Associate Member of the UMC
Pastor Matthew Garrabrant:
The spiritual void in this time of spiritual faithlessness and rejection of God in today’s society and culture can still be filled by Jesus Christ. The United Methodist Church is a denomination that lives in a world of anxiety, conflict and brokenness. As followers of Jesus Christ, the United Methodist Church does not place our hope in this fallen world because the things of this world are not eternal. Our hope is in the everlasting Jesus Christ; God’s only son. Christ forgives and provides divine peace, hope, love and joy that can be experienced on Earth in preparation for eternal life in God’s heavenly kingdom.
So, how does an United Methodist clergy profess the word of God and handle these challenges of the world? I believe clergy are called to be prophetic and to be the light of Christ every day. This can only be done when I stay in the will of God, the love of Jesus and the divine counsel of the Holy Spirit. My faith and trust will always be in the Lord’s holy ability to provide, equip and reveal the divine insight needed for me to be the spiritual leader of my family, the church and the community.
I have given my life to Christ and as God called me to ministry in the United Methodist Church I said, “Yes, Lord, I will serve you by serving your people the ‘Good News, ‘ the gospel of Jesus Christ.” In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus gives the Great Commission,
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
My daily walk with the Trinity is only possible because of that love Christ first had for me and now my love for Christ as my savior who intercedes for my every need at the foot of the throne. Hebrews 4:16 gives me the encouragement I need to lift all things up in prayer, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
With divine leading from the Lord, the holy work the Lord would have me do in the United Methodist Church will be to reach the lost and make disciples of Jesus Christ. My desire is to remain obedient to God personally and professionally by standing on the Word of God which is the light unto my path