WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
There’s a prayer called The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) that we end with the words: For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever and ever. Amen.
We do what we do at Alcoa 1st UMC...
“in the Kingdom” Where Jesus is the Leader...
“by His Power” God empowers us to do His will...
“for His Glory” so everything we do is to glorify God!
COMMUNION (THE LORD’S SUPPER)... to remember (ICorinthians 11:24) Christ’s sacrifice for us on the cross. We eat the bread representing the body of Christ and drink the juice representing
His blood that was shed for us. Just as outward eating fills and refreshes the physical person, so also the eating of the bread and drinking of the juice brings the fullness of Christ into the life of
a Christian. Truly, communion is a window through which God’s grace is shone into human hearts.
BAPTISM... by sprinkling, pouring, or immersion as an “outward and visible sign” of the “inward and spiritual grace” shown us by our Lord Jesus. It shouts to those around us of the incredible transforming power of God at work within us.
BIBLE STUDY... because we share “with other Christians the conviction that Scripture is the primary source and criterion for Christian doctrine/belief.” Through the Bible, the living Christ meets us.
TITHING AND GIVING... because the Scripture says “the tithe (i.e. 10% of our income) is the Lord’s” (Leviticus 27:30). We honor God by walking in obedience. As once said, “We make a living by
what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” We are indeed blessed to be a blessing.
PRAISE AND WORSHIP... because God is worthy. Our religion has practical consequences for daily life and society...i.e. we do a lot of good for the community and world, but so does any civic group.
So what does the church do that no other organization does? WE WORSHIP GOD! We have experienced God’s love and over-flow with a desire to return some of the love and affection which God has turned toward us. Worship is the way we act out our love...not only on Sunday morning but all during the week by the way we live out this wonderful life.