“Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.”
Powered by God’s transformational grace, you are characterized by one major development beyond the previous stage – the degree of your surrender to Christ. At this stage, you give Christ the keys and allow him to be the “driver” of your life. From the church, you are looking for continued help with discernment of God’s will, you are serving others on your own, and inviting others to join you. You are deeply self-giving and generous.
NEXT STEPS FOR PEOPLE AT THE "ABIDE IN ME" STAGE
1) Deepen Your Spiritual Practices
Reflect on Scripture
3) Live Generously
To live generously as United Methodists, we commit to five actions in our covenant of membership: