10:30 A.M. Sunday Worship -- 9:30 A.M. Sunday School (beginning September 23rd)
Blooming Grove United Methodist Church
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

BGUMC Pastor's Page

 

Link here for an introduction to Pastors J.J. and Stefanie

 

Link here for the Announcement of Appointment from Bishop Ough

 

October 2018 - Thoughts From Pastors J.J. and Stefanie Morgan...

 

 

Hebrews 11:1-13 Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. By faith we under- stand that the entire universe was formed at God's com- mand, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. It was by faith that Abel . . . It was by faith that Enoch. . .It was by faith that Noah built a large boat. . . It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home. . . 11 It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child . . , 13 All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were for- eigners and nomads here on earth. (NLT)

The current sermon series has been one that has reminded us of our past. It has been one that has shown us that through the working of the Holy Spirit, that followers of Jesus have found ways to have their faith renewed and ways to share the good news of Jesus with the world. Some of the historical highlights, beyond the faithful people found in both the Old and New Testaments, have included significant dates and people from the first 1000 years after Jesus ascension into heaven to sit on his throne at the right hand of God. Some of those key dates include:

33AD:                 Stephen becomes the first martyr.
67-68 AD:          Apostles Peter and Paul martyred.
70 AD:               A Jewish lead rebellion ended with destruction of their Temple. 
90 AD:               Apostle John wrote book of Revelation and John.
161-181AD:       Christians experience widespread persecution.
301 AD:            Armenia becomes first country to officially adopt Christianity. 
312 AD:            Emperor Constantine receives a vision of flaming cross. 
313 AD:            Emperor Constantine wrote Edict of Milan which made Christianity legal throughout                          the entire Roman empire.
325 AD:            Nicene Creed created to help pass along core faith beliefs. 
367AD:            Scholar named Athanasius defined books of New Testament. 
382-405 AD:      Scholar named Jerome translated the Bible into Latin.

The God of the universe has a divine plan and has called on a variety of people in the past, and continues to call on people today, to be a part of that plan. We are the people today receiv- ing God’s invitation to be a part of that plan. Some of the common themes taught within the individual stories of the men and woman from the book of Hebrews included these key compo- nents: that faith is required, that faith requires obedience to what God is asking, that a person of faith needs to have patience, that God’s promises occur in God’s time.

Friends, God has called us to be faithful and to carry forward the message of Jesus’ life, death, resurrection to our communities. We are invited to share the message of forgiveness and love that is available from a relationship with Jesus. Will you be in prayer these weeks and months to come and actively listen to what God’s plan is for you? Each of us right now will be a part of Christian history. Years from now Christians will look back at us and will be thankful and will be blessed by our faithful response to God’s invitation. God is relying on us to trust all of God’s promises and to live out our faith today for the sake of the future. We are excited to be on this journey of faith with you.