COMMUNITY CHURCH
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
An Ecumenical and Inclusive Fellowship of the United Methodist Church

The Spiritual Life 

 

It Begins With Baptism!

 
 
 
 
 
Through the Sacrament of Baptism, we are initiated into Christ’s holy church. Our Spiritual Life begins with Baptism, it is a sacrament. In a sacrament, God uses common elements — in this case, water — as means or vehicles of divine grace. Baptism is administered by the church as the Body of Christ. It is the act of God through the grace of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit.  Baptism, as a means of grace, signifies God’s initiative in the process of salvation. Being Baptized does not mean we are automatically saved, salvation is a lifelong journey during which we must continue to respond to God's grace. Baptism offers the promise that the Holy Spirit will always be working in our lives, but salvation requires our acceptance of that grace, trust in Christ, and ongoing growth in holiness as long as we live.
 
To stay healthy we must nourish both our bodies and our minds, so often we forget that there is a Spiritual side to life that we must nourish to remain Spiritually healthy so that our journey to salvation continues. We can do this in a number of ways:
A life of faith will enable you to trust God increasingly with every detail of your life, and to practice the following:
G - Go to God in prayer daily (John 15:7)
R - Read God's Word daily (Acts 17:11) - begin with the Gospel of John.
O -Obey God moment by moment (John 14:21)
W - Witness for Christ by your life and words (Matthew 4:19, John 15:8)
T - Trust God for every detail of your Life. (1 Peter 5:7)
H - Holy Spirit - Allow Him to control and empower your daily life and witness (Galatians 5:16, 17; Acts 1:8)
When we practice all of these, we become and remain Spiritually healthy. 
 
 An active prayer life is important to us as individuals, it allows a closer communication with God. Through prayer we thank God for those blessings he bestows on us and also allows us to ask for the help we need to face adversity. We pray not only for ourselves, but for those in need of God's grace. There is an active prayer list sent out via email and also it is included in our "Life and Ministries" every week.
 
Weekly Worship is the cornerstone of our faith, although presented in three different "styles", a typical worship service at a Community Church may include a greeting and opening prayer, time for people to greet each other, scripture readings, silent prayer and meditation, an offering, the Lord’s Prayer, a children’s message, the sermon, special music and hymns, and a closing prayer. Communion may also be served, usually on the first Sunday of the month at Community Church.  All are invited to celebrate communion, but you can choose whether or not you wish to participate.