We’ve been working our way through John Wesley’s Three Simple Rules as way of grounding ourselves and keeping faith in the midst of this crazy election cycle. This Sunday we’re tackling his 3rd Rule: Attend the Ordinances of God. Unlike his first two, this one takes some translation. For Wesley, the ordinances of God were those practices that kept us tied to faith like prayer, reading Scripture, and caring for the poor. These are the ways we live out our faith and receive God’s grace. In short, they help keep us connected to God. This Sunday we’ll talk about how we keep that connection strong in the midst of all the noise and bluster of politics.
Colossians 2:6-8, 12-13 Common English Bible
6 So live in Christ Jesus the Lord in the same way as you received him. 7 Be rooted and built up in him, be established in faith, and overflow with thanksgiving just as you were taught. 8 See to it that nobody enslaves you with philosophy and foolish deception, which conform to human traditions and the way the world thinks and acts rather than Christ.
12 You were buried with him through baptism and raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 When you were dead because of the things you had done wrong and because your body wasn’t circumcised, God made you alive with Christ and forgave all the things you had done wrong.
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