After Words - Sermon notes
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August 19, 2018, 4:29 PM

After Words - August 19

Tell about the person who has influenced your faith the most.



Tell about how your faith is lived out in your own life.



Talk about your commitment to the church. How involved are you? How often do you attend?



Talk about the things you do to take your faith seriously.



1 Peter says of all believers, “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession.” (1 Peter 2:9) What are your feelings about this?



God says in Joshua 1:9, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Do you believe these words? How do they affect your faith?


August 12, 2018, 3:14 PM

After Words - August 12

How important to you are other people’s opinions of you? In other words, do you care what people think of you?



Do you feel you have a good relationship with God? Could it be better?



Tell about the spiritual practices you follow on a regular basis – prayer, meditation, fasting, acts of kindness, etc.



Tell about a Christian person you know whom you admire and try to imitate. Why do you admire them?



Do you think there is anyone who uses you as their example? Is it important to you that they do or do not?



The Bible says, “Whoever loves God must also love his brother.” (1 John 4:21) What are your feelings about this statement?


August 12, 2018, 3:13 PM

Moment of Why - Apportionments

Apportionments are vast and complicated and I can only give a simple explanation. For West Ohio apportionments, if paid at 100% by all the churches, would be about $20 million. Apportionments are the money paid by individual churches – Ansonia UMC – in support of both the Miami Valley District and the West Ohio Conference. Apportionments are assigned based on church size and budget, so different churches pay different amounts. By comparison Ansonia UMC pays a fairly small amount.

The Conference goal for 2019 is to have a 10% reduction in the amount requested.


Apportionment money goes to three major areas:

First, money goes to missional work. United Methodist Council on Relief (UMCOR) is funded at 100% so all donations go directly to relief efforts. Money also supports the work of missionaries around the world, and special efforts like No More Malaria, orphanages, and hospitals.

Second, money is re-invested in the local churches through scholarships for those attending seminary and money set aside for new church starts or church revitalization. It supports colleges and an effort called Africa University. There is money for new ministries.

Third, money pays the salaries and expenses of the church leaders and administrative activities – the bishop, the district supervisors, the secretaries, as well as office equipment and so on.

August 8, 2018, 8:49 AM

After Words August 5

Tell about a physical trait or behavior you inherited from a parent.



Tell about something an older person taught you.



Talk about your understanding of what Communion is all about.



Talk about how Communion might be a way to thank God.



Psalm 51 says, “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” (Psalm 51:17) How is this important in relation to Communion?



Paul wrote, “Whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” (1 Corinthians 11:26) What does this mean to you?


July 15, 2018, 7:05 AM

After Words July 15

Talk about what gives you the most stress right now.



Tell about one thing you would like to change about yourself or your life.



In your opinion would you say your life is organized and under control or out of control? What makes it this way?



Talk about a time when you were a victim, a time when someone took advantage of you or caused you discomfort. How did this affect you?



“God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3) God brought order to the chaos of the universe. How might God bring order to your life?



Talk about how the changes you make in your life might impact others in a positive way. Or won’t they?


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