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  • Pastor Jen Wilson

Do you really want to grow spiritually?


Let’s start with “yes!”


In our pursuit of spiritual growth, we often encounter questions and challenges that require deep reflection and discernment. The book, Perfect Love: Recovering Entire Sanctification - The Lost Power of the Methodist Movement by Kevin M. Watson offers invaluable insights into the Wesleyan doctrines of salvation and sanctification presenting their transformative potential in our lives. For Methodists, to truly grow, the heart of our spiritual journey lies the unique practice of creating a trusted group of 3 to 4 individuals who walk alongside us, offering support, accountability, and guidance as we navigate our spiritual journey. This intimate group is called a band in Methodism. Sounds good so far…right? Maybe you always wanted to be part of a band!


Perfect Love is the title for our Spring sermon series. We will explore the profound truths of Wesleyan theology and their relevance for our lives today. The controversial concept of entire sanctification challenges us to pursue perfect love for God and others, embracing a life marked by holiness of heart and commitment to holy living. This doctrine prompts us to ask ourselves: How can you surrender more fully to God's sanctifying grace? What areas of your life need to be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit? What temptations are you dealing with? What sin do you struggle with?


One of the most compelling challenges of "Perfect Love" is its emphasis on the practice of creating accountability partners or what John Wesley termed ‘bands’ as a personal tool for spiritual growth and transformation. Within these intimate circles of trust, we are invited to wrestle with the questions that matter most and seek Godly instruction, wisdom and discernment with trusted companions on the journey. Together, we search the depths of our faith, confront our sins, doubts and fears, talk about the obstacles that get in the way of truly trusting God and hopefully learn how to give our all to our Lord while we celebrate the victories and breakthroughs along the way.


Maybe you’re curious about what’s happening with the Global Methodist Church. Others of you are on a quest for deeper meaning and spiritual purpose in your life. Attending worship and creating your own band could be just the spark you need on this journey. Picture this: a vibrant community of distinct individuals, all coming together to explore faith, share struggles, and celebrate victories. In worship, I pray you'll find inspiration, guidance, and a sense of belonging that goes beyond surface-level interactions. And by forming your own band, you'll have a close-knit group of peers who will walk alongside you, offering support, accountability, and genuine friendship as you navigate life's twists and turns. So, why not take a leap of faith? Join us Sundays through April and May, and let's embark on this adventure together.


Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NLT



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