By Laura Bartels Felleman

In “Thoughts Upon Methodism,” John Wesley shared his hopes and fears for the way forward for his spiritual circulation. the object includes this famous passage: “I am now not afraid that the folk known as Methodists should still ever stop to exist both in Europe or the United States. yet i'm afraid, lest they need to basically exist as a useless sect, having the shape of faith with out the facility. And this unquestionably would be the case, until they carry speedy either the doctrine, spirit, and self-discipline with which they first set out.” The shape and gear of Religion unpacks this assertion by means of explaining what Wesley intended by means of the shape and tool of faith, opting for what Methodist Doctrine, Spirit, and self-discipline have been in response to Wesley, and discussing how those facets of Methodism labored jointly to take care of the power of the Revival. The e-book concludes with an evaluate of Wesley’s thought of Methodist power, and discusses its viability as a foundation for modern Church power programs.

“Felleman takes us Methodists again to the resource of the move so one can circulation our church ahead. She uncovers the targeted form of Wesleyan Christianity via a superb explication of Wesley’s sermons and writings. Then she offers a really Wesleyan prescription for today’s church, wherein we would recuperate many of the non secular strength our church so desperately needs.”
—Will Willimon, Professor of Christian Ministry, Duke University

“Felleman offers a useful advisor to the center of John Wesley’s doctrine and perform, which used to be so crucial to the energy of early Methodism. will probably be of curiosity to all modern Wesleyans who're looking to recuperate the ‘power’ of faith in church buildings that experience retained purely its ‘form.’”
—Randy L. Maddox, Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist experiences, Duke Divinity School

Laura Bartels Felleman is the Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. She has taught classes in Wesleyan theology and Methodist heritage on the seminary point. Her study makes a speciality of British highbrow historical past and the impact that Wesley’s historic context had on his theological viewpoint.

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