Life Enriching Practices of United Methodists Week 10: Reaching Out The Seventh Practice: Serving Our Neighbor

Selections from the Book of Ruth

Questions for Consideration:

  1. What does this quote mean to you? “The gospel of Christ knows of no religion, but social; no holiness but social holiness. Faith working by love, is the length and breadth and depth and height of Christian perfection.” ~John Wesley
  2. Think about ways you and your church intentionally engage in ministries to care for creation. How is this being ‘neighborly’?
  3. Many problems such as world hunger, human rights abuse (human trafficking, sexual violation etc….) environmental destruction, drug and alcohol abuse, racial and ethnic conflict, poverty, disease etc… are embedded in larger systemic issues. For some Christians, the responsible way to address such issues is direct involvement in the political process. For other Christians, the role of the church is to avoid politics and model an alternative to prevailing values and behavior of society. Where do you stand and why?
  4. How familiar are you with the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church found in the United Methodist Book of Discipline? If you view these as faithful reflections of Scripture and Christian lifestyle, what do they ask of you?

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