We are Christ First United Methodist Church – Loving, Growing, Serving: Putting Christ First! If you have been in church recently, this probably sounds familiar. I hope it does! This is who we are and what we are about.
In our Recalibration meetings, we asked three important questions. 1) WHAT do we do here? Answer: Make Disciples. 2) HOW do we do this? Answer: Go, Baptize, and Teach. 3) WHY do we do this? Answer: Because God has done an amazing work in our lives and we want everyone to know this reality and join us in our journey as disciples.
In order to accomplish this, we obey the great commandment: Love God and love our neighbor (Matthew 22:37-40). We commit to growing as disciples – both individually and corporately as the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:14-16). And we serve one another and the world as Jesus demonstrated by his ministry and exemplified in the washing of the disciple’s feet (John 13:1-17). Through these steps, we seek first the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33) and put Christ first in our lives and in our church. Jesus Christ is the foundation on which this church and our faith have been built (1 Corinthians 3:11) and this is the rock in which we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). We pray that our light will shine in our community and in our world, so that through our good deeds, God will be glorified (Matthew 5:16).
If you are a member of Christ First UMC, take time to ask yourself how you will be involved in Loving, Growing, Serving: Putting Christ First. If you are not currently a member, maybe now is the time to commit to the work and the future of this church.
May God richly bless our work in the Name of Jesus Christ!
Rev. Susan Hadley