We exist to make an impact. Every day provides multiple opportunities to impact the world around us. We possess circles of influence near and far in which we make a difference. We impact our family, friends and coworkers. We impact our neighborhood and local community. We impact in our nation. We even impact faraway places on the other side of the globe. Everything we do and say has the capacity to impact the life of another – in both good and bad ways. Our impact can be positive or negative.
John Wesley, the founder of Methodism in 18th century England, provided the early Methodists three simple rules to follow in living the Christian life (http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/general-rules-of-the-methodist-church). Wesley’s general rules can be summarized as:
- Do no harm.
- Do all the good you can do.
- Stay in love with God. (We are encouraged to do this by observing the means of grace– public worship, the Word expounded, searching the scriptures, prayer, fasting, and Holy Communion).
As Methodist Christians, we strive to grow daily in these three areas. We strive to never harm those we impact. We strive to do all the good we are able do within our circles of influence. What a difference we will make if we are more attentive to our impact.
What if we strive to do all the good we can do in the lives of our family members, friends and coworkers? What if we strive to do all the good we can do in our neighborhood and local community? What if we strive to do all the good we can do in our nation and region? What if we strive to do all the good we can do in places across the globe? What would all that “striving” look like? Collectively our impact would certainly transform the world.
IMPACT Series and Celebration
Beginning January 29, our church will explore new ways we can impact the world beginning with our families, moving out into the local community, nation and world. For five Sundays we will celebrate Central’s mission work which already impacts the lives of many. We will hear weekly testimonies of lives that have been changed for the better. We will be inspired to engage in new ways of prayer and support. God will invite us to try new things and impact more people. There will be ways everyone can be involved. Like a pebble dropped into a pool of water, even one person can have a large impact.
The series will culminate with an IMPACT Celebration Sunday, February 26. Our missionaries from the Amazon and Uganda will preach in our Sunday morning worship services as we celebrate the good work God is doing in those places. We will enjoy a Night of Worship and World Market Sunday evening. There will be special food and flavors from places we serve locally and globally. We will have a chance to peruse and purchase assorted items from our mission partners. There will be a time to pray for our mission partners and opportunities for children to experience international missions.
This will be an exciting and significant season in the life of Central United Methodist Church. Get ready as together we make an IMPACT!
-Dr. Jan Davis
Central’s Senior Pastor