Epworth United Methodist Church
Thursday, December 05, 2013
The Bible teaches us that the two most important commandments given to all Christians are to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and strength" and to "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Mark 12:30-31). Loving God and loving our neighbors are two sides of the same coin - we cannot do one without the other.
Connecting to God through worship and prayer is a way of developing our relationship with God and experiencing His presence in our lives. These practices also allow us to spend time with God, which is a significant factor in growing to love Him.
Our "neighbors" include many people - not only those who live near us or our brothers and sisters in the Epworth community. They also include strangers, people from other nations, cultures and traditions and even people who mistreat us. "Loving our neighbor" requires connecting with each other on a regular basis, so we will be able to recognize each others' needs and respond to them. We must also consider our neighbors' needs to be as important as our own in order to live faithfully.
Click on any of the links to the right to learn more about the many ways in which Epworth can help you connect with God and each other!