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Not Just Part of It

November 27, 2017

“I want the whole Christ for my Savior,

the whole Bible for my book, 

the whole church for my fellowship, 

and the whole world for my mission field.”

— John Wesley

Mr. Wesley is credited with starting what is now The United Methodist Church.

We’re sometimes accused of being inclusive.

Some critics even use that word as if it were a bad thing, going so far as to say we’re too inclusive.

Wonder what John Wesley would say?

“I want the whole Christ for my Savior,” John Wesley said, “the whole Bible for my book, the whole church for my fellowship, and the whole world for my mission field.”

And more importantly, what would Christ Jesus say?  “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: ‘We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’

For John (the baptizer) came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’

The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”

Then he would invite us, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

How do I know that’s what Jesus would say, and that he would invite us who are “weary and burdened”? Because Jesus said all that in Matthew 11.

And I’m glad, aren’t you?

Good stuff! See you back here tomorrow.

Meanwhile —

“I want the whole Christ for my Savior,
the whole Bible for my book, 
the whole church for my fellowship, 
and the whole world for my mission field.”
— John Wesley

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