Describing “the Methodist way of living” as being “based on faith not on fear,” presiding Bishop Mike Watson opened the 2009 session North Georgia Annual Conference.
He spoke about the three General Rules of the United Methodist Church: “Do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God” (the last is literally “attending upon all the ordinances of God.”)
For his biblical text, the bishop spoke from Pslam 37:
Do not fret because of the wicked; do not be envious of wrongdoers,
for they will soon fade like the grass, and wither like the green herb.
Trust in the LORD and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security.
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart….
Depart from evil, and do good; so you shall abide forever….
Wait for the LORD, and keep to his way.
The bishop urged the conference delegates to “live the Methodist Christian way with holy boldness” and invite others into relationship with Jesus Christ. “God gives us life — and God wants us to share abundant life with our world,” he said.
Use the audio player below to listen to Bishop Watson’s remarks (26 min.), or download an mp3 (6 MB).
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