MESSAGE SERIES || Committed To Christ: Essential Practices of a Disciple

Week 1: Committed To Christ: What Makes A Disciple A Follower Of Jesus Christ?
Week 2: Committed To Christ: A Life Lived As A Praying Disciple
Week 3: Committed To Christ: Study, Being An Informed Disciple
Week 4: Committed To Christ: Worship, A Living Hallelujah
Week 5: Serving To Know Your Gifts
Week 6: Witness
Week 7: Generosity


Our sermon resource provides access to the last six messages offered during worship. Our Sermon Archive provides access to messages offered over the past three months. While these are audio only, you may visit the Rayville UMC YouTube channel for the video version of these messages.

Rev. Mike Palermo
October 25, 2020
Asking the right question, that is the path to truth. Jesus answers the Pharisee’s question but sets an expectation they had not considered. He then asked them a question and it was so difficult for them they decided not to ask him any more questions. What is the lesson for us? What is Jesus expecting from us as his followers.
Rev. Mike Palermo
October 18, 2020
We are seeking to make these essential practices the habits that transform our lives and deepens our relationship with God. And so, it may seem a strange topic to be discussing money, specifically giving, as an essential spiritual practice. Jesus knew that “our relationship with money can either sabotage our spiritual life or deepen and support it.”
Rev. Mike Palermo
October 11, 2020
How does a church “make disciples” much less make disciples in such a way as to change the world? As we continue in our Committed to Christ series, we attempt answering such important questions reflecting on the practice of a disciple as witness for Christ.
Rev. Mike Palermo
October 4, 2020
The Committed to Christ discipleship series has been focused on three essential practices John Wesley called “acts of piety:” prayer, study, and worship. For the remainder of the series we shift to those essential practices John Wesley called “acts of mercy:” serve, witness, and generosity. Today, we are exploring the essential practice of serving.
Rev. Mike Palermo
September 27, 2020
A praying disciple informed by Scripture celebrates the joys of life and displays courage and strength in the face of adversity.  But even for these faithful followers, without encouragement and nurturing, the fire of the Holy Spirit can dim to a warm ember or even a cool piece of charcoal.  Worship is the place to be as one body in community—to praise God.  Being in attendance isn’t enough.  We must be active participants to experience his presence!
Rev. Mike Palermo
September 20, 2020
We are now in our third week of our Committed to Christ message series reflecting on six practices of a disciple of Jesus Christ striving to grow deeper in our relationship with God. Last week, we reflected on prayer as the foundation to a faith-filled life as followers of Jesus. This week, we are reflecting on the practice of study and we are being reminded of the importance and impact of reading the Word of God. An informed disciple leads to a dynamic church.

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Suggested Bible Readings for the Week of October 25, 2020:

Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17; Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46

Bible Verses Theme

Good works are no guarantee of good fortune. God takes Moses up a mountain to see the Promised Land — a land Moses will never reach. The psalmist pleads with God to grant the people a year of blessing and peace for every year they have suffered evil. Paul brings the gospel to the Thessalonians despite his terrible treatment at Philippi. Despite seeking to teach us the ways of life, Jesus suffers question and scorn from those who seek to discredit him. And still, we are called to remain faithful, to love God and our neighbors as ourselves.