Basics in our faith
As United Methodists, we have an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ, the living reality at the center of the Church’s life and witness. To fulfill this obligation, we reflect critically on our biblical and theological inheritance, striving to express faithfully the witness we make in our own time.
Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love God and the second is to love one another. This combination of faith and love is the heart of the Christian faith. Paul stated it this way: "The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love." Galatians 5:6. The Outreach of Locust Grove United Methodist Church is our faith in a loving God expressing itself to our family, friends, and neighbors in the Locust Grove community.
What does it mean to be saved and to be assured of salvation? It's to know that after feeling lost and alone, we've been found by God. It's to know that after feeling worthless, we've been redeemed. It's to experience a reunion with God, others, the natural world, and our own best selves. It's a healing of the alienation—the estrangement—we've experienced. In salvation we become whole. Salvation happens to us both now and for the future. It's "eternal life," that new quality of life in unity with God of which the Gospel of John speak—-a life that begins not at death, but in the present.Salvation cannot be earned. There's no behavior, no matter how holy or righteous, by which we can achieve salvation. Rather, it's the gift of a gracious God through Jesus Christ.
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