“GO!” is a command to action. You cannot follow Jesus and stay where you are. It is not possible. Going requires movement in the direction you are sent. But it’ so much easier to stay. It’s familiar, and often comfortable, to just stay where you are. It is less risky much less dangerous. Yet, it is our duty to go! Jesus’ last instructions before leaving earth included “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Those words of Jesus have been repeated often and have motivated countless Christians to engage in the mission of Christ’s Church. (Matt 28:19) Following Jesus requires more than a heart that says, “I will follow you no matter where you go.” It often requires total abandonment — a commitment to go even if it results in being taken out of your comfort zone (Luke 9:57-60).
Following wherever Jesus goes is seen in your actions, not your words. Jesus’ call to follow includes going to “preach the coming of the kingdom of God.” He sends His followers with the Good News of the Gospel and equips them every step of the way. To stay (or even “look back”) would be much easier and safer but Jesus says GO! Join us this week at Sedona United Methodist Church as the Rev. Fred Mast begins a sermon series entitled “When Jesus Says Go”. Come and see the ways in which Jesus called many biblical figures from the comfort of their own lives to the true joy found in a life lived within the will of God. Come and rediscover the ways in which Jesus, through God’s spirit, may be calling upon you! Sunday mornings we enter the spirit of worship at 9:30 am featuring joyful music, special times of prayer and passionate life changing messages designed to move you closer in your relationship with Jesus Christ and others. Immediately following worship you are invited to stay and join us in our Fellowship Hall for the friendliest and best fellowship time you will find anywhere featuring delicious snacks and great coffee and always friendship.
On Saturday morning August 5th, all men of the Verde Valley are invited to join us for a delicious SUMC Men’s Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. at The Golden Goose Restaurant in West Sedona. Our featured speaker will be our own John Biggers who will share his knowledge on the “Social Principles and Social Creed” of the United Methodist Church. All men are welcomed, encouraged and invited to attend.
We offer a number of book and bible studies: Wednesday’s our Men’s Bible Study at 9am; and Thursday’s our Women’s Bible Study at 9:45am. So many great missions, ministries and events happening at Sedona UMC — Visit our website at us on www.sedonaumc.org and Like us on Facebook. We would love to pray for you! Prayer requests may be submitted online or by calling us at 928-282-1780. We are conveniently located at 110 Indian Cliffs Road off the Back O’Beyond roundabout on Route 179 in Sedona. Come and grow with us!