Every week, share as much or as little of your service with one another! It’s a great way to share your church with other people, or get some sort of church service if you don’t have one of your own!
This week my church was talking about the Methodist movement of John Wesley, and how he used to be an Anglican priest and professor at Oxford. He saw problems with how a lot of Christian thought seemed stagnant, and sought “revivals,” where Christians can emphasize passion and learning, using your mind and your heart alike to renew their faith and take it further. Reason and faith are important parts of Christianity.
The pastor also emphasized the need for a Christian revival even today by sharing a story of a woman who was shunned from a Christian camp and asked to not return unless she broke up with her girlfriend. She later ended up leaving Christianity because she kept being told she wasn’t welcome, so she believed it. Experiences like this are pretty common nowadays, judging by polls I’ve seen, and we, as a church, need to really wrestle with this issue.
Also, the pastor emphasized that we shouldn’t have a “spiritual life” and a “normal life,” but rather, that everything is spiritual. Faith should pervade everything we do! John Wesley challenged his congregation to take Christ’s love even further, asking them to love their enemies, even “enemies of God,” as much as their own souls. It’s a tough task, and Oxford wasn’t a big fan of such “critical” sermons, even if they were, at their core, an invitation to grow even stronger in their faith.
Kinda meandering, but all interesting and important stuff, I thought!