To Help Us Live A Life Of A Disciple Of Jesus
For the months of September, October, and November our sermons will examine John Wesley’s General Rules. This is a continuation of our emphasis on the membership vows (our emphasis from last year) and the prophetic texts we have been considering this summer. How do we actually live out the call of the prophets to love and justice and fulfill those vows to be part of what God is doing through this congregation through our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness? In other words, what are the fruits of such a way of life?
When a group of early Methodists came to John Wesley asking a similar question, he offered three “General Rules” to help us live the life of a disciple of Jesus. He wrote:
It is therefore expected of all who continue therein that they should continue to evidence their desire of salvation,
First: By doing no harm, by avoiding evil of every kind…
It is expected of all who continue in these societies that they should continue to evidence their desire of salvation,
Secondly: By doing good; by being in every kind merciful after their power; as they have opportunity, doing good of every possible sort, and, as far as possible, to all men….
Thirdly: By attending upon all the ordinances of God….
After each of these rules Mr. Wesley listed examples of doing no harm, doing good and the practices that keep us close to God. For the next three months we will be exploring ways that we can live as followers of Jesus with the help of these guides for life that I believe are just as applicable today as they were in John Wesley’s day. I hope you will plan to join us every Sunday and that you will grow in your life of faith.