Posted by on Jan 28, 2020 in Adult Education & Fellowship, Community, Featured, Music, Worship and Arts |

Faith at Work in the World

February is the month for “love” not only in the retail world, but also within the UMC Resist Movement. After the focus on sacred resistance, the focus on love might seem a bit sentimental or light weight. It is neither. Love truly is the most powerful force in heaven and on earth. We underestimate what truly can happen when we love God and love one another. More than Valentine’s Day, love changes lives, changes hearts, transforms individuals and communities. When we quote the verse, “God is love” we tend to minimize the content of those three words. God is love, God’s love created the universe, the world and each and every one of, us unique and unrepeatable. The whole of the law is summed up in two commands: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and your neighbor as yourself. Love is the whole of all that we are to do as believers. Now loving is the easiest and hardest thing in the world. Love is not a blank slate to behave in any way possible. In fact when weighing any behavior, one needs to set it on a scale with love of God and love of others. Jesus sharing of the Beatitudes shows exactly how difficult the law of love and the behavior of faith can be. During February, we will focus on those Beatitudes and Paul’s words to the church at Corinth will challenge us to deepen our love and to make that love real in our world today.

February 2

“When Blessings Become Curses”

1 Corinthians 1: 18-31

Matthew 5: 1-12

February 9

“When Facing Darkness”

1 Corinthians 2: 1-12

Matthew 5: 13-20

February 16

“When Confronting Brokenness”

1 Corinthians 3: 1-9

Matthew 5: 21-37

February 23

“When Coming Down the Mountain”

2 Peter 1: 16-21

Matthew 17: 1-9