Genesis 1:26-27: “God created humanity in God’s own image, in the divine image God created them, male and female God created them.” I Corinthians 12:4-6: “There are different spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; and there are different ministries and the same Lord; and there are different activities but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.” When we turn to our Bibles, we realize that those stories have been hidden in plain sight for millennia (Job 31:32, Jeremiah 22:3, 1 Peter 4:9). As Christians, as United Methodists, we must listen to the Spirit of Truth, and respond with integrity. We are able to bravely enter into this process of listening, and faithful response because of the power and love of Christ in which our salvation, our identity as beloved, is assured.
- What is the true reflection of you as you examine yourself?
- How is your relationship with God? In what ways are you practicing acts of piety and holiness?
- Are there some sins in your life that you need to deal with or take the initiative in self-reflection?
- Are you carrying around baggage that prevents you from seeing those that are different from you as your sister or brother in Christ? If so, what are they?
- What actions can we take as a local church to see those that are vulnerable, care for the broken-hearted, and seek care?
- Do you have an accountability partner that can help hold you accountable for holy living?
- Are we living up to the value commitments of The United Methodist Church as stated in The Social Principles and The Book of Resolutions (see page) as a local church? How might we hold our Annual Conference accountable to these commitments and policies?
- How can we build trust with one another?
- Do we respect, care and love those that are different?
- What might we say to someone who is behaving or speaking inappropriately? How are we holding one another accountable for our actions? Have we rehearsed how to intervene?