Greetings in the Name of Jesus Christ and the First United Methodist Church of Dublin, Texas:
We welcome you to our new web site where we will try to keep you informed of what is happening in the life of this church. We are beginning a new year with a clean slate, I know we will make some errors, but we have erasers in place to clean up our messes.The erasers begin with Prayer to our Lord through Jesus Christ.
We extend a welcome hand to anyone who does not have a church home. We at FUMC Dublin subscribe to OPEN DOORS, OPEN MINDS AND OPEN HEARTS. And to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ: “Go and Baptize in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit and make disciples of all people.”
Jesus began his public ministry in the synagogue of his hometown, Nazareth in Galilee. He was handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah and read:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captive and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Jesus rolled up the scroll and sat down. With all eyes in the synagogue upon him he said, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:16-21).
Jesus announced his mission to the world in the reading of those words. These verses summarize the church’s mission as well. If the church truly is the body of Christ for the world (Ephesians 4:12; Colossians 1:15-20), then its primary task is to be an agent of good news to the poor. And the good news the poor are to receive is not just any “good news.” It is God’s good news of grace, justice, and righteousness incarnate in the person and work of Jesus Christ. This good news is the promise of liberation to those who have been cast aside and crushed by the world. The church is the body of Christ for the world only when it is a herald of Christ’s good news to the poor. The church ceases to be the body of Christ when its proclamation and ministry are no longer motivated and driven by Christ’s righteousness and grace.
Every human being is a beggar, because none of us are capable of earning our way to heaven.
May God Bless and Keep you, Make His face to shine upon you…………….. Rev. Ken Lunsford