Holiness of Heart & Life

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

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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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— 2 days ago
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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— 3 days ago
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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— 4 days ago
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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— 5 days ago
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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— 1 week ago
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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Atonement ==> Discipleship

Atonement was to topic explored at the March 7-8, 2014 annual meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society held at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho. I presented a paper in the Practical Theology group titled “Active Faith That Lives Within: A Wesleyan Response to Atonement”. I am sharing the content of the paper in several posts. The paper continues to be a work in progress. Your…

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— 3 weeks ago
I Am A WitnessTom Lee is a member at West End United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. For the past year…View Post

I Am A Witness

Tom Lee is a member at West End United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. For the past year…

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— 3 months ago
Glory To God On High, And Peace on Earth DescendThis hymn by Charles Wesley beautifully captures the meaning of the Incarnation of God celebrated…View Post

Glory To God On High, And Peace on Earth Descend

This hymn by Charles Wesley beautifully captures the meaning of the Incarnation of God celebrated…

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— 3 months ago
Bear Fruit Worthy of RepentanceIn the General Rules of The United Methodist Church John Wesley writes:
 ”There is only one…View Post

Bear Fruit Worthy of Repentance

In the General Rules of The United Methodist Church John Wesley writes:

 ”There is only one…

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— 4 months ago