Holiness of Heart & Life

A conversation about discipleship, theology, and mission in the Wesleyan tradition.

Wesleyan Leadership Conference to Reconnect Leaders with Baptismal Living

Wesleyan Leadership Conference to Reconnect Leaders with Baptismal Living

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee /GBOD/ – Lay and clergy leaders will explore baptismal living and disciple-making in the Wesleyan tradition through prayer, scripture, worship and interactive experiences at the 2014 Wesleyan Leadership Conference in October.

The conference, entitled Leaders Living (and Dying) Baptismally, is scheduled for Oct. 23-25 at the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) in Nashville.

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Discipleship & Disciple-making in the Wesleyan Tradition

Discipleship & Disciple-making in the Wesleyan Tradition

Who is a disciple of Jesus Christ? How are disciples made?rembrandt emmaus

The answers to these questions are found in Scripture, the Baptismal Covenant, and the General Rules.

Jesus describes the nature of discipleship in all the synoptic gospels by saying:

“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).

John Wesley preferred Luke’s version

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Beware of Schism

Given the recent release of a press release from a group of 80 large congregationJWmonogrampastors and theologians, I thought it instructive to look at what John Wesley has to say about schism. In my reading of this group of 80′s statement they are clearly calling for the schism of the church. It seems to me this is an incredibly irresponsible and selfish response to the current state of The United…

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Acts of Justice

Justice is a word we hear often. It is used a lot with regard to crime and justice
punishment. Justice, in this context, often means punishment and revenge; punishment for crimes committed; vengeance for the victims who have suffered loss and injury. While this popular understanding of justice has its place, it is not the justice we find in the Bible.

God’s idea of justice is different from our human…

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A Contemporary model: Covenant Discipleship

Today we have a contemporary model of the class meeting in Covenant Dali CrucifixionDiscipleship groups. A group consists of 5-7 people who are willing to be accountable for their discipleship. They agree to meet weekly for one hour. The group’s life is shaped by the General Rule of Discipleship:

To witness to Jesus Christ in the world, and to follow his teachings…

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Atonement and the Method of Methodism-Part 4: Following Jesus

Atonement and the Method of Methodism-Part 4: Following Jesus

Following Jesus:
The Wesleyan Way of Discipleship

The Wesleyan tradition provides a powerful compass heading for following Dali CrucifixionJesus (the third ingredient of Jesus’ recipe for discipleship in Luke 9:23). The engine of Methodism was the compulsory small groups known as class meetings. The Wesleyan “Rule of Life”—The General Rules—provided guidance for living the “cross-bearing” life that is the way of…

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Atonement and the Method of Methodism-Part 3: Cross-Bearing

Atonement and the Method of Methodism-Part 3: Cross-Bearing

Cross-Bearing

Jesus tells those who want to be his followers to “take up your cross daily.” Dali CrucifixionChristian life is cross-bearing because it is centered in God’s love revealed in Jesus’ death on the cross. The cross we are to take up is daily obedience to his teachings summarized in Matthew 22:37-40:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.”…

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Atonement and The Method of Methodism-Part 2: Self-Denial

Atonement and The Method of Methodism-Part 2: Self-Denial

John Wesley believed Jesus clearly stated the responsibility that comes with the Dali Crucifixionblessing of his atonement in Luke 9:23

“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”

This verse describes the “method” of Methodism in a nutshell. Versions of this saying are found in all three synoptic gospels. Wesley was drawn to Luke’s version because…

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Atonement and The Method of Methodism (Part 1)

Atonement and The Method of Methodism (Part 1)

John and Charles Wesley knew the way people came to faith in Christ was Dali Crucifixionthrough relationships with people who love God and are striving to grow in holiness of heart and life. The early Methodist societies were communities centered in the crucified and risen Jesus Christ. Their mission was to introduce people to Jesus, teach them how to follow him, provide the accountability and support needed to…

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Atonement & The Relational God

Atonement & The Relational God

The following is part 2 of several posts based upon a paper I presented at the Wesleyan Theological Society annual meeting on March 7.

Atonement is central to the gospel of Jesus Christ because God is love (1 John Dali Crucifixion4:16). Love is a relationship characterized by giving the self to and for another person. This love is described by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient; love is…

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