Making Disciples of Jesus Christ
Transformation of the World
Because choosing a church family to worship and serve together with is so critical to one’s spiritual growth it is important to offer this Pastoral Theological Position Statement.
In fact, in my opinion as a servant leader praying to lead souls into a closer relationship with their Creator God, it’s essential. I pray that my thoughts shared below will help that neighbor (the friend I haven’t met yet) searching for Christian preaching/teaching they can trust.
Each generation is called (and challenged) to believe in Jesus Christ with gladness of heart and great thanksgiving for His unconditional love; made plain to see on that day He endured state execution by cruciﬁxion ...for US.
Jesus willfully surrendered Himself to that cruel death of His real human ﬂesh so that we might all have the chance of living the true, spiritual life that God the Father always intended for his human sons and daughters.
Leaving His divine habitation (heaven), Jesus, the Creator of the universe, entered our linear time and three-dimensional space of His making to offer this true, spiritual life to anyone who chooses to receive it freely from Him.
This is the never-ending desire of Jesus’ Father and
“Our Father, Who art in heaven... ” because, we were created BY God FOR God, to be beloved sons and daughters in close, eternal relationship WITH God!
This holy promise (covenant) of eternal life through Jesus Christ is God’s salvation plan continually unfolding into salvation history; a history that each one of us plays his or her part within.
All this was ordained by the one, true God, Who ﬁrst revealed His
plans to His very ﬁrst "set apart for sacred purpose" (definition of holy) people, Israel; God's family name.
God’s good and perfect will towards His human children has been conﬁrmed by the Holy Spirit- illumined writings preserved for each generation within the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and Christian Bible (New Testament) proclaimed by every evangelist of the true Church since its birth on ‘The Day of Pentecost’.
That divine, good will gradually manifests itself within the life of anyone who places his or her trust in Jesus Christ. When that trust is given, God the Holy Spirit indwells the soul and makes that man or woman's Christ-like living apparent to everyone around them.
As they live out their lives IN Christ (the
Apostle Paul's literal description the Christian’s position) they become an effective witness for the Lord; giving their personal testimony of His great love and forgiving mercy in every sphere of inﬂuence God the Father grants to them.
Rev. Thomas C. Miller, M.Div., Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church