Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
Annandale United Methodist
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
To generously share God's love with everyone we meet

Baker's Yeast

One of the main messages Jesus shares with us is simple.  It is, Repent.  OK, so it is only one word long, but is it really that simple?  I don’t think so.  If it was, we would all be doing it.  What does the word repent mean anyway? 

Repent is a word that means to turn things around, to go in a new direction.  To repent means to make a choice, to try to do things differently.  And we do that for the best of reasons.  Because going in the direction we are going, isn’t getting us anywhere. At least it is not getting us to the places we want to be.  

I want to be the best “Jesus follower” I can possibly be.  I think you want that for yourself as well. And the truth is we have been doing pretty well, haven’t we?  But, just like anything else in life, we could always do better. 

In worship and in class this October, I would like to share five helpful hints about ways we can grow a little more deeply in our faith.  And hopefully these five helpful hints will give you a little inspiration to live your life more productively, more meaningfully, more faithfully. That is what Jesus wants for us. That is why he asked us to repent.

As we examine the stories in scripture this coming month, we pray that Christ would guide us to better live out the three gospel imperatives that our church is focusing on this year.  (These are good goals for any year.)
Grow in love of God and neighbor (The great Commandment) Matthew 22:37-40
Reach new people (The great Commission) Matthew 28:19-20
Heal a broken world (The Great Proclamation) Luke 4:16-21

May the Spirit of Christ guide us, as we seek to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to the Lord.  I’ll see you in worship, if not before.  May God’s Kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven, and have a blessed day!

Pastor Paul D. Baker