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Are you looking for a place to belong? You’ll receive a warm welcome at Richmond United Methodist Church.

We are a church dedicated to Jesus Christ. We are committed to outreach and to minister in His name.

There is an array of family oriented ministries providing opportunities for children, youth, and adults to grow in faith, to enjoy Christian friendship, and to serve Christ.

There is a place for you at Richmond United Methodist Church.

 

 

Gaston Fam._-107-Edit  A Note From Pastor Georgette 

Throughout my life in faith, I’ve struggled with the concept of fear and God. Fear and faith seem to be at odds with one another. Yet, throughout scripture, faithful followers of God, feared him. What does it mean to fear God? In the apocryphal (the Apocrypha is part of the Catholic Bible, wisdom literature that isn’t part of the Bible as we know it today) book of Sirach, “the fear of God” is constant! Page after page, chapter after chapter, speak endlessly about fear. The fear of God  is almost always related to two things, wisdom and knowledge. Psalm 111:10 CEB says, Fear of the Lord is where wisdom begins; sure knowledge is for all who keep God’s laws. Law…another word we struggle with as Christ followers. If Jesus died and was resurrected to “set us free” why is God’s Law so important?

Proverbs 1:7 MSG says, Start with God—the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning. Sometimes we get so wrapped up with right knowledge, we miss the presence of Christ in our lives, the deeper spiritual truth. Sometimes “spirituality” clouds the mind God gave us, we exchange God’s truth for something more palatable.

As I’ve wrestled, pondered, studied and prayed, I’ve come to the conclusion that the “fear of the Lord” is different than the fear we all face everyday. Everyday fear is a negative emotion that, when left unchecked leaves us feeling alone, helpless and sometimes even hopeless. But fear of the Lord produces the opposite outcome. Appropriate, healthy fear of God compels us to learn of God’s goodness. To fear God, is to be faithful and obedient to Christ, who was faithful and obedient to his Father. To fear God is to be a learner, lover, of God’s law of love.

1 John 4:18 CEB says, There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear expects punishment. The person who is afraid has not been made perfect in love. I don’t know about you, but I want to learn to love like that! To become so full of Christ that we fearlessly serve God with all of our heart, mind and soul. This kind of fearless love transforms not only our own heart and mind, but our community and the world around us. To fear God, is to be afraid of what will happen in our lives, what will happen in God’s good creation, if we don’t fear him! Scripture teaches that Godly fear is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom. Fearing God transforms our lives of fear into fearless, faithful, fruitful followers of Jesus. Don’t be foolish, Jesus has set us free. Fear the Lord, Beloved!

Agape, PG