Posts Tagged ‘membership’

I’m With Him

Posted: January 22, 2010 by Matt Horan in ReEmergent Church
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By Matt Horan

Let’s journey back to the first century for a few moments, to the moment that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.  John has just told the gathering crowd that being a descendant of Abraham is not enough to help them escape the “coming wrath.”  He says, “The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”

That can’t be good. (more…)

By Matt Horangracememberlist

          “Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of your sin?
          “Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever form they present themselves?
          “Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior, but your whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as your Lord, in union with the church which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, and races?
          “As members of Christ’s universal church, will you be loyal to the United Methodist Church, and do all in your power to strengthen its ministries?
          “As members of this congregation, will you faithfully participate in its ministries by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, and your service?”

          Agree to these, and you become a member of the United Methodist Church.  You move from officially outside, to officially inside.  Unfortunately, this magic moment doesn’t necessarily equate with a person’s stepping onto the pathway of a disciple, never again to depart from it. (more…)

What I Would Have Said

Posted: June 14, 2009 by Matt Horan in ReEmergent Church
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By Matt Horanyellow%20card

          I raised my hand, holding high my big yellow card.  When you hold up your big yellow card at a meeting of the Florida Annual Conference (FAC) of the United Methodist Church, it is a way to signal the bishop that you have something that you’d like to say.  So I held up my big yellow card. (more…)