|A Note From Our Associate Pastor: Pastor Marian Royston
| 2 Timothy 1:7 NRSV “…for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.” The world is most assuredly different than it was at the turn of the decade. We now have insight into what life will be like in a world that has been forever changed by a global pandemic. As we weathered the hardest days of the pandemic, we learned to do life and ministry together differently. We learned many important lessons along the way. Although the past three years were undoubtedly tragic and challenging, they also forced us into new ways of thinking and being. Now is the time to apply the lessons we’ve learned as we move toward the future.
Among the lessons we’ve learned recently is that there are ways to reach new people for Christ and minister to others that we previously disregarded or deemed too risky. Now that our eyes have been opened, the possibilities are endless! However, doing things differently and taking risks can be hard. Yet, the mission to make disciples remains before us (Matthew 28:19).
As I have puzzled through all of the changes that are taking place from a ministry perspective, I have found encouragement from Paul’s words to Timothy. As Timothy faced the challenge of spreading the Gospel under dangerous circumstances and potential suffering, Paul told him that God has gifted us with the spirit of power, love, and self-discipline. The Apostle did not deny the danger and challenges ahead; instead, he reminded Timothy that he has been equipped with the spirit necessary to fulfill the calling to spread the Gospel.
We, too, have been equipped by God with everything we need to spread the Gospel in our contemporary society. As we look to the future, we must trust that God has equipped us to move ahead and lean into the gifts of power, love, and self-discipline. I pray that we lean into those gifts together.
Marian A. Royston, Associate Pastor Center Grove UMC
Feb 5, 2023
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