Living a holy life

Living a Holy LifeThe longing for holiness is not about wanting to be 'holier than thou'. It is about wanting the love of God to permeate all of our life, and for that love to be shown through our lives to other people.

God gives us the Holy Spirit, and when we respond, there is no limit to what the grace of God is able to do in a human life. John Wesley taught about 'Christian perfection.' He believed that a mature Christian can reach a state where the love of God reigns supreme in our heart. We can't be perfect in an absolute way, as God is. But we can be made perfect in love.

However we do not become holy all on our own. Methodists believe in what John Wesley called 'social holiness'. It is vital to meet and worship with other Christians in order to grow in the Christian life and to understand what is God's will for us and for our community.

The Methodist movement began in the eighteenth century when John and Charles Wesley got together with like-minded friends in Oxford to meet regularly for prayer, Bible study and Holy Communion, and to visit prisons and workhouses. It was called the Holy Club.

Holiness is not just about personal spirituality and prayer. It will also be expressed through a commitment to social justice and to enabling other people to become followers of Jesus. 

  • Sign up for e-newslettersKeep in touch with what interests you

Make a Journey of Faith

What is the Methodist Church?
What do Methodists believe?
What happens during Methodist worship?
Can I get married in a Methodist Church?
Can my baby be baptized in a Methodist Church?

Make a Journey of Faith 0213

You'll find the answers to these and other questions in Make a Journey of Faith - a short introduction to the Methodist Church.

Download a free Make a Journey of Faith ebook
 
epub file* Right-click and choose 'Save Target As'.

 

For churches wishing to deepen their welcome to visitors and newcomers, a printed edition of the booklet is available from Methodist Publishing. It is priced £5 (plus postage and packaging) and sold in packs of 50.