In 1703, 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 us, Wesley outlined five steps for spiritual renewal:
- Confide in God
- Compose Your Spirit
- Claim the Covenant
- Choose Faithfulness
- Connect to God in Prayer
This fall we ask everyone in the TUMC community to engage with us in a study of a powerful little book, One Faithful Promise, by Magrey R. deVega. A number of small group study options will be available. Learn more about the small groups >
In recent years, we studied together 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.
Rev. Bobbi Kaye Jones and Rev. David Gilliam