Season Of Prayer

 

Season of Prayer for Evangelism! We invite everyone in our church and community to join us in a season of prayer for evangelism! Each week we will present a prayer focus and Scriptures.

When have you wondered or feared that something might separate you from God’s love? What would you say to, or do for, someone who is facing those same anxieties or fears? How do you imagine that the psalmists and the apostles came to trust in God’s love?

Romans 8:38-39: For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NRSV)

Psalm 30:5: God’s wrath, you see, is fleeting, but God’s grace lasts a lifetime. The deepest pains may linger through the night, but joy greets the soul with the smile of morning. (Voice)

Psalm 51:10-12: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit. (NRSV)

2 Corinthians 1:3-5: All praise goes to God, Father of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One. He is the Father of compassion, the God of all comfort. He consoles us as we endure the pain and hardship of life so that we may draw from his comfort and share it with others in their own struggles. For even as the sufferings of Christ continue to flood over us, through the Anointed One we experience the wealth of God’s comfort just the same. (Voice)

1 John 4:9: God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. (NRSV)


Pastor Chad Beck
Basic United Methodist Church

Week 4 Prayer For Evangelism

We invite everyone in our church and community to join us in a season of prayer for evangelism! Each week we will present a prayer focus and Scriptures.

Do you find it hard to receive mercy or to show mercy to others? What about those who do not deserve it? When we think that we or other people must deserve mercy in order to receive it, then we mistakenly believe that God’s love and mercy are based on merit rather than grace. Brother Roger, founder of the Taize Christian community, prayed this: “Jesus, our heart’s joy, you enable all who live by your forgiveness and compassion to sense the greatest of all certainties: where there is mercy, God is there.”

Lamentations 3:22-23: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Matthew 5:7: Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

Matthew 9:13: Go and learn what this means: “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.

Titus 3:5: He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.

May you be merciful, and may you receive mercy,


Pastor Chad Beck
Basic United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 2447
Waynesboro, VA 22980
(540) 949-8947

A Season Of Prayer Part II

Season of Prayer for Evangelism: We invite everyone in our church to join us in a season of prayer for evangelism! Each week we will present a prayer focus and Scriptures.

We all want to share the love of God with others. How can we tell others about God unless we seek to understand the word of God and then do it? We need to read and meditate on the Scriptures daily. We need to have conversations with fellow Christians in Sunday school or Bible study. We need to pray over the Scriptures and ask God to help us live by the word of God. How might you renew your study of the Bible?

1 Timothy 3:16-17: All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.

Psalm 119: 105: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

James 1:22: Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

Joshua 1:8: Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

 

A Season Of Prayer For Evangelism

A Season of Prayer for Evangelism

We invite everyone in our church to join us in a season of prayer for evangelism! Every Christian is chosen, approved, and entrusted by God with sharing the good news of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!

The church faces challenges in sharing the good news with new generations and multiple cultures in the 21st century. We are devoting ourselves to a season of prayer to renew our spirit of evangelism and to discern the Holy Spirit’s will for our strategies of evangelism.

Each week we will present a prayer focus and a few scriptures. We ask that you daily read the scriptures, meditate on them, and pray towards the prayer focus.

We all want to have powerful and effective prayers. The way to accomplish that is to be in right relationship with the Lord. So our prayer focus for this week is Confession. In order to be in right relationship with the Lord, we need to confess our sins and seek forgiveness on a daily basis. Will you please make it a priority to pray daily this coming week? Below are a few scriptures to meditate on as you pray or perhaps you have other favorites. The important thing is that we as the body of Christ join together.

Psalm 139:23: “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.”

James 5:16: “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

Daniel 9:4: “I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession, saying, ‘Ah, Lord, great and awesome God, keeping covenant and steadfast love with those who love you and keep your commandments.’”

We also invite you to come and pray together in the sanctuary during the following times: Sunday at 9:10 AM, Sunday after our 6:00 PM worship in Spanish, and Wednesday at 5:30 PM.

Pastor Chad’s Post

 

Dear Basic UMC Family,

The grace of Jesus Christ and the consolation of the Holy Spirit be with you. Words fail to express our shock and grief following the senseless violence in Las Vegas. Senseless violence, but not meaningless loss, for each life lost is deeply lamented by our loving God. They are our fellow human beings made in God’s very image. Whenever violence strikes God’s image-bearers, the image of God is violated.

Matthew 11:12: “From the days of John the Baptist until now the reign of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.”

As Christians, how should we respond to (in the words of our District Superintendent Rev. Dave Rocheford) “acts of shocking violence, whether committed by lone individuals, groups of persons, or nation-states?” How do we make sense of senseless violence committed by cruel human beings? Sin belongs to humanity, and our sin is the failure to love.

Violence and injustice are not God’s will. Jesus came to teach us to work together to bring about the reign of God on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10) . . . that is, a peaceful and loving society in which we are living in right relationship with God and right relationship with one another. Jesus, the Son of God, taught us to love one another deeply as he has loved us deeply.

1 Peter 4:8: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”

One of the ways that we express our love for the peoples and families in Las Vegas is to weep with them deeply as we pray deeply that the hearts of individuals, groups of people, and nation-states will be moved toward more love, less violence.

Weep with and pray for the people and families of Las Vegas as you read these words:

 

Lamentations 2:10-11

“The elders of Jerusalem

sit on the ground in silence.

They throw dust on their heads

and put on rough cloth to show their sadness.

The young women of Jerusalem

bow their heads to the ground in sorrow.

My eyes have no more tears,

and I am sick to my stomach.

I feel empty inside,

because my people have been destroyed.

Children and babies are fainting

in the streets of the city.”

 

And yet our hope is found in God alone. To quote Rev. Rocheford, “God through Jesus Christ has overcome the very worst of what humankind can do by transforming our cruelty into his redemptive suffering and resurrection.” Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again and fulfill the reign of God, the eternal reign of love, justice, and peace on earth. Until then, may we faithfully enact the reign of God on earth. May the love of Jesus in us be a beacon of hope in a world of sin. May our love cover a multitude of sins so that hearts will change.

And in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., may God give us “the strength to love.”

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you.

Pastor Chad

Pastor Chad’s post

 

Dear Basic Family,
Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ! My family–Talina, Aaron, Joel–and I thank God for all of you, especially for the way that you have made us feel at home and have lovingly welcomed us into the Basic family.
God is on our side and Jesus accompanies us always! Let that good news never cease to amaze you! As we move forward into the plans that God has for us, we will worship God together and receive the grace of God. We will celebrate our lives together and be there for each other. We will work side by side as partners in the gospel. We will continue building on our church’s faithful ministries. We will   reach out to those in need in our community, and we will make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!
While I may have to make adjustments to my schedule, I currently plan to  be available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for appointments. There is a sign-up on the board outside my office, or email or text messaging also works. If you have immediate needs or an emergency, please call me on my cell phone (434-907-7202) or the new parsonage phone number (540-221-4521). Of course, we’ll have many opportunities to get to know one another better, and I am looking forward to it.
“We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you.” 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3.
May you be blessed, and may you be a blessing to others!
Pastor Chad Beck
Basic United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 2447
Waynesboro, VA 22980