Preamble to Social Principles & Creed of the United Methodist Church
We, the people called United Methodists, affirm our faith in God our Creator and Father, in Jesus Christ our Savior, and in the Holy Spirit, our Guide and Guard.
Grateful for God’s forgiving love, in which we live and by which we are judged, and affirming our belief in the inestimable worth of each individual, we renew our commitment to become faithful witnesses to the gospel, not alone to the ends of the earth, but also to the depths of our common life and work
The Right Order Of Things – Part 3
Our scheduled speaker for this week again is one of our favorites, Rev. Jim McCormick. Jim always has a wonderful message for us. Foe these 3 weeks he is presenting “The Right Order of Things”, his newest book. He is using CUC class as a “focus group” to critique the book before actual publication. CUC class is the first to hear this new book.
Questions to ponder and discuss from Jim’s October 2nd class are:
1. The Wesleyan Quadrilateral lists four sources of information to guide us in our search for Christian truth: Scripture, Tradition, Reason, and Experience. Would you add any other sources to the list?
2. Which of the four sources do you find the most compelling/easiest to accept? Which ones do you find more difficult or confusing?
3. Is it helpful or unsettling to think of the Bible as a developing document, sometimes mistaken in its understanding of God and His will?
4. What do you think of Luther’s assertion that Jesus is the Lord of the scriptures and that we must continually ask the question, “Does that look and sound like Jesus?”
5. Reflect on the affirmation that “all truth is God’s truth and wherever you find truth, you find God”.
6. Do you struggle with the temptation to “preferential thinking” rather than being open to new truths wherever they are found?
7. What are your thoughts about continually asking, “Do I have the truth?” Are you comfortable with a perpetual search, or do you long for a finish line?
Here are Jim’s questions to ponder and discuss following this past week (October 9) lesson:
1. How would you experience of life, your feelings about life, change if there were no God?
2. Are you content with the idea that the primary proof of God’s existence is experimental proof? Do you wish that God would make Himself and His will more obvious?
3. Describe a time when you passed your thinking/feelings about God on to others. How have your thinking/feelings about God changed during your faith journey?
4. One of the most probing ancient questions is: “Is the universe friendly?” What does it mean to you to be able to answer,”Yes, because there is a God and He is like Jesus!”?
5. Is the concept of the Trinity more helpful or more confusing to you?
Be sure to thank Virginia & Stan Thomason and Myra & Julian Belote who are providing the CUC refreshments this Sunday
Sunday, October 9
**86** members + 5 visitors + 1 teacher = 92
Welcome New CUC Class Members
Laverne Lamb and Jan Ligon have officially joined the CUC class though they have both been attending for some time.
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