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“Wesley believed that the living core of the Christian faith was revealed in Scripture, illumined by tradition, vivified in personal experience, and confirmed by reason.
“Scripture is primary, revealing the Word of God ‘so far as it is necessary for our salvation.’ Therefore, our theological task, in both its critical and constructive aspects, focuses on disciplined study of the Bible.”
(The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2016, ¶ 105. Section 4—Our Theological Task)
The congregation of Echo Park United Methodist Church embraces the Bible as the primary source of authority for Christian faith, practice, and theology. It forms us and shapes us as we faithfully seek to follow the way of Jesus and do God’s will in our lives and in our world.
READING THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
We offer the following schedule of Bible readings for those who seek to deepen their understanding of the scriptures and grow in their ability to apply the scriptures to their daily lives. This schedule invites participants to spend time each day reading passages from the Old Testament, the Psalms, the Gospels, and the New Testament. At the end of 365 days, those who follow this schedule will have read the entire Bible – parts of it several times.
We pray that you find this discipline of Bible reading helpful as you grow in faith and wisdom.
SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDY
We gather for Bible Study every other Tuesday evening from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
During the current COVID-19 crisis, we are meeting by Zoom. You can join us either online or by phone. Use the contact information below.
The topic of our current study is The Church as Movement.
Week 1 (September 8) – Introduction
Week 2 (September 22) – DISTRIBUTING
“Movement occurs when the making of mission-shaped disciples—who live in the world for the sake of the world, in the way of Christ—goes viral. Movement is about developing structures and systems that catapult people into mission, where reproducing discipleship groups, missional communities, churches and networks of churches is a natural part of its DNA.” (The Church as Movement, p. 23)
Read Matthew 13:31-32 and The Church as Movement, Chapter 1: “Movement Intelligence.”
Week 3 (October 6) – DISTRIBUTING
“Polycentric leadership requires that we know how to both lead and follow. We say that all good leaders know how to follow, but when people are in roles where they rarely have to follow, they lose their follower instinct. We need to create leadership structures that model the kind of mutual community we’re seeking to form.” (The Church as Movement, p. 53)
Read Ephesians 4:11-13 and The Church as Movement, Chapter 2: “Polycentric Leadership.”
Week 4 (October 20) – DISCIPLING
“Jesus’ primary way of evaluating the local church is asking, are we fulfilling his command to make disciples? Simply put, do we look like Jesus? Does our church cultivate people who live on mission as Jesus did? This is the starting point, but before we invite anyone to be a disciple we must start with ourselves. This is the concept of being a disciple as we make disciples. Discipleship does not start from the stage; nor do titles and diplomas grant us power to lead. Being a disciple others might follow begins with a fertile soul, one that presses into weakness rather than leveraging strengths.” (The Church as Movement, p. 73)
Read 1 Corinthians 11:1 and The Church as Movement, Chapter 3: “Being Disciples.”
Week 5 (November 3) – DISCIPLING
“Don’t be fooled by church attendance. Unless people are on an intentional discipleship path they will not be shaped for God’s mission in the world. Jesus spoke to the crowds, but the engine of his ministry was his purposeful gathering and shaping of the Twelve. It seems like a small place to start, but it’s vital. Discipleship doesn’t occur in sterile classrooms or small group Bible studies. Discipleship is a move toward accountability and vulnerability to learn and practice the way of Jesus on mission. This requires rediscovery of face-to-face formation that creates safe space to be who we are but stretches us toward the narrow way of following Jesus.” (The Church as Movement, p. 89)
Read Mark 3:13-19 and The Church as Movement, Chapter 4, “Making Disciples.”
Week 6 (November 17) – DESIGNING
“The basic tools for starting new communities are varied, but we should never be without praxis. Praxis is the process by which theology is enacted or applied in a real time. We must equip disciples and the communities we form in a full, rich theology that can be practiced. Dead orthodoxy cannot fuel a movement. We need a living theology that captures us and compels us to dive deep into the world with news of Jesus’ arrival.” (The Church as Movement, p. 119)
Read John 17:20-23 and The Church as Movement, Chapter 5, “Missional Theology.”
Week 7 (December 1) – DESIGNING
“We need to recover the simple, timeless and relational ways the first-century church. From a distance it might seem archaic, but when we look closer we’ll discover something innovative, true to being human and necessary for the future. We want to belong to a community. We want to be close enough to be known. And we want to do something meaningful with others.” (The Church as Movement, p. 143)
Read Acts 2:44-47 and The Church as Movement, Chapter 6, “Ecclesial Architecture.”
Week 8 (December 15) – DOING
“Community is the container that carries God’s good news into the world, yet very few of us have experience with living into the shared life of community. So we have to learn about, experience and practice community. Disciples who covenant to a rule and rhythm of life cultivate a hospitable space for others to belong to and a platform for creating a missional-incarnational community. Community brings out of us new ways of relating to each other. Our beauty and brokenness converge as we seek to be the sent people of God together.” (The Church as Movement, p. 171)
Read Colossians 3:12-15 and The Church as Movement, Chapter 7, “Community Formation.”
Week 9 (December 29) – DOING
“The church as movement is not a Platonic ideal. It’s real people with dirt under their fingernails serving their neighborhoods. The movemental church must be grounded in concrete ways. God was place-based when Jesus moved into Nazareth. Therefore our churches too should be place-based, having a vision for the microspaces of a neighborhood, the places where marginalized people, forgotten people, people not interested in a slick worship service fall through the cracks. Movements do not stay bottled up in buildings; they move into the streets. The church as movement is an incarnational movement.” (The Church as Movement, p. 191)
Read Acts 17:16-33 and The Church as Movement, Chapter 8, “Incarnational Practices,” and “Epilogue: Living in Light of God’s Future.”
Participants are encouraged to purchase a copy of The Church as Movement: Starting and Sustaining Missional-Incarnational Communities, by J. R. Woodward and Dan White, Jr. It is available from Amazon and Cokesbury in both paperback and Kindle e-book versions:
Two copies of The Church as Movement are available in the church office for borrowing. Please contact John Chavis to check one out. (213-484-8214 or email@example.com).
To join by telephone, call 1-669-900-9128 and enter the meeting id, 857 5310 4174 followed by the # key.
Wesley creía que el centro vital de la fe cristiana era revelado en la Escritura, iluminado por la tradición, vivificado en la experiencia personal, y confirmado por la razón.
La Escritura es primaria, pues nos revela la Palabra de Dios en todo lo que es necesario para nuestra salvación. Por lo tanto nuestra tarea teológica, tanto en su aspecto crítico como en el explícito, se enfoca en el estudio disciplinado de la Biblia.
(Disciplina de la Iglesia Metodista Unida 2016, ¶ 105. Sección 4—Nuestra Tarea Teológica)
La congregación de la Iglesia Metodista Unida de Echo Park abraza la Biblia como la primaria fuente de autoridad para la fe, la práctica y la teología cristiana. Nos forma y nos moldea a medida que buscamos fielmente seguir el camino de Jesús y hacer la voluntad de Dios en nuestras vidas y en nuestro mundo.
LEYENDO LA BIBLIA EN UN AÑO
Ofrecemos el siguiente calendario de lecturas de la Biblia para aquellos que desean profundizar su comprensión de las escrituras y crecer en su capacidad de aplicar las escrituras a sus vidas diarias. Este calendario invita a los participantes a pasar tiempo cada día leyendo pasajes del Antiguo Testamento, los Salmos, los Evangelios, y el Nuevo Testamento. Al final de 365 días, aquellos que siguen este horario habrán leído toda la Biblia – algunas partes de ella varias veces.
Oramos para que ustedes encuentren esta disciplina de leer la Biblia útil a medida que crecen en fe y sabiduría.
ESTUDIO BÍBLICO EN GRUPO PEQUEÑO