Conference Leaders Bring Greetings by Video

You can hear from many of our Conference speakers and leaders on YouTube! Go there now to hear from your favorite speaker, workshop leader or worship leader! We’ll be releasing each of these videos on our various social media outlets in the weeks leading up to the Conference. Be sure to share with your friends and colleagues.

And if you haven’t already registered for the World Methodist Conference, what are you waiting for? Space is filling up, so register now, and don’t forget to make your reservations at the Hilton Americas – Houston!

 


Bible Study Leader Highlight – Bishop João Carlos Lopes (Brazil)

Bishop João Carlos Lopes, Bishop in the Methodist Church in Brazil will be the Bible Study Leader on Thursday, Sept. 2, at the 2016 World Methodist Conference. You can read Bishop Lopes’ bio at http://worldmethodistconference.com/speakers/joao-carlos-lopes/.

Below is a video of his message at 2013 Aldersgate.

Article from Expositor Cristão (January 2016).
Translation: Google Translate Service

I will build my Church

Upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18)

We like this statement Jesus made after the declaration of Peter that he was “the Christ, the Son of the living God.” WE too have heard what we complete this statement:

  1. It is Jesus who edifies the church: He said “I will build.” No one — Pastor or charismatic leader, the skilled or the talented can build the Church. Sometimes we are impressed with some leaders. We should be impressed with Jesus. It is he who builds the Church.
  2. Jesus has a design for your church: He said he will build the Church. Jesus’ statement is
    pointing to the future. It is not something that happened in the past. It’s something that keeps happening, and will continue until He returns.
  3. The Church belongs to Jesus: He said “my church.” So if we say “mine” or “your own,” then it is not Church. If Church, it belongs to Jesus. Remember it was Jesus who died for the Church, it was not you or me!
  4. Jesus always protect the Church: Jesus protects a church not in the passive sense, but in the active sense. The church moves, and the power of Jesus attacking the door to Hell (the manifestations of evil), and the gates of hell shall not prevail. So we do not have to be afraid of performing the Lord’s work. He takes care of His Church.

I want to highlight some disciplines that as the Methodist people you need to do as part of  the Church being built by Jesus:

  1. We need to commit to a life of prayer: We need to take practical steps to become more  effective as a praying church. We need to come together to pray. In Matthew 21:13, Jesus said “My house shall be called a praying House”. Certainly We pray individually, but we need to pray corporately also. More than a program, prayer needs become a lifestyle of the Church. Prayer must again be a priority in the life of the church. We can not forget that “it is not by might, nor by power, but the spirit of the Lord ” (Zechariah 4.6).
  2. We need to commit to a life of Holiness: This is the commitment of the people called Methodist from their origins going back to Wesley, and its preachers reached the conclusion that those Methodists had been called to “reform the nation, especially the church, and spread Biblical holiness throughout the land.” Our history speaks about holiness. Our national planning talks about holiness. Our theme for the biennium brings this emphasis: “Disciples and disciples in Mission paths, produce fruits of a holy life.” Everyone produces some kind of fruit. We are called to bear fruit that testifies to the fact that we have been blessed and set apart by our God. People bearing holy witness through a life in the presence of God.
  3. We need to commit to a lifestyle of generosity: Generosity is always the consequence of love. Those who really love are generous. God so loved us that He practiced the greatest act of generosity, giving his only son. Generosity affects all areas of our life: finance, gifts, talents, time. When we plant a new church or a new mission field, it is an act of generosity. A sacrificial act of love – We go out of our comfort zone to bless other people. when we hold a mission. This is an act of generosity and love. When we accept to lead a discipleship group, a class Sunday school, this is an act of generosity. When, in obedience to the Lord, we use our gifts and talents in the church service and community, it is an act of love and generosity. In the Christian life, the lack of generosity is synonymous not only with selfishness, but also synonymous with disobedience and infidelity.
  4. Lastly we need to commit to excellence in all that we do: It is not enough to be generous. IT IS A must to do everything with excellence. After talking about the gifts in chapter 12 of the first Epistle to the Corinthians, Paul begins Chapter 13 saying in use of the gifts, I’ll show you the most excellent way — “love.” Everything we do with love, we make quality and excellent. I said Jesus has a project for your church. His project is to make disciples of all nations. Thus the Methodist people progress, participating in the project Jesus for his Church.

Go Forth in Prayer: HOLINESS, GENEROSITY AND EXCELLENCE.
God help us and give us grace!


From the Program Chair

ONE logo PRAISE multi-color flat NO WORDSBrothers and Sisters in Christ:

The 21st World Methodist Conference will meet in Houston, TX, on August 31-September 3, 2016.
As chair of the program committee, I am writing to extend our heartfelt invitation for you to join us. Our team has worked for months to design an event that motivates conference participants to change the world, and we believe that your presence will be a key to our success.

As you can see in the logo, the theme for the conference is “One.” Organized around four subthemes – One God, One Faith, One People, One Mission – the program will invite participants into a conversation about the distinction between unity and uniformity in the Wesleyan tradition. We want participants to leave Houston knowing what has united the Wesleyan people historically and what God is calling us toward in the future. The conference will begin with an evening celebration of the triune God and conclude with another evening celebration three days later that sends us out into the world as a diverse body of Christ followers.

In preparation for the conference, you will want to take note of the information included on this website. As an entrée into our global conversation, for instance, please review the theological guidelines posted here. They will serve as the primary point of reference for all presenters and participants in the conference. And please check this website periodically. It will host all pertinent information for the conference and will be updated as the event approaches.

We are hard at work in preparation for what looks to be an historic event, and we covet your prayers. The grace of God abounds. Please plan to join the celebration!

Sincerely,

Sarah Wilke

Publisher, The Upper Room
Chair, WMC Program Committee