Confirmation 201 [Wk3]: I Think I’m a Methodist; Now What?
I Think I’m a Methodist
Confirmation 201: Session 3
September 25, 2017
Joining the United Methodist Church can sometimes feel like we did it by accident. We liked going to church. We liked the people we went to church with. And then, all of a sudden, we’re up in front of the church being asked some really difficult theological questions. This week’s study focuses on those questions and a few more in order to best understand what it means to be a Methodist in action.
To renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil
powers of the world, and repent of their sin;
- What do Methodists think is wicked?
- What do we mean by evil powers? Like Satan?
- What is repentance of sin?
- Why do I need to ‘renounce,’ ‘reject,’ and ‘repent’?
To accept the freedom and power God gives them to resist
evil, injustice, and oppression;
- What is this freedom and power that God gives?
- What is the Church’s role in fighting injustice?
- In what ways are we responsible to seek to reject oppression?
To confess Jesus Christ as Savior, put their whole trust in his
grace, and promise to serve him as their Lord;
- What does it mean that Jesus Christ is Lord?
- How do we put our trust in him?
- How do we serve Jesus Christ?
To remain faithful members of Christ’s holy church and serve
as Christ’s representatives in the world;
- What does it mean to be a faithful member?
- When do you feel like you are at your best at being like Christ in the world?
To be loyal to Christ through The United Methodist Church
and do all in their power to strengthen its ministries;
- If all denominations are a part of the Christian Church, why do I need to be loyal to the UMC?
- How have you felt called to strengthen the ministries of the Church?
To faithfully participate in its ministries by their prayers,
their presence, their gifts, their service, and their witness;
- Which of these are the most difficult for you to do in your life?
- Which has come the easiest for you?
To receive and profess the Christian faith as contained in the
Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.
- When you meet someone who asks you about your religion, how do you respond to them?
- What part of the Bible has proven the most meaningful for you?
- Do I need to be Baptized?
- Baptism is the first step in becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ.
- Mark 16:16 says, “The one who believes and is baptized will be saved.”
- 1 Peter 3:21 says, “Baptism… saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
- It is the first step toward….
- Do I need to do Sundays?
- Community and Disciple Making: Acts 2:42-
- Building Up the Body: Hebrews 10:23-25
- Faith Training Toward Love: John 13:34-
- Communion: Matthew 26:26-29
- Liturgy: Good liturgy helps us rehearse the story in a similar fashion.
- Do these have to be done as a part of Sunday worship or in other spaces?
- So why Sunday worship? How does it develop?
- What Does it Mean When We Use the Word Salvation?
- Does everyone need to be saved?
- What Does it Mean to Be Born Again?