John Wesley’s emphasis on stewardship began with his theological understanding that everything we are and have comes from God. God is at the very beginning of our existence – we did not bring it about ourselves. We are not the creator – we are the created. We did not create the materials that we use to make various items. God has provided us with life, but even more importantly, God provides the grace that leads us to the full life of salvation.
Just as our lives come from God, the ways we use the gifts of life and grace are our offerings back to God. Therefore, Wesley emphasized that both inward and outward holiness matters. How we respond in various circumstances, how we utilize our time, how we spend funds, or how we treat others can be gifts to God when they reflect the holiness of Christ.
One of John Wesley’s famous statements of advice is, “Gain all you can, save all you can, and give all you can.” Why? What did he really mean? Wesley talked and wrote at length about how to carry out this advice. Here is a brief summary of his thoughts:
For the next four weeks we will be involved in a church wide study called Earn. Save. Give. Wesley's Simple Rules for Money by James A. Harnish. I will be preaching on topics from the book, and our adult Sunday school class will follow with a lesson on the same topic. I will also host a study group at the parsonage on Wednesday nights at 6:30 starting Oct. 14. A nursery will be provided from 6:15 until 7:45 for those needing childcare. Please sign up this Sunday if you are interested in the Wednesday group.
In matters of faith, we at First United Methodist Church, Sealy put primary reliance on the Bible. In scripture, we understand that we are all God’s children; therefore, we will be a church that cares for the needs of our church and local community through prayer, deeds, inspiration, and love in the spirit of Christ.
Caring for the needs of our church and community through prayer, deeds, inspiration and love in the Spirit of Christ.
Sunday Worship: 8 am & 10 am
Adult & Children & Youth Sunday School 9 am
First Kids Mother's Day Out
(Tuesday & Thursday; 8am to 2pm; Ages 1-3)
Rev Michael Fraley, Pastor
First United Methodist Church Sealy
200 Atchison Street
Sealy, Texas 77474