Clarity, Rhythm, and Rest

Pastor Jon begins a short series of teachings anchored around the need for clarity of purpose and rhythm of practice in order to faithfully follow Christ. One rhythm that we often neglect or ignore, partly due to a lack of clarity, is regularly keeping Sabbath rest.  Sabbath is more than just taking a day off, it's about regularly relinquishing the things that are not ours to control.  

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Colossians 3:1-4

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Burning With Love

On Pentecost Sunday, we opened the Scriptures to the beginning of the Book of Acts to hear the birth story of God's Church.  Today, God continues place within the followers of Christ the desire to build God's kingdom and to share the good news of God's love with everyone.  We may not always realize this desire, but when God dreams and we happen to catch it, we will find ourselves filled with the power, poise, and the words to go out into the world burning with love for the sake of Christ. 

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Acts 1:1-21

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God of Answers, God of Silence

Pastor Silverio examines the prayer the apostles prayed before choosing a replacement for Judas. Sometimes we pray and God's answer is clear.  Sometimes we pray and God's answer isn't clear or immediate, so we do our best as we continue to move forward. Both instances require us to trust God fully. Our trust in God flourishes when we have the clarity and rhythm with which to live as Christians in this world. 

 

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Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
Habakuk 3:17-29 (The Message)

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Pardon The Interruption Please

We continue our exploration of the Book of Acts and consider the story of Peter and Cornelius, one of the first persons to become a follower of Jesus outside of the Jewish community.  Pastor Jon provides some guidance on important questions that arise from reading this passage of Scripture such as: "What does it mean that the Sprit fell down on them?" and "What does it mean that they were speaking in tongues?"

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Acts 10:44-48

 

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Unless

 

Pastor Jon considers a story from the book of Acts about Phillip the Apostle asking an Ethiopian man if he understood the Scripture he was reading.  The man replied to Phillip: "how could I, unless someone guides me?"  Guiding people to Jesus is an important part of God's plan for redeeming this world. How can those that live around us come to know Jesus, or hear the good news about what Christ offers unless someone is willing to tell them? 

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Acts 8:26-40

 

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iHope, iPray, iWork

On Palm Sunday, as we remember the mighty acts of God through Jesus Christ during Holy Week, Pastor Jon invites us to consider how we might walk alongside of Jesus and seek to become involved in God's redemptive activity in the world today. The real question for Christ followers is not whether they are optimistic or pessimistic about whether God is at work in our midst, the real question is whether we are wiling to be a part of God's work.

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Mark 11: 1-11 

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Do It Again, Pop Pop! Do It Again!

 

Pastor Jon continues our series of Lenten teachings from the Scriptures and reminds us that God is still at work today in our city.  For 178 years now, the people called Methodists in Beaumont have understood their greatest mission to be making disciples of Jesus Christ that love the city with the heart of Christ.   Today we get to choose if that mission continues or if it stops right now with us.  We remember that we stand before a God that has carried this mission in the past in a mighty way.  Therefore, our greatest work involves praying this simple yet powerful prayer: “Do it again, God! Do it again!”

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John 12:20-33

 

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Look Up

Pastor Silverio explores the practice of providing one another with the kind of Christian accountability that is good for our souls.  We usually think of accountability on the basis of what we've experienced in the many settings we have been in throughout our lives.  In God's family, however, accountability is not a stern lecture but an invitation to come stand on holy ground again.  Here we can find a loving and powerful reminder of God's presence, God's holiness, and our sacred worth in God.

 

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John 3:14-21

 

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A Temple Tantrum

Pastor Jon teaches from the Scriptures on the story of Jesus flipping tables and clearing out the temple. As we seek to declutter our lives during Lent, we learn from Jesus that clearing out sometimes involves sacrifice.  We see this in the early Methodists who set out to be a people who prayed together and served the world in the name of Jesus Christ.  They set out to recover the sacredness of God's temple among faithful followers of Jesus. 

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John 2:13-22

"I am not afraid that the people called Methodists should ever cease to exist either in Europe or America. But I am afraid, lest they should only exist as a dead sect, having the form of religion without the power.  And this undoubtedly will be the case, unless they hold fast both the doctrine, spirit, and discipline with which they first set out." John Wesley, Thoughts Upon Methodism, London, August 4, 1786

 

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Entertaining Angels

 

Pastor Jon talks about the Church's greatest battle for doing ministry today and how we can overcome it together in the name of Christ.  Just like Christ overcame His greatest battle on the cross, we too can overcome the challenges presented by our differences and diversity so that others can encounter the love of God.   

 

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Mark 8: 31-38 

 

From Bishop Scott Jones: A Prayer for Unity in the Body of Christ (.pdf)

 

 

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The Never Alone Christian

Pastor Silverio speaks about the importance of trading in the isolated fringes of life and community where there is only lonely chaos, destruction, and a living death for living in the center of God’s heart where there is authentic community, deep healing, great hope, and true life that is lost in the love of God alone.  

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Mark 1: 9-15 

“He is fixed in his congregation as well as his principles. He is united to one, not only in spirit, but by all the outward ties of Christian fellowship. There he partakes of all the ordinances of God. There he receives the supper of the Lord. There he pours out his soul in public prayer, and joins in public praise and thanksgiving. There he rejoices to hear the word of reconciliation, the gospel of the grace of God. With these his nearest, his best-beloved brethren, on solemn occasions, he seeks God by fasting. These particularly he watches over in love, as they do over his soul; admonishing, exhorting, comforting, reproving, and every way building up each other in the faith. These he regards as his own household; and therefore, according to the ability God has given him, naturally cares for them, and provides that they may have all the things that are needful for life and godliness.” - John Wesley, A Catholic Spirit

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Transformed People Transform People

Pastor Jon talks about the prophet Jonah in the Old Testament and reflects on the ways in which we tell our faith story to others.  We all know someone that would come to church if they were invited.  In fact, 1 out of every 5 people in town that don't have a church actually would very much like to have a place in which to participate in faith practices,  They are just waiting for your invitation. 

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Jonah 3:1-5, 10