“I yearn for a Church that is sold out for the gospel and fully committed to sharing it with a world that needs it so desperately,” said Bishop Scott Jones at the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Third Global Gathering at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia on November 3, 2018.
Jones, the episcopal leader of the Texas Annual Conference, challenged an audience of over 2,500 people to stand unashamed for the gospel, to ponder the amazing work of God’s grace through Christ, and to consider the profound task he is calling us to in light of that grace.
“You see, I am not ashamed of the gospel,” Jones said. “God is always calling us to be vehicles for his grace and asking us to sacrificially serve his purposes in the world. What a privilege that is! I have seen God do amazing things if we are willing to offer our time, our talent, our money, our prayers, in other words, our very selves for God’s purposes.”
Candidly acknowledging the divisions in the UM Church, Jones stressed the importance of humility in our debates and said, “It is vital that we have a catholic spirit. We hold on to our understanding of gospel truth while loving everybody. Catholic spirit is a catholic love toward all humankind. Each of us needs a deeper sense of that love enlarging our own hearts and a greater discipline in practicing it. That love and that discipline come by the grace of God.”
You can watch and download the entirety of Jones’ message by clicking on the play button below. You can also watch and download other messages from the 2018 Global Gathering here. Additional messages from this year’s Global Gathering will be released in the coming days.