Living a holy life
The 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
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Make a Journey of Faith
What is the Methodist Church?
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You'll find the answers to these and other
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