Confirmation 201 [Wk2]: How Did Methodism Start?
How Did Methodism Start?
Confirmation 201: Session 2
September 18, 2017
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Many church historians say that it was the Methodists and the Baptists who ‘won’ the west. That is to say that we became the largest denominations in America by the way we did evangelism. Unfortunately, many of our members have lost their connection to the origins of our church. This session seeks to reconnect us and allow us to articulate our roots, to John and Charles Wesley’s vision for passionate followers of Jesus who live a life of faith and service in the world.
Did you ever go to church in a different denomination?
Take a moment and turn to someone at the table and ask, “Have you ever attended a non-Methodist church?” Follow up with, “What were your thoughts?”
- Apostolic and Primitive Christianity
- Martin Luther (1483-1546)
- Introduction to Romans/Moravians
- John Calvin (1509-1564)
- Predestination vs. “Hair’s Breadth.”
- Grace is overwhelming but no uncoerced response
- Universal Grace
- Righteousness of and from God
- Jacobus Arminius (1560-1609)
- Free will (paradox)
- Salvation requires an uncoerced response
- Fully Christian (More on this later)
- Holy Spirit testifies in our lives
- King Henry VIII and Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556)
- Archbishop of Canterbury
- More than divorce
- National Church
- One liturgy (high church)
- English Church (see above)
- Anglican Renewal
Who were your influences in faith; either when you were growing up or new to Christianity?
Young John and Charles
- 1703/1707 – the boys are born.
- Susanna and Samuel in Epworth
- “Like a brand plucked from burning.”
- Holy Club “Methodists”
- Aldersgate + assurance immediately changed whole lives/hearts.
- Means of Grace = ways in which God changes our hearts and lives.
When have you felt most sure of God’s love for you?
- The Almost Christian
- Field Preaching
- Justification and Sanctification
- Develops means of grace
- Searching Scripture
- Christian Conferencing (Develops into committee structure)
- Expansion and Solidifying
- Circuit Riding
- Negative Christian
- Good Christian
- Dynamic Christian
- Class and Bands
- Restrictive Rules (attached)
Do you have rules in your life that you would have to be thoroughly convinced before you would change them?
Do you think these are enough unchangeable rules for our denomination
- 44,000 members
- 178 preachers
- 63 Circuits
- Reflecting on Aldersgate
- Wesley’s advice (attached)
- American Revolution and the Church of England
Have you ever had something happen in your life that changed the way you had to live it – whether you liked it or not?
- (Quick note on Otterbein and Albright) – (See Attached)
- Methodist Episcopal Church (1784-1844)
- Christmas Conference
- John Wesley started the church with both African and Woman preachers
- Coke and Asbury (Was Wesley allowed?)
- First Church fight: Bishops and their authority
- 257,000 members by 1820
- 883,000 by 1840
- MEC South
- Over slavery
- Re-merged in 1939 as The Methodist Church
- United Methodist Church
- The Methodist Church
- Evangelical United Brethren
- African Methodist Episcopal (1794 – )
What do you find to be most surprising about United Methodism?