The journey to church may be a new or an old experience for you. It may be awkward and foreign or comfortable and familiar. What are you looking for when you attend a church? Why are you here and what are you asking from God? In this worship theme, we are going to explore three answers to these questions. All are good answers, and all help orient us towards church and God. Why are you here? We hope to see you as you begin to answer that question for yourself.
Messages in this Worship Theme
August 11 – God Bless Me.
August 18 – God Save Me.
August 25 – God Use Me.
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22 times in scripture, Jesus asked someone to Follow Him. These two words carried with them both an invitation to bring Heaven to earth and also a command to release our “fall-backs” and turn our lives over to Him completely. Listen in as Pastor Chris dives deep into what this means for our lives.
Newly appointed Senior Pastor, Chris Bryant, shares his first message at RUMC. Chris shares part of his personal journey and ultimately dives into what it really means to follow Jesus rather than just believe in him. Key text: John 21:15-19
When we abide in Jesus, the True Vine, and allow God to guide our growth, we produce an abundance of fruit that demonstrates our connectedness to Jesus. While many of us want to skip to this step, the reality is that bearing much fruit requires commitment and diligence that is life-long and healthy. Key Text: John 15:8-11
Abiding in Jesus requires being deeply connected to the vine. By our own selfishness or even though circumstances, rot can creep in on us. Left unchecked or unaddressed, this rot can cause lasting damage. If we don’t deal with the rot, God addresses the rot in us through His direct action. However, abiding in Jesus comes with an incredible promise: whatever you ask from Jesus will be done for you. Key text: John 15:6-7
Abiding in Jesus means that we are subject to the care and control of the Vinedresser. As a good vine is pruned and shaped, we submit to God and trust the wisdom of God through it all. Trusting the Vinedresser means that we receive the goodness and nourishment of our connection with Jesus, and it means we allow God to guide our growth. Key Text: John 15:2-3
While our culture pushes independence and self-sufficiency, the life that Jesus sets for us is one of sacrifice and surrender. Using a very detailed visual example, Jesus explains that God is the Vinedresser, Jesus is the Vine, and we are the branches. Being a follower of Jesus means that we choose to abide and remain in Jesus. Key Text: John 15:1,4-5 Images of Connections Click for larger image and description.