportunity to preach about Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus. Conversion is the process of changing or causing something to change. Conversion is essential for medicine to work and life in Christ to work. We explored the conversion of Paul because God continues to convert people each and every day. John Wesley UMC is called to come alongside God in the conversion of children, youth and adults. God is always changing and transforming people. The church is a spiritual aid for this journey of change. The local church is essential to what God is doing in the world. In the story of Paul’s conversion, the Risen Christ confronted Paul and started a conversion (change). Ananias, a follower of Jesus, who lived in Damascus was then called to go to Paul and pray for him. Through the work of the church (Ananias), God finished what He started in Paul. Paul heard his call and ultimately was discipled by these early followers of Jesus. The church is essential and you are the church. You are essential to what God is doing.
Currently, we are in our 2020 Partnership Pledge campaign. Your generosity to the church is essential. Through your generosity, the reach of the church is present in the lives of children, youth and adults. The church is available to come alongside families and individuals to help foster what God has started in people’s hearts. What a beautiful thing that is! Acts 9:31 says, “And with the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, it also grew in numbers.” May you know the encouragement of the Holy Spirit and continue to support the work of Christ at JWUMC through your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness.
If you didn’t get a chance to see these important Partnership videos featuring one of your youth, Lauren McGlohn and Church Council Vice-Chair Kristin Leard, please take time to watch them.