The story of John Wesley and his understanding of salvation, which centered on knowing one’s sins are forgiven and the reception of a new life in love, in which we grow in the knowledge and love of God and in love for our neighbor. This is offered to us through Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit; it is a work of grace received by faith.

Foundational

Revival: Faith as Wesley Lived It
Adam Hamilton

This tells Wesley’s story and struggles as well as lays out in a clear way his central understanding of grace, faith and salvation.


Has DVD and Leader’s Guide

 

Going Deeper

 
 

John Wesley: Holiness of Heart and Life
Charles Yrigoyen

A good follow-up and best good alternative as a foundational resource.

 

Recapturing the Wesleys’ Vision
Paul Wesley Chicote

This is the best follow-up resource in that he draws upon both Wesley brothers to present a clear and readable introduction to their faith and practice.

John Wesley’s Message Today
Lovett H. Weems Jr.

Short, covering basic beliefs, the quadrilateral, and the way of salvation

 
 

God normally imparts this new life to us as we participate in means of grace such as prayer, the devotional reading of scripture, the Lord’s Supper, public worship, Christian conversation, and acts of mercy to our neighbors. Early Methodists sought to keep to a set of spiritual disciplines that kept them focused on God and the neighbor, and discussed their everyday discipleship in a weekly small group called a class.

 

Foundational

Eight Life-Enriching Practices of United Methodists
Henry H. Knight III

Covers a wide range of formational practices as well as giving an overview of Wesley’s way of salvation and means of grace.

 

GOING DEEPER: COMMUNITY AND SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE

A Blueprint for Discipleship
Kevin M. Watson

Wesleyan spiritual disciplines

The Class Meeting
Kevin M. Watson

Wesleyan spiritual community

The Means of Grace
Andrew C. Thompson

Wesleyan means of grace

 

Opening Ourselves to Grace
Basic Christian Practices

The means of grace in the Wesleyan tradition, including accountable discipleship groups, in a four-session study with DVD and Leader’s Guide

 

 
 

The transformation of the heart and life in love gives persons the motivation and desire to participate in God’s mission to the world. While evangelism is the heart of mission it is not the whole; mission involves meeting the needs of others, changing unjust social structures, and caring for creation. 

 

Foundational

Transforming Evangelism: The Wesleyan Way of Sharing Faith
Henry H. Knight III and F. Douglas Powe

Describes the goals and means of evangelism in the Wesleyan tradition and suggests ways local churches and persons can embody it.

Unbinding the Gospel: Real Life Evangelism
Martha Grace Reese

Written with mainline Protestant churches in mind, it lays a firm foundation in prayer and reliance upon God as well as providing motivation and guidance for local churches and person.

GOING DEEPER
 

Personal Faith Sharing

Faith-Sharing (Revised & Expanded)
H. Eddie Fox & George E. Morris

The single best resource for learning how to share one’s faith relationally with others with respect and non-manipulation. 
DVD available.

Faith Sharing Congregations

Congregations that Initiate Persons into the Kingdom of God


The Art of Evangelism
William J. Abraham

This is a church study based on Abraham’s more technical work The Logic of Evangelism. Like Wesley, Abraham fears that many evangelistic practices seek decisions or members but stop short of persons actually becoming Christian. So this is a form of evangelism that initiates persons into the kingdom of God by way of six dimensions.  

 

 

 

 
 

The changed heart and life provides the motivation and desire for mission, but the Holy Spirit also equips persons for both service within the Christian community and for mission by giving them spiritual gifts.

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Spirit Gifts
Patricia D. Brown

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

This vision of the Christian life and mission calls for a distinctive style of leadership.