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The church calls our response to God "Christian discipleship." Discipleship focuses on actively following in the footsteps of Jesus. As Christian disciples, we are not passive spectators but energetic participants in God's activity in the world. Because of what God has done for us, we offer our lives back to God. We order our lives in ways that embody Christ's ministry in our families, workplaces, communities and the world.

Jesus responded to questions about the most important commandment by quoting the Hebrew Scripture's admonition to love God with our whole being. Then immediately he broadened the meaning of this admonition: "The second is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself'" (Mark 12:31).

These verses about loving God and loving neighbor as ourselves are known as the Great Commandment. Again and again, the Bible teaches us that loving God and loving neighbor are two sides of the same coin.We cannot do one without the other. Check out some of these ways in which people called United Methodist are making a difference by loving their neighbor through service.