In this article, Anthony J. Headley shares the reason for his recent book, Getting It Right: Christian Perfection and Wesley's Purposeful List (Emeth Press,...
One of the things that contributed to the quick spread of Methodism in its early days was the class meeting. Wesley was very intentional...
Christian transformation: a goal oft-mentioned, yet little understood and maybe even less experienced. However scholars interpret the significance of John Wesley’s Aldersgate moment, most folk in the Wesleyan family have heard the story and recognize it as an example of the powerful change that Christ can effect in us.
Whatever your primary discipleship environment is (Sunday school, small group, huddle, etc.), you need to begin to ask: What is your checklist? If you do not have one, how will you determine if your present environment is healthy and working to its God given capacity to further the kingdom of God?
Many discipleship programs prize individualism and leave out the essential ingredient without which discipleship doesn't really happen: the church. In today's article, Steve Bruns shares why we need to leave our Gnostic tendencies behind and recapture a vision for discipleship that happens in and by the church.
Before we can begin to make disciples, we must first come to terms with what the church is. What does it mean to be and join the church? Ancient Christians had an answer, and it pointed to the Nicene Creed: "We believe in one, holy, catholic, apostolic Church." Read more from Steve Bruns as he continues in his series on discipleship and the church.
In the attempt to become relevant to teenagers, many youth ministries have lost the sense of sacredness that properly belongs in all churches. In this article, Jeremy Spainhour reminds us that youth ministry is not about providing entertainment and snacks, rather, youth ministry must reclaim its gospel-centeredness.
Far from being the less gospel-centered ministry in the local church, Jeremy Steele argues that youth ministry is usually the exemplary model of incarnation and contextualization. Read today's post as a response to last week's article, "Why Youth Ministry is a Misnomer."
This wraps up our series on Wesley's sermons for the time being. Listen in on Steve Martyn and Ken Collins as they host a series preaching through John Wesley's sermons, arranged topically according to the Order of Salvation. This week, enjoy "Self-Denial" (Luke 9:23). Check back every Sunday for a new sermon.
How did the early church engage with surrounding culture? In this article Steve Bruns offers illuminating insight from how the early Christians lived a spiritual life and made disciples. It is this pattern that Wesley employed in his own organization of the Methodist societies, and this pattern will help us discover what we can learn from the early Church and apply to today.