Oct 13, 2019 | Rev. Gina Anderson-Cloud
Christian Connections, part 1
As Methodists, we may have heard the John Wesley pastoral quote: “The world is my parish.” This idea was actually rooted within Wesley’s full understanding of Christian community and connection, starting in relationship with Christ and the fellowship of other believers. In fullness, Wesley said: “I want the whole Christ for my Savior, the whole Bible for my book, the whole Church for my fellowship, and the whole world for my mission field.”
Fundamentally, Wesley understood the relationship with Christ to be grounded in Word and fellowship/connecting within the family that is the Church. The English word that we often use for this is “fellowship” from the Greek root koinonia, whose root is most closely associated with the word family or home. The meaning translates to something akin to coming together as in home or family.
How do you connect/fellowship with others in Christ? Like Wesley, do you see your fellowship connections in the faith as fundamental to your life in Christ? Why or why not? How might you consider living faithfully to the instructions given in Hebrews 10:23-25?
In the worship series we just finished, we talked about sharing our gifts. This next short series entitled “Christian Connections” will lead us to be reminded that we need each other in the community of Christ. When we aren’t connecting in this gift, we miss out on God’s intended blessings. Are you fostering Christian community? How can doing so make all the difference? Join us as we explore the fellowship aspect of our discipleship journey together.