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Being an ‘altogether’ Christian

As Methodists we are inspired by Wesley’s advocacy to be an “altogether” Christian and his model for small groups, or cell groups. This model was one of John Wesley’s most successful ministries in meeting the needs of members and coaching them to grow in “holiness of heart and life”.

At Grace Methodist Church, we put this into practice through the partnership of ordained pastors and laity, by reaching out to the underprivileged and forming Connect Groups (CGs). The leaders and facilitators were trained by the pastors and conduct weekly or fortnightly group meetings, where we worship, give thanks to the Lord, study God’s word, pray and fellowship, and seek improvement of social conditions through the formation of small groups for encouragement and edification.

Through this framework, we see that members are encouraged and edified, and this is where love and affection surfaces. In 1 John 4:10-11, the key to knowing love is not found in our love for God, but rather in his love for us. He sacrificed his son Jesus to die for our sins. Hence if God so loved us, we ought to love one another. If I fail to show love to a CG member, I seek God’s forgiveness and ask him to help me show to others the kind of love he showed me.

I encourage you to connect with people around you. Love for Jesus and love for others always go together.

Richard Tan is the Lay Leader and Local Preacher of Grace Methodist Church. / Photo courtesy of Richard Tan