At the end of 1 Corinthians chapter 2, Paul defended his simple style of preaching, saying that he spoke a message of wisdom to those who were mature and spiritual, but that his message must be spiritually discerned. As we move into chapter 3, Paul continues by saying that he taught the Corinthians exactly what they needed to know, because it was so critically important, so important it had to be direct and to the point.
Our lives take on a certain direction as we live. There are things we focus on—And there are things we pursue and for which we live. There are choices we make and habits we form, attitudes we develop and activities and behaviors we join in. All of this adds up to a direction for our lives. Many times, people will talk about the direction of their lives changing. They begin to pursue different things, in different ways—Often worldly things in worldly ways.
In our passage this week, the apostle Paul writes to the Corinthian church about their spiritual maturity. He says to them, and to us, that in order to grow spiritually, we must go in a new direction. It may be “new” because it is a change from the direction we have been going—For those who are following God closely, it is “new” in the sense that it belongs to the new life that is found in Jesus Christ. Join us this week at Sedona United Methodist Church as the Rev. Fred Mast continues a Sermon Series “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” with a message entitled “When God Shows Up”.
Sunday mornings we enter the spirit of worship at 9:30 am featuring meaningful and uplifting 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 encouraged and invited to stay and join us in our Fellowship Hall for the friendliest and best fellowship time anywhere featuring delicious snacks and great coffee and always friendship.
You are invited! —To a very special “Valentines Family Movie Night” TONIGHT, February 14th –Beginning at 6 PM a delicious “Italian Dinner” will be served followed by our featured movie. This is a FREE event as always so invite, pick up, and bring your friends and family—and of course we will also have amazing desserts and great movie snacks. A great way to top off your Valentines week!
We offer several weekly 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. All are welcome at Sedona UMC—Come and grow with us!