CHRISTIAN ACCOUNTABILITY: PERSONAL, COMMUNITY, AND GLOBAL
61 years and still counting, with God’s help!! Congratulation Norland UMC!!
We can and will not take this time in the life of our church FOR GRANTED. It took eight persons who had committed their lives to Christ to start a congregation and here we are today, celebrating 61 years.Scripture and history informs us that what we do for God last forever. It starts with us being accountable personally to God first. This means that we are first and foremost answerable to God even in our interaction with one another. Romans 12: 2 tell us; “Do not confirm to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will”.
First, as part of the Body of Christ, we know and understand and accept the tasks of being disciples of Christ.
Second, we grow in faith, overcoming doubts and deepening our relationship with God, thereby be in true worship together with other believers.
Third, Paul tells us in 1Thessalonians 5:11, (Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing”.
Accountability includes all of the above and more. As members of the body of Christ, we are call to “…faithfully participate in its ministries by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, and your service…). We are no longer about self. We are called to strengthen our relationship with God through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. The Holy Spirit then guides us in making disciples for the transformation of the world.
We at Norland UMC feel very blessed that God has enabled us to continue the work that was started here 61 years ago. We know the Body of Christ not only include persons around the globe, but also a Great Cloud of Witnesses” who are cheering us on and celebrating with us this day!!
HAPPY 61ST ANNIVERSARY NORLAND UNITED METHODIST CHURCH