What’s a Methodist? – Part 4 of 4

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A Methodist is a Christian training to love God with all his or her heart, soul, andCompassion 1 mind. A Methodist is also a Christian training to love his or her neighbor as himself or herself.

In this final post of the series I will explore the meaning of how Methodists train to love their neighbors as themselves. I’ll begin with why loving the neighbor is necessary to Christian discipleship. Then I’ll look at the neighbor Christians are commanded to love. Finally I’ll explore the nature of the love Jesus teaches us to practice.

Why love neighbors? The writer of 1 John is very direct:

“Those who say, ‘I love God,’ and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The command we have from him is this: those who…

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About Tom Bolton

I'm a Husband and Dad, an Enterprise Systems Manager at the City of Milwaukee, and a Disciple and Lay Servant at First United Methodist of West Allis. I love working beside young people. As I study the Bible, sometimes I feel moved to work through my understanding by writing poetry. I also am going through a process to discern my calling, and to learn more about Christian Leadership. Sometimes I just feel like writing about something that grabs my attention too.
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2 Responses to What’s a Methodist? – Part 4 of 4

  1. Tom Bolton says:

    The Growing Tree Children’s Center at United Methodist Children’s Services is looking for enthusiastic volunteers with a skill to share and teach to help enrich our summer program with grade school age children. If you love children, have a fun skill to teach (sewing, quilting, woodworking, model building, sign language etc.) and have time during the day on weekdays during July or August to share your skill, please contact Growing Tree Director, Theresa Purifoy.

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