Dear Church Family,
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus says to those gathered, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)
With that scripture in mind, I’m excited to lead the Passionate Seekers pillar in 2019, supporting the ministries of New Members, Kinfolk, Connect Groups, and Discipleship. One thing I love about being a United Methodist is our focus on living out the greatest commandment, that we love God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind. We know that it’s important to use all three; heart, mind, and soul working together.
Since joining FUMCWP 16 years ago I’ve learned to ask questions, to seek God, and to wrestle with the Scriptures. I’ve found that when we do, we transform our lives so we become Christ-like people who live Jesus’ way of life. That way of life, of course, is the way of love. I’ve also learned that following Jesus can sometimes be difficult, because the second greatest command is to “love your neighbor as yourself.” I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t always come naturally to me! Fortunately, there’s a question I’ve learned to apply as I approach the workday, family time, or any part of life. It’s simply, “What does love require of me?” When I answer that question honestly and sincerely, I know what to do.
No matter where any of us are on our faith journey, we can all come together as passionate seekers, and as one family. I look forward to seeing the exciting things ahead for our ministries as we continue on the journey at First United Methodist Church of Winter Park.
– Bob Atchison, Passionate Seekers Pillar Leader