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A Partnership of Faith

The church was meant to be a partnership of shared values, cooperation and responsibility. Our focus on membership in an organization rather than a partnership between friends has cause a serious shift in what we expect the church to do and to be. This week, as part of our stewardship focus, is to change one word in our relationship to God, to the church and to our relationship to both! Based on Matthew 9:9-13

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A Partnership of Faith

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  2. 2. Membership belonging to or being a part of an organization benefits, status, social, privileges Hope Rising Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
  3. 3. Membership = Benefit Hope Rising Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
  4. 4. Partnership A relationship between individuals characterized by mutual cooperation and responsibility, for the achievement of a specific goal Hope Rising Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
  5. 5. Partnership = Shared Effort A relationship between individuals characterized by mutual cooperation and responsibility, for the achievement of a specific goal Hope Rising Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
  6. 6. The Calling As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. Hope Rising Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
  7. 7. While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Hope Rising Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
  8. 8. On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ [Hosea 6:6] For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:9-13 (NIV) Hope Rising Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
  9. 9. “Do not be too quick to condemn the one who no longer believes in God: for it is perhaps your own coldness and avarice and mediocrity and materialism and selfishness that have chilled their faith.” -- Thomas Merton Hope Rising Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
  10. 10. Am I Following? Hope Rising Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
  11. 11. Am I Following? CALLED to a purposeful adventure “Follow me,” and Matthew got up and followed him. v9 Hope Rising Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
  12. 12. Am I Following? HONEST with themselves about themselves “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” v12 Hope Rising Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
  13. 13. Am I Following? CHALLENGED by Christ Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ Hosea 6:6 Hope Rising Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
  14. 14. Am I Following? “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”(John 20.21). We are called to serve God's mission by living and proclaiming the good news. It’s not the church of God that has a mission, but the God of mission who has a church. Hope Rising Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
  15. 15. Am I Following? FOLLOWER: marked by movement, intentional, direction FIXTURE: stationary, unchanging, directionless, skeptical Hope Rising Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
  16. 16. Am I Following? Some people make things happen, some watch things happen, while others wonder what happened. Hope Rising Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
  17. 17. Partners I want to be part of a church where I can discover my true calling, redeem my faults, grow in wisdom and give my talents to God by serve as a positive force in the world both inside and outside the walls. Hope Rising Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
  18. 18. Partners – Moving toward a Tithe “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 Hope Rising Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
  19. 19. Partners – Moving toward a Tithe “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 – Bible Study & Small Group (John 8:31) Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples” John 8:31 Hope Rising Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
  20. 20. Partners – Moving toward a Tithe “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 – Bible Study & Small Group (John 8:31) Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples” John 8:31 – Ministry Participation “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15:8 Hope Rising Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
  21. 21. Partners – Moving toward a Tithe “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 – Bible Study & Small Group (John 8:31) Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples” John 8:31 – Ministry Participation This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:8 – Share your faith with three people! “Everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35 Hope Rising Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
  22. 22. Partnership Hope Rising Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
  23. 23. Partnership Vision I want to be part of a church where I can discover my true calling, learn from my mistakes, grow in wisdom and give my talents to God serving a noble purpose both inside and outside the walls. Hope Rising Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
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