What does it mean to be United Methodist? What makes the United Methodist Church unique? John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Movement, held a unique theological viewpoint that shaped the world in a profound way.
Wesley’s movement focused on personal and social holiness. It was a movement that grew rapidly as people first began meeting in private homes called ‘societies.’ When the societies became too large for members to care for one another, Wesley organized ‘classes’ each with 11 members and a leader. These classes met weekly to pray, read scripture, discuss their spiritual lives and collected money for the poor. As the movement grew, so did its critics. They called Wesley and his followers ‘Methodist’ because of the methodical way they practiced their faith. The movement would continue to grow throughout Wesley’s life and he produced rich history of sermons and theological ideals. It’s Wesley’s World, we’re just living in it.
James 2:1-7 and 14-17
“Grace Upon Grace”
John 1: 16
“Bring it all”
2 Timothy 3:14–17
Five Means of Grace: Experience God’s Love the Wesleyan Way
by: Mike Slaughter
Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Way of Living
by: Ruben P. Job, illustrated edition
Being United Methodist in the Bible Belt: A Theological Survival Guide for youth, Parents, and Other Confused United Methodists.
by: F. Belton Joyner, Jr.
Wesley for Armchair Theologians
by: William J. Abraham
A Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials (Revised Edition). Nashville: Abingdon Press
by: Ted Campbell
Engaging the Word
by Jaime Clark-Soles
The Band Meeting: Rediscovering Relational Discipleship in Transformational Community
by: Watson, Kevin M. and Scott T. Kisker