Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Extravagant Generosity

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“The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles. All the believers were united and shared everything.” Acts 2:42-44 CEB)

We at First United Methodist Church are absolutely committed to making disciples.  Like all the believers before us, we are devoted to providing everything needed to bring others into a relationship with Jesus Christ.  Through the Ministry of Radical Hospitality, we reach into our community and beyond connecting people to Jesus Christ.  Through Passionate Worship we gather the express our deep desire to love God with our whole heart, and to provide a worship experience that leads everyone present into the very presence of God.  Through Intentional Faith Development we guide one another into the reality of being lifelong learners, turning to our teacher, Jesus Christ, to lead us into ever ever-deepening relationship with God.  Through Risk-Taking Mission and Service we devote ourselves to making a difference in the lives of our friends in need, investing ourselves in their lives, and growing in our faith and love through service. 

Through the ministry of Extravagant Generosity we come to understand the need to be good stewards of all the gifts God with which God has blessed us, the blessing of time, the blessing of our spiritual gifts, the blessing of our all our different and varied talents, and the blessing of our income no matter its size.  Extravagant Generosity is our way to express our gratitude to God, and the means through which we accomplish all that God calls us to do.  First UMC understands the importance of making disciples and we are prepared to devote ourselves to providing everything needed to Making Disciples and Making a Difference for Jesus Christ.

In many ways Extravagant Generosity is the most important of our Five Ministry Areas.  The people of First UMC are devoted to supporting our mission to Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World, by providing the resources we need to accomplish our work.  Extravagant Generosity is the point where the believer freely expresses his or her faith and understanding of the great need to make disciples and make a difference in the world.