Category Archives: Methodist
Just finished a Bible Study Class and looking forward to the next one (after the holidays). Although I read my Bible, a class offers the opportunity to discuss scripture (and life) with others and also provides a needed discipline – to not slack off with the reading. We have excellent instructors: Pastor Ron Welborn and his wife Darlene. At the finish of today’s lesson, we shared communion in Knolle Chapel in Seguin First United Methodist Church. This was an excellent way to end . . . before beginning . . .
Attend Sunday School? Why?
Some people are of the opinion that Sunday School is only for children. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sunday School provides an important place for many things in the lives of adult believers.
The writer of Hebrews knew the importance of believers gathering together and staying in close touch with one another – not only for worship, but also to encourage one another in lifestyle. The first-century Christians were persecuted by the outside world, and they needed the strength, encouragement, and sense of belonging that come from being part of the group. An uncommon bond and unusual strength can be attained by joining together as a spiritual community.
The need for the strength of fellowship is no different today. Being a member of a Bible study group can encourage believers in their relationship to Christ, but it also can increase the bond a believer has with other believers.
A Place of Strength
“And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near” (Heb. 10:24-25, Holman CSB).
A Place of Knowledge
“When they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ he said to Him, ‘You know that I love You.’ ‘Feed My lambs,’ He told him” (John 21:15, Holman CSB).
Jesus admonished Peter three times to feed His sheep as an act of love. How important it is for all who wear the title “Christian” to live out what they believe. If we love the Lord, then we need to obey the Lord. To obey the Lord we need to know His Word for us. Studying the Bible – God’s Word – is essential to faith.The more we understand that Word for ourselves, the more confidently we can obey His commission to “feed” others.
An active and vibrant Bible study class will challenge you to become more proficient in God’s Word.
A Place of Belonging
“Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality” (Rom. 12: 12-13, Holman CSB).
Paul reminds us that to follow Jesus is be joyful, patient, faithful, and to practice hospitality. He knew that believers needed fellowship with one another. When believers spend time together, they begin to know one another. Knowing people’s names, their family members, and occupation will lead you to be more apt to pray and care for those families and encourage them in times of need.
A Place of Prayer
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The intense prayer of the righteous is very powerful” (James 5:16, Holman CSB).
Prayer is vital to a believer’s life. Corporate prayer within the Bible study class is vital too. Use a large board to record prayer requests from class members. Record requests not just for those who are sick and dying, but place other expressions of concern.
Believers gain great strength and comfort when they see that Christ answers prayer in such a dramatic way.
A Place of Service
“Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look out not [only] for his own interests, but also for the interests of others” (Phil. 2:3-4, Holman CSB).
We are told over and over in Scripture to share our faith with others so that those who do not know Christ might have the privilege of meeting Him. We should seize all opportunity to express God’s love. That love can be expressed through prayer, words of encouragement, and acts of compassion. A believer can act alone to address the needs of another, but a special feeling bubbles within when a person joins with others to help someone in need, to offer hope, or to pray for others.
I must have given the original of these photographs to someone – I found the ‘proof’ sheet in one of my snapshot boxes.
Remembering the good times with the Sharers’ Class. We no longer have Nancy Stoffel, Guy Nunnelly, Betty Nunnelly, Charlotte Brenner, Jack Rowley, Jack and Bonnie Thornhill and Marjorie Blessing with us. God bless them.
They blessed us.
Reverend Lonnie Phillips has moved from Seguin FUMC.
There have been some changes – and we have the memories – good memories.
These pictures were probably taken about eight years ago (if memory serves); it was a good time!
Photo Memories . . .
On November 15th, the members of Seguin First United Methodist Church won’t be sitting in the pews in the church sanctuary. Rather, we will be serving in various places throughout the community – BEING the church.
The Faith in Action program was initiated in 1983 with support from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and today there are more than 600 local Faith in Action programs operating in communities across the nation. Last year was the first year that our church went through the community somewhat like a colony of ants (my vision of us last year), volunteering and helping in various areas of the community and surrounding area. At the end of the day, these faithful volunteers limped into the church parking lot for a barbeque dinner prepared by men of the church. Tired and weary – but joyful and with full hearts – knowing the hard work was helpful to so many.
There was discussion in our Seguin First United Methodist Church (FUMC) Bible Study class today about the various translations of the Bible. How many are there?? What translation is the best?? Is there a ‘best’?? I’ve used several different translations of the Bible throughout the years (beginning with the Saint James Bible).
There is even a Rhyming Bible . . .
Thomas Cahill writes
Jews divide the Hebrew Bible into three sections: Torah (the Five Books of Moses), Prophets, and Writings, ending with the Book of Chronicles, which gives a summary of Jewish salvation history from Adam to the return of the Babylonian exiles to Jerusalem in the sixth century B.C. Christian Bibles, which designate the same collection of Hebrew texts as the “Old” Testament, put the Prophets last, because these are seen as prophesying the coming of the Messiah (who for Christians is Jesus). The Prophets then serve as an introduction to the last part of the Christian Bible, the New Testament–the first century A.D. writings about Jesus and his followers. Eastern Orthodox Christians and Roman Catholics admit several books to their Old Testament that are not acknowledged as inspired scripture by Jews and most Protestants.
. . . for where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I with them . . .
Our Sunday School Class was in for a treat this past Sunday. Associate Pastor Ron Welborn surprised us by playing some lovely hymns on his guitar (and the man can sing!). Our long-time pianist, Ruth Morris (90 years old-plus mind you – and a past Miss South Carolina – or was she Miss North Carolina?) has retired from playing in our class. Ruth was so faithful for so many years – always in class, delighting us with her music. Rev. Welborn visited Ruth this past week and he told her he would visit the Sharers Sunday School Class in her honor.
It was a Special Sunday and reminded us how blessed we have been throughout the years to be the beneficiaries of Ruth’s musical talent. God bless Ruth.
Today’s Seguin Citizen of the Day is Rod Stevenson, a member of the Sharers. I love reading about all these gifted and giving Citizens in Seguin – and especially proud that so many are in our Adult Sunday School Class.