Sylvester Stallone was raised in a Christian home, attended Catholic schools and was “taught the faith.” In a 2006 interview he shares that as he went out into the “real world,” temptation came and he lost his way, making a lot of bad choices, including putting his career ahead of his faith and family.
There was a point when he reached back to his Christian heritage. Stallone shares: “The more I go to church and the more I turn myself over to the process of believing in Jesus and listening to his Word and having him guide my hand, I feel as though the pressure is off me now.”
Stuart Shepard, the interviewer, shares another one of Stallone’s lessons on self-reliance: “You need to have the expertise and the guidance of someone else,” he said. “You cannot train yourself. I feel the same way about Christianity and about what the church is: The church is the gym of the soul.”
Being a part of a Christian community means partnering with God to bring heaven to earth, transforming all of creation, one life at a time. One way to do this is through the Ministry Fair, September 24. Please stop by the Welcome Center on September 24 to learn about ways to serve Christ through Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church.
On Sunday, October 1, we will be offering our service commitments to God on World-Wide Communion Sunday.
It is a joy to be a part of this community of faith where I can come and deepen my walk with God in our “gym of the soul!”
Pastor Cathy Johns