Pastor Jon finishes his first teaching series at First Methodist. Reflecting on our call to love our city, Jon teaches from the Scriptures on five of the shortest parables of Jesus about the kingdom of heaven (the mustard seed, the yeast, the treasure hidden in a field, the fine pearls, and the net thrown into the sea to catch fish of every kind). As the church of Jesus Christ, our treasure is not in how much we catch with our nets, but in how with faithfully cast them and live into God’s kingdom where there’s more than enough for everyone.
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
“Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen, such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on earth.” - John Wesley, Letter to Alexander Mather, August 6, 1777
“You have nothing to do but to save souls. Therefore spend and be spent in this work. And go not only to those that need you, but to those that need you most. It is not your business to preach so many times, and to take care of this or that society; but to save as many souls as you can; to bring as many sinners as you possibly can to repentance.” - John Wesley, Conversation with Francis Asbury, Thomas Coke, and others, 1784