New small group study beginning March 17th 2015. 6:30pm

Residence Park UMC – 4800 N. Dixie Drive, Dayton OH 45414

Do You Know God's Purpose for Your Life?

Gods Story
In the beginning, God created heaven and earth, but He wanted something more, so He designed someone–a person in His own image. Picture the Master Potter shaping that first human form, bending, molding, and stretching this being from a lump of earth, and then breathing life into his body so that he could walk beside God.

Indeed, God had a plan for us–for you–from the very start.

In God's Story for You, Dr. Neil Anderson delves deep into God's plan for all of creation, the effects of the Fall, and the Lord's ultimate desire for redemption and reconciliation with His people. This first of eight Victory Series studies reveals the breadth of the gospel message and how you can become firmly rooted in Christ and set apart for Him. 

Discover who you were created to be in Christ, and how to live a liberated life . . . in Him.

One Response to God’s Story for You

  1. Thanks, Teddy. Good thoughts. On a htirosical and much more pragmatic note, the original purpose of itinerancy in the UM was established due to the frontier nature of the early American Methodist movement. Since every pastor was placed to care for multiple charges, the often had to travel 5-6 weeks on horseback, carrying all of their belongings with them (which wasn’t very much) to be at each church in their charge for only one-two days. Thus, the term coined for them as circuit-riders or saddlebag-preachers. Unlike pastors in a singular settled location, these itinerant preachers were always on the move and preached daily (and sometimes more than once a day) at any site available whether a log cabin, the local court house, a meeting house, or an outdoor forest setting.I don’t bring that up to defend the itinerancy but rather to point out the simple fact that the original purpose of the itineracy in the UM has gone. I, for one, do not see very many of our itinerant pastors traveling daily on horseback and carrying all of their belongings in a saddlebag. As the church culture changed and became more settled, the itinerant form did not change with it. Thus, a form is still being used that is far separated from its original purpose. Unfortunately this is not an uncommon problem in church history.

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