First United Methodist Church
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
To Know God and Make God Known
The church is located at the corner of Nall and Eugene Streets
(1826 Nall St. Port Neches, TX 77651).
We are three blocks north of Magnolia (FM 366) on Nall. Parking is located
in the back of the building.
The church office is open Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm and closed for Lunch 12-1pm.
Fridays we are open from 8am-12pm.
CONTEMPORARY PRAISE & WORSHIP AT 9:00 AM
TRADITIONAL WORSHIP AT 11:00 AM
From the Pastor
“(Jesus) said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" – Matthew 16:15
Dear Church Family,
Who do you say that I am? Jesus asked a lot of questions during his ministry (that was how he did his teaching) but I think this question is one of the most profound that came from his mouth. Who do you say that I am? Who is Jesus? Who is the Son of Man? Ultimately it was Peter who answered Jesus by declaring that Jesus was truly the Messiah, the Christ, the anointed King of Kings, come to bring salvation to his people. Upon this declaration the church, the Body of Christ, was built. Who do you say that I am? This past Sunday I brought up another question that is very similar for us to ask. What is our purpose? Does life have meaning? Why are we here? The answer for us, as Christians, is that God has placed us here on this earth with a purpose and that purpose is rooted in the love of God expressed in Jesus Christ. Our purpose is to be disciples, to faithfully follow Jesus, while growing in love through God’s grace that we might love God more and love each other more as well. We are followers of Jesus, saved by grace, transformed through love, sharing that love as we grow in our journey of life. As a church we too must ask ourselves “why are we here?” Who are we as a gathered community of faith? What is our purpose? What do we say about ourselves as a church? Who are we to others in our community? Do they even know that we exist? Why are we here…? You see, we cannot be an active church that is fruitfully producing disciples who are being transformed by God’s grace while transforming our community and the world if we do not know who we are and why we are here. We cannot live out our purpose in the world as a congregation if we do not know what that purpose is in the first place. We cannot be THE church if we do not know our “why” – our reason for being as a church in Port Neches. When people join a congregation it is almost always because they have bought into the purpose of that church. They understand the reason that congregation exists and they want to be a part of that life-giving purpose. People buy into purpose long before they ever buy into the things that a church does. So here is why I am saying all of this. Our mission at FUMC, Port Neches is “To know God and to make God known.” It is a mission that is based upon discipleship…a mission based on growing in our walk with God while enabling others to join us on that walk. That certainly is a good mission – it’s a mission that all churches should have. But...does our mission, our purpose, truly define who we are as a church? Is that truly how we would describe ourselves? Is that how others in our community would describe us? Can we describe our “why” better? Our mission should be our reason for being…it should be why we exist as a church. And with a clear and accurate mission we can become more fruitful as a gathered people of God. Everything we do, everything we say, and everything people say about us should be built upon that true purpose for FUMC. This year I want us to really think and pray upon our mission as a congregation and to then use our purpose to the fullest so that our church can truly make an impact on the lives of everyone in our community. Let us ask the world “who do you say that I am?” and then let us listen to what they have to say.