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Faith in action for Oct. 12

October 12, 2012
By the Rev. Wesley Johnson , Marshall Independent

Wesley United Methodist Church

A transformational ministry in a number of lives within Wesley United Methodist has been the Walk to Emmaus Weekend ministry. It is a movement from within the United Methodist denomination but is open to people of all denominations. It is a 72-hour weekend retreat that begins on Thursday evening and finishes on Sunday evening. The retreat is structured to instruct people as well as strengthen an attendee's personal relationship with Christ. It includes a number of moving worship services that allow Christian believers to grow closer to their Lord. There are 15 talks given by laity and clergy in regards to different aspects of developing a Christian's beliefs about God as well as their faith and how to practice their faith. These talks are instrumental in the transforming process of those who attend. Maybe the most powerful component of the weekend is the countless hours of prayer that go into preparing for the retreat as well as during the retreat. God's love through other people is often the means through which people experience God's profound presence.

The whole experience is truly a Christian pilgrimage. Once someone has attended a weekend, they are encouraged to regularly attend a weekly accountability group which helps them continue their growing relationship with the Lord Jesus. They also are able to help out on future retreats in a number of ways. This ongoing involvement also helps their spiritual growth. The desire of the Walk to Emmaus ministry is to build up leaders for the local church.

I have experience the Walk to Emmaus weekend five times and have seen God do amazing things in the lives of those who have attended as well as my own life. God continues to use the Walk to Emmaus ministry to build up faith and to put one's faith into action.



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