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We are a church family rooted in Christ and growing in grace.

At Wesley Chapel, it is our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We do this by focusing on four areas: Worship, Faith Development, Serving, and Generosity. We live together as people of faith to grow as disciples in each of these four areas.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Our Mission

Serve the Church

When we serve we are being like Jesus. Jesus calls us to serve within our faith community so that we can grow in our faith and be equipped to go into the world to share the love of God with all people. The primary areas of Serve Here are Hospitality and Food Service. Serving at Wesley Chapel also includes other ministry areas such as Worship, Faith Development, and Facility Team just to name a few. There are always opportunities to serve and we would love to have you connected to Wesley Chapel through service.

 
 
 

Serve the City

We believe serving those around us is central to growing in our relationship with God. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we serve our local communities in Southern Indiana.
 
 

Serve the World

We are a church on mission to go into the world and share the hope of Jesus. Through local and global ministry partnerships, we are working diligently to be the hands and feet of God.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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We are traveling this journey of faith together, developing the character of Jesus within, and sharing the love of God with our community.

 

Tony Alstott

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Tony Alstott
Lead Pastor
 
 
Cory Feuerbacher
Director of Worship +
Director of 20s/30s Ministry
 
 
Becky Perkins
Director of Faith 
 
 
Peter Williams
Associate Pastor
In charge of Youth and Mission
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
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Pray For Lost Sheep

Written by Pat McKain

What is a lost sheep according to Scripture? A lost sheep is one who strays away from the shepherd. For our purposes, a “lost sheep” is someone who doesn’t follow Jesus, our shepherd.

 

Scripture talks a lot about lost sheep. In Luke 15, Jesus tells a parable about leaving the flock to find the one who is lost. When the sheep is found, there is much rejoicing. He ends the parable with , “ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.”

 

So how do we pray for those who are lost? We all have family members or people we know who are not following Jesus. We need to turn our grief into prayer! Several things come to mind as we decide how to pray for them.

 

Pray persistently. Never give up! 

 

Pray with hope and faith that they will come to the Lord. We realize that people make their own choices, but God can soften their hearts to hear from Him.

 

Pray that God will bring people into their lives that will influence them to hear Truth.

 

Live in such a way that others will desire the peace you have. Model Christlike living. You have heard the quote by St. Francis of Assisi , “ Preach the Gospel at all times; use words when necessary.” In Tony’s sermon on May 23rd entitled “Bender of Elements: Fire,” he talked about praying, then proclaiming. But you have to get the first part first! Pray, pray, pray!!! Then as the Lord directs, use words when necessary.

 

What if you don’t see results? Continue praying….

 

My mother came to the Lord when she was a teenager. Her mother was a Believer, but her father was not. For many years, they prayed for my grandfather. He seemed hardened and unrepentant. They continued to pray. As they prayed and as time passed, the Lord worked on his heart. Before he died, he confessed Jesus as his Savior. What if they had given up?

 

 I have been comforted many times knowing that our prayers have no expiration date. They continue working even when we don’t see results. They continue working even when we are not present to see results. Our job is to pray and rejoice when the “lost sheep” come home to the Shepherd.


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Sanctification

Written by Bill Amerson

There is probably no more difficult doctrinal concept for me to understand than sanctification.  Growing up in a strong Wesleyan Armenian faith family, I am very familiar with the word.  Sanctification was that second work of grace after justification.  As a kid, twice a year I attended revivals that lasted sometimes as long as two weeks.  On occasion I would attend holiness camp meetings.  I also participated in summer church camp and then chose to attend a Christian college where we had chapel services three times each week.  I heard a lot about sanctification.  Those experiences were instrumental in my faith development.  I heard the message of the need not only to be saved but to also be sanctified.  A few weeks ago, I was asked to write a blog about sanctification.  What an overwhelming request. I am no theologian. 
 
As a young person there was always an invitation to go forward and give your life to Christ or to get “sanctified”.  Sanctification was a moment in time where you could make another commitment to follow Jesus, but this experience of sanctification, as I understood, meant that you really meant business.  It was also called a “second work of grace”.  I can remember the old saints of the church would give testimony to the time and the place when they were sanctified.  I knew those saints.  They were Sunday school teachers, youth leaders, members of the choir, and dynamic members of the church.  What I saw in their life seemed genuine.  I didn’t go home with them or to work with them to see how they lived, but what I saw was a person who experienced a true change.  I had a close up glimpse of my parents who professed sanctification.  My parents were certainly holy people.  I saw them live their lives.  I don’t question that second work of grace or sanctification.
 
Well, what about me?  Have I been sanctified?  Have I been made holy?  We are told in 2 Corinthians that the Holy Spirit transforms us to be more like Jesus.  I certainly am more like Jesus than I am not like Jesus.  Also in 2 Corinthians 7:1 we are told that holiness is the transforming process when we reduce our inclination towards sin and disobedience.  I am a sinner saved by grace, but I still have an inclination to be disobedient or to sin.   I get angry too easily.  Does that mean I am not sanctified?  No, I don’t believe it does.  We live under Grace. 
 
I do believe that when we accept Christ and experience salvation that we start to become more like Christ.  We do not stay in our former sinful state.  I do believe we need to make a commitment to become more holy.  We begin to move toward perfection as Christ is perfect.  We will choose to avoid temptation.  We will make every attempt to respond to the cliché “What would Jesus do?”  We are then moving toward perfection.  We are becoming holy.  We are being sanctified.  I believe that is part of Wesley Chapel’s “discipleship pathway”.
 

Finally, Paul teaches us in 1 Thessalonians 5.  “Avoid every kind of evil.”  Paul says that “we are to be blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  And he promises God’s faithfulness.  So, where do I fit in with being holy and being sanctified?  I just have to trust the promises of God as I try to follow Jesus and desire to become more like Him.  I need to avoid every kind of evil.  Will I ever be perfect as Christ is perfect?  Probably not, but I believe we are to strive daily to be more like our Savior.  We are called to be holy or to become sanctified. 


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Finding My Identity At The Well

Written by Kelly Frost

Have you ever felt lost and in search of something?  When I became a stay-at-home mom, I felt like I lost my identity.  I was no longer Kelly, the passionate educator; I was Kelly the laundry doer, food prepper, unimportant mess cleaner.  I felt so alone.  I felt like if I disappeared no one would even notice.  I was embarrassed and ashamed of the lack of contributions I was making to the world.  The problem was where I was searching for my identity.  It was in my accomplishments rather than seeing my true identity as a daughter of God.
 

 This past year, I completed a life changing Bible study entitled Jesus and Women: In the First Century and Now by Kristi Mclelland.  This study focuses on looking at the Bible through a Middle Eastern lens rather than a Western lens.  The Middle East was and still is an honor/shame society.  Woman during Jesus’ time were denigrated to a place of shame. 

 

John 4:4-26 NIV The Woman at the Well

 Now he had to go through Samaria.  So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”  (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])

 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

 “I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband.  The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.  Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.  God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

The woman came to the well in the middle of the day by herself.  This was a detail I would breeze right by in the past.  However, when you look at this point through a Middle Eastern lens, you know that women usually would have done this chore in the morning hours before the midday heat and that women traveled in groups.  Why was this woman a loner? One can assume it was because of her lifestyle.  She had many husbands and was living with a man that was not even her husband.  Jesus came to this woman at the well while she was by herself in the heat of the blazing sun.  Jesus met her there just as she was, a sinner, and he shared the good news of how He could provide eternal life. 

Jesus confirms to the Samaritan woman that He indeed is the Messiah! This is the first time in the Gospel of John that He reveals this and it is to a Samaritan woman.  That leaves me in awe shows me how Jesus places honor on this woman and her life. 

Jesus places honor on our lives too.  He died to help restore our relationship with the Father.  As a woman, this gospel story teaches me that God wants to meet me at the wells in my life when I find myself feeling ashamed and alone.  This leads me to understand that my identity is as a child of God.  


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A Firm Foundation

What does the future hold for The United Methodist Church? It is the question being asked all around our denomination. What should be the response to the competing visions and notable division within contemporary Methodism in North America? Can we explore the issues confronting us in a post-Christendom era without rupturing our relationships?

This carefully curated volume engages the deep heart questions of United Methodists and casts a compelling vision by trustworthy voices for dynamic faith. Contributors explore the power of classic ideas such as:

The Lordship of Jesus Christ Engaging scripture meaningfully The power of the Holy Spirit The promise of sanctification Living with undivided purpose Fostering dynamic discipleship The gift of the global church

This resource is a useful tool not only in navigating present challenges but in pursuing the future promise for the people called Methodists. The foundational principles that have guided Methodist thought from the beginning of John Wesley’s countercultural movement remain rich resources as we explore what it means to remain faithful disciples in the tradition of the Wesleys.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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