Five Steps for a Vibrant & Revitalized Faith
In 1703, Methodist founder John Wesley was born into a church of watered-down, low expectation Christianity. Most Christians saw God as a kind of heavenly vending machine, perhaps granting what we might need or want, but otherwise, staying out of our business.
On August 11, 1755, in a village church in England with 1800 people in attendance, Wesley introduced a new Covenant Renewal Service designed for Methodist Christians to re-set and re-commit their lives to Christ, to be altogether Christian, not almost Christian.
To prepare for the service, Wesley outlined five steps for spiritual renewal:
This fall you are encouraged to engage in the church wide study of Wesley’s five steps.
We’ll be studying Wesley’s five steps in Magrey deVega’s little blue book, One Faithful Promise. Several study and discussion groups are being offered and you may register for them below. If you are unable to join a group, we invite you to read the book and consider Wesley’s teaching as you are able. Copies of One Faithful Promise are available in the church office for a suggested donation of $7.00. Print and digital versions are also available for purchase online.
In recent years, TUMC has studied a number of foundational Methodist principles:
Wesley’s Three Simple Rules or “General Rules”
- Do no harm.
- Do all the good that you can.
- Stay in love with God.
Wesley’s Five Marks of a Methodist
- A Methodist Loves God
- A Methodist Rejoices in God
- A Methodist Gives Thanks
- A Methodist Prays Constantly
- A Methodist Loves Others
The General Rules teach conduct, what we are called to do. The Five Marks teach character, who we are called to be. This year, with One Faithful Promise, we seal all this with a renewal of the covenant, committing our lives to God within a community making the Christian adventure together.