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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

Lead Pastor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Our Team

 
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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How can the “Truth Set You Free”?

Written by Ron Van Tyle, U.S.M.C. Veteran
 

In John 8:31 -32 Jesus speaks to the believing Jews and says, “If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.”

 

During this time of year we as a people and a nation are challenged to remember what these verses really mean. What is Truth? What is Freedom? Two different questions.

 

God says in His Word in 1 Peter 2:16, Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; but live as bondservants to God.

 

Freedom must be practiced.

 

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. William Faulkner

 

Have we too much freedom? Have we so long ridiculed authority in the family, discipline in education, rules in art, decency in conduct, and law in the state that our liberation has brought us close to chaos in the family and the school, in morals, arts, ideas, and government? We forgot to make ourselves intelligent when we made ourselves free.  Will Durant

 

We proclaim ourselves as indeed we are: the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world. But we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home. Edward R. Morrow

 

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

These few quotes were man’s thoughts and they give us the need to remember what God’s Word says to us about freedom. 
 
2 Corinthians 3:17, 17: Now the LORD is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is freedom.
 
Galatians 5:1,1: It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. 
 
Galatians 5:13-14,13: You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

 

James 1:25, 25: But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it-not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it-they will be blessed in what they do.
 

 

The only way we can be free is to be totally free in Christ Jesus. ALL of God’s Word is Truth. Christ came to gives us the Truth and set us Free.

 

So as a nation “We The People” celebrate our Freedom’s, let us remember it is because of God’s Truth we are Free indeed!

 

Only though Christ Jesus can we be Free!


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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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Pastor Tony recommends reading:
 

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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