A Case For Repentance

It’s not so much that we wish to avoid judgement as it is we pray to hear the judge say, “Not guilty.”

Luke 13:1-9
  1. Do you believe that you will face judgement one day?
  2. Do you believe in a loving and compassionate God? If you do, how do you deal with Jesus’ teaching on coming judgement?
  3. What do you think of Paul’s argument that sin entered the world with Adam’s fall in Genesis? Is this fair?

About Compassion

Mission beyond our doors and walls. Jesus Christ calls us to be in ministry to all the world. Compassion International is one of the ways we are living out Christ’s words.

The Imperial First United Methodist Church and several of its members and constituents sponsor children through Compassion International. What is Compassion International? It is an organization whose mission is to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.  The organization is Christ-centered, church-based, and child-focused. “Through a holistic approach to child development, we carefully blend physical, social, economic and spiritual care together…in Jesus’ name.” Working through local churches in each country, Compassion International has helped thousands of children in twenty-five countries since its inception in 1952. They work primarily through child sponsorship. 

Compassion International
Pastor Melody passionate about Compassion.

The Imperial church sponsors children in Haiti and Mexico. People in our church family have sponsored children in Bangladesh, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nicaragua and Ecuador among others.  We write to our sponsored children, remember their birthdays, and send holiday greetings. We also pray for them and the money, $38 per child,  we send monthly helps provide for them, their families,  and for their education   They  pray for us and write us letters in return.   If you are interested in sponsoring a child or learning more about Compassion International, please go to http://www.compassion.com/imperialumc or talk to Pastor Melody Newman.

First Sunday of Lent

When have you struggled with temptation? Do you agree that most, if not all, of our struggles boil down to our own pride?

Making a Point
  1. Do you have any Bible passages memorized to help you fight temptation?
  2. How do you resist temptation?
  3. Would you feel comfortable sharing the temptations you have faced in your own life? Why or why not?

Fathoming Our Father

The story of the Prodigal Son is a popular one. Does it help you understand God? What about the creative and maternal aspects of God?

Message on the Prodigal Son
  1. Jesus talked about God as “Father”. The church often does as well but what are some of the maternal aspects of God?
  2. Which brother do you more readily identify with? Are you more like the older brother who remained faithful? Or are you more like the younger brother who had to hit bottom before returning home?
  3. Is the image of an indulgent father figure helpful for you when you think about God? What other images of God help you in your understanding of the divine?