In this sermon, Pastor Jamie talks about the invitation Jesus extended to his Twelve Apostles to follow him and learn the ways of God. He also invited them to become fishers of men and to spread the word of God out into the world. The Methodist Church has gone through various phases of actively engaging the community around it versus turning inward and worship together. John Wesley, for instance, preached in coal mines, in the fields, everywhere he went. He was not constrained by boundaries or the “walls” that people sometimes build. He proclaimed the love of God no matter what, for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.
Prelude: “Variations on Wondrous Love” by Robert Lau
Postlude: “To God Be the Glory” by Edward Broughton
Scripture John 3:16-17 and Matthew 28:16-20:
16 God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life. 17 God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through him.
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshipped him, but some doubted. 18 Jesus came near and spoke to them, “I’ve received all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.”