We need people in our lives to journey with us in order that we may “watch over one another in love” between our Sundays and other times of worship.
John Wesley often said that he instituted bands among the people called Methodist in order to create a setting where James 5:16 could be practiced and lived out.
The Holy Spirit reverses the curse of entropy, of chaos. He renews to counterbalance the fallen state of this world that is headed for destruction.
The more you turn to the Holy Spirit, the more you develop a secure, ridiculous, and joyful hope that everything is possible.
Jesus connects the mission of the church, the reception of the Holy Spirit, and forgiveness. He makes forgiveness what the church, the community of disciples, does in the world.
Forgiveness is reconciliation, the beginning of intimacy with God. That relationship saves us, by degrees, to become the love that has saved us.
Most of us spend our lives trying to search out the dimmest light. We want to be noticed, but not too clearly. Watch the video of Scott Kisker and Kevin Watson discussing the band meeting.
Could it be that the problem facing the church is much larger and more significant than has typically been realized? Maybe the simplest way to put it is that we are all addicts.
Watch this Seven Minute Seminary by Dr. Virginia Holeman as she makes the connection between the trinitarian God of Christianity and the process of healing and sanctification for all person.
In this video, Dr. Steve Stratton describes the process of counseling people in a way that recognizes the unity of persons.