Live the Way
Live the Way: A Discipleship Process
About Live the way
Live the Way is a discipleship process that we have taken up in 2016. We have heard God's call to live the way Christ teaches us and to grow into the disciples God calls us to be. Together, we are continuing the journey we began at our baptism and with our membership vows. You are invited to create your own personal path of discipleship to live out your vows with your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness in a simple, fresh and culture-creating way–Living the Way.
Open Your Heart
This part of our discipleship journey entails deepening our experience of God through prayer, Bible Study, and worship.
Tend Our Church
We Live the Way when we engage with our church community through belonging to a small group, serving in ministries and teaching others about God's great love.
Serve the World
Just as Jesus sent his disciples out to care for the least among them, so too God invites us to extend our reach beyond this community to serve our neighborhood, our city, and other parts of the world through acts of service, community outreach and evangelism.
Live the Way next steps:
- We are currently taking part in a Spiritual Gifts discernment process so that we can discover the unique gifts God has given each one of us.
- The Interests and Gifts Survey will help our ministry leaders and staff connect you to opportunities to grow in your walk with Christ.
- On Sunday, April 24 we will renew our membership vows as the youth are Confirmed in the faith. During worship we will be invited to commit to three concrete ways we will Live the Way as followers of Christ.
Incoming members are asked, "Will you be loyal to the United Methodist Church and uphold it by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness?"
The response is, "I will." Here is how we bring that commitment to life:
Prayer is a Christian discipline reflecting our dependence upon God for grace and guidance. Prayer places us in communion with God and acknowledges our need for God’s help. Prayers for our church, the needs of a hurting world, and prayers for ourselves bring us closer to God and closer to one another.
Attending and participating actively in worship, Sunday School classes and small groups is our response to God’s love for us. Our presence is a testimony to the faith we bring to bear through loving action at home, at work, at school, in the community and around the world. "Personal holiness" leads to "social holiness."
Gifts are the joyful acknowledgement of the many blessings God has given us. We believe in the biblical "tithe" (10%) as a standard for giving back to God what always is God's. Tithes and offerings allow us to express our thanks to God, and to reach ever more people through ministry and mission. Methodism’s founder John Wesley said it best: "Make all you can. Save all you can. Give all you can."
Our service follows the example of Christ, "who came not to be served, but to serve" (Matthew 20:28). We are all "created in Christ Jesus for good works" (Ephesians 2:10), and our loving response is to share with one another our talents and abilities – indeed our very selves. It is a given that a disciple of Christ and a member or our church will be active in service to others both inside the church and out.
Sharing your experience - your story of faith - with others, and inviting them to worship and other activities exposes them to the new life of grace and healing found in Jesus Christ. Your willingness to share just might make all the difference.
And Christ died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them. - 2 Corinthians 5:15