Try It This Week (A Disciple-Making Tool)

Brian Clark


The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

One of the Scripture verses John Wesley most quoted was 1 Corinthians 1:30. In the New King James Version, it states: "But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God - and righteousness and sanctification and redemption." If I understand it correctly, Wesley's aim in preaching from this verse was to exhort his listeners to believe that the fullness of their salvation is in Christ alone.

Our task as preachers of the gospel throughout Advent is not to help others figure out how to survive the holidays or even to help the people in our congregations hear the ancient story in a new way. Our task is "to offer them Christ" lead them to Jesus, to who He is, and to the fullness of His saving and sanctifying presence in their lives.

Before we can accomplish this task, we as clergy and laity alike will need to spend time loving Jesus in our lives. We need daily to dwell in Jesus' presence and to love Him with all of our hearts. Until our own hearts are captivated with the love of Jesus, how can we share that love?

Brother Lawrence said: "Only the blood of Jesus Christ can cleanse us of sin. For this reason, we should strive to love Him with all our hearts." (The Practice of the Presence of God - Second Conversation) This week and throughout this Season of Advent, make it your aim to love Jesus with all of your heart.

Always praying for you and your church,

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