Rules are part of life. Families have rules, schools have rules, workplaces have rules. Rules remind us of the boundaries for acceptable behavior but what they really do is teach us what we value. Sometimes we follow rules because we want to avoid negative consequences, but in a healthy organization, we live by rules because we believe in what they teach us.
John Wesley taught his followers three simple rules – Do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God. He believed these rules would give the early Methodists a framework for how they should live. If they discovered the value in these simple rules it not only would change their lives but might just change the world.
To say these rules are simple is not always accurate. They are simple to remember but difficult to put into practice. Beginning November 10, First UMC will explore these three simple rules in a three-week sermon series about living the Wesleyan Way. We invite you to join us each week as we reclaim our heritage as United Methodists.