Core Values

At Cookeville First, we name four values as core to our expression of the Christian Faith.


Connection is all about our Christian community, where we learn about feeding our souls through being beloved and belonging; it’s about care and sharing life and faith together. By connecting in a holy way, we find a sense of belonging – move to a deeper discipleship with Christ through the church – and then begin our formal relationship with the church through the gift of membership.


Worship is the way we connect our hearts with God through our thankfulness, praise and shared experience. We have two worship services at Cookeville First – our 9 a.m. casual service in the gym and our traditional service at 10:55 a.m. in the sanctuary.


Jesus calls us to be servants, and our goal is to find ways to share in “hands-on” service! Each month we have a special emphasis that allows us to share our resources in a needed area in our community. Along with God’s Food Pantry and our Disaster Relief Team, we have numerous options for you depending upon your gifts and interests.

Learn & Grow

Cookeville First claims a grace-based theology and discipleship. We work passionately to develop our minds toward the meaning of grace and how it works in our lives. The UMC tradition is marked by a reliance on grace as the key to our life as Christians and our salvation. Cookeville First offers numerous opportunities to learn, including an online resource called Discipleship University, where you can find resources to help you in your journey.





Scripture Reading: Paul's Letter to Philemon


From Paul, who is a prisoner for the cause of Christ Jesus, and our brother Timothy.

To Philemon our dearly loved coworker, Apphia our sister, Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church that meets in your house.

May the grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Paul’s prayer for Philemon

Philemon, I thank my God every time I mention you in my prayers because I’ve heard of your love and faithfulness, which you have both for the Lord Jesus and for all God’s people. I pray that your partnership in the faith might become effective by an understanding of all that is good among us in Christ. I have great joy and encouragement because of your love, since the hearts of God’s people are refreshed by your actions, my brother.

Paul’s appeal for Onesimus

Therefore, though I have enough confidence in Christ to command you to do the right thing, I would rather appeal to you through love. I, Paul—an old man, and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus—  appeal to you for my child Onesimus. I became his father in the faith during my time in prison. He was useless to you before, but now he is useful to both of us.  I’m sending him back to you, which is like sending you my own heart. I considered keeping him with me so that he might serve me in your place during my time in prison because of the gospel.  However, I didn’t want to do anything without your consent so that your act of kindness would occur willingly and not under pressure. Maybe this is the reason that Onesimus was separated from you for a while so that you might have him back forever— no longer as a slave but more than a slave—that is, as a dearly loved brother. He is especially a dearly loved brother to me. How much more can he become a brother to you, personally and spiritually in the Lord!

So, if you really consider me a partner, welcome Onesimus as if you were welcoming me. If he has harmed you in any way or owes you money, charge it to my account. I, Paul, will pay it back to you (I’m writing this with my own hand). Of course, I won’t mention that you owe me your life.

Yes, brother, I want this favor from you in the Lord! Refresh my heart in Christ.  I’m writing to you, confident of your obedience and knowing that you will do more than what I ask. Also, one more thing—prepare a guest room for me. I hope that I will be released from prison to be with you because of your prayers.

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