Reaching, Teaching, and Caring
Online Discipleship Resources
At First UMC Cocoa Beach, we are committed to ministering to people wherever they find themselves. Whether you are traveling for work, on vacation, unable to get to church, or living out of town, we have online resources to help you connect with other Christians, grow in your faith, and serve your neighbor in the name of Jesus.
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Zoom Groups, Classes, and Pastoral Care
Pastor Mark's Wednesday night class and some of our small groups offer a Zoom option for those out of town. Pastor Mark also offers virtual church pastoral care to members of the church who cannot meet in-person.
Get the Sermons Online
If you missed church and want to access the video or audio of Pastor Mark's sermon, simply click the link below. You can also get the messages through Pastor Mark's YouTube channel or through your preferred podcast app by searching "Pastor Mark Reynolds."
Online Resources for Reading the Bible
If you would like daily scripture readings to guide your devotional times, you can download apps on your smartphone or tablet that offer various reading plans. We recommend the BibleProject, the YouVersion Bible, and the Daily Office Lectionary apps. You can also access scripture and study helps on your computer. For various translations of the Bible, we recommend Bible Gateway, and for the best helps we recommend the BibleProject. For a more extended and in depth list of resources and recommendations, click the button below.
Lectio Divina: Sacred Reading
As you read the Bible daily, we encourage you to pray through the scriptures using an ancient method called lectio divina (i.e., sacred reading). Here is a simple guide to get you started.
- As you read a short passage of scripture, what grabs your attention? What word, image, or verse speaks to your heart? Close your eyes, and memorize the word, image, or verse in your heart.
- Ask yourself, "What is God trying to say to me?" Reflect on this in personal and concrete ways to discover where you need insight, encouragement, correction, or change.
- Say a conversational prayer being honest with God about what you are feeling and thinking. What do you need to do in obedience to God? Write down a concrete and specific application that you will implement today.
- Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and clear your mind. Sit in stillness and silence with God. It may help to focus on your breathing. As distractions come, simply observe them without judgment, let them go, and return your focus to the cadence of your breath. The goal is to relax into the presence of God without an agenda. To simply be with God.