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Conferencing: Experience Christian Relationship

Sermon about the importance of being able to be in conversation with one another about how we are living out our beliefs in community.

This sermon is from June 30, 2024, and was preached at Beech Grove United Methodist Church in Suffolk, Va.


12 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. — Colossians 3:12-17

I delve into the concept of "Conferencing" within the United Methodist Church. Holy conferencing emphasizes the power of laity and clergy coming together to discuss and discern challenging topics under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This practice serves as a powerful witness to the world, showcasing the strength of Christian relationships and communal decision-making.

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