Membership Vows Sermon

orange crossLast Sunday, seven confirmands vowed that they would support Abilene First United Methodist Church with their prayers, their presence, their gifts, their service, and their witness. Last Sunday, I announced that I would be preaching on what these vows mean this coming Sunday, May 10, 2015.

I wish that I had made it clear that I intend to talk about how fulfilling these vows helps us to grow in our faith and in our relationship to God in this particular time and this particular place. Fulfilling these vows won’t make you a Christian, but it will help make you a better one. This sermon will be applicable to four groups of people: those who are considering membership; those who have never given a thought to membership; those who want to avoid membership (after all, you can fulfill the vows without taking them); and those who are already members alike.