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Tell Me How This Works: Methodism 101


Some estimates suggest that there are between 30,000 and 40,000 Christian denominations in the world. Yikes! Assuming there’s something a little different about each one of these, we may feel like we have some questions. So, what makes a Methodist a Methodist? What’s the difference between a Methodist and some other kind of Christian? What is the whole Methodist thing about? One way of answering this would be to say that what distinguishes Methodism is not so much distinct beliefs (although that’s not completely true) but rather a distinct interest in how the movement of God’s grace works and how we travel this road of faith. At the center of this distinct interest is an 18th century Church of England priest named John Wesley. At the center of what we know about Wesley are his sermons.

From January 10th through February 7th, we’ll share a sermon series called “Tell Me How This Works: Methodism 101.” Sharing so much with other Christian traditions, we’ll explore the uniquely Methodist interest in how the movement of grace and the road of faith works. We’ll draw directly from John Wesley’s sermons as we build an answer to the questions above. Also, be on the lookout later in January for small group studies on the book This We Believe: The Core of Wesleyan Faith and Practice by Will Willimon. If you cannot join one of these short term studies, we hope you will enjoy reading the book on your own. May the new year bring you faith, hope, and love! Bring a friend and join us for worship this month!