Legacy: The Revolutionary John Wesley
Our legacy as United Methodists is to be God’s love in action. That has been true from the days of John Wesley onward. The early Methodists shared in works of mercy, providing health care, helping the poor, visiting the sick and imprisoned; and works of justice like addressing issues of child labor, grain shortages due to increased alcohol production in 18th century Britain, advocating for the abolition of slavery. Methodists were often accused of mixing religion and politics, which can still be dicey nowadays. God never wants us to turn our backs on the world. As we have been talking about the legacy of our founder, John Wesley, he encouraged us to live our lives like Jesus, who said, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35). Christians who show their love for one another model our Lord’s commandment. This is what John Wesley meant when he wrote: “Solitary religion is not to be found there. ‘Holy Solitaries’ is a phrase no more consistent with the gospel than Holy Adulterers. The gospel of Christ knows of no religion, but social; no holiness but social holiness. Faith working by love is the length and breadth and depth and height of Christian perfection.” They will know we are Christians by our love. [https://blog.umcdiscipleship.org/no-holiness-but-social-holiness/].
Wesley’s idea of social holiness drives our mission work. It inspires us to work on God’s behalf to create the common good in our society, so everyone benefits and is blessed. Wesley’s idea of social holiness is about our being God’s love in action as a church. It’s the tagline we’ve adopted at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church. Join us Sunday as we worship the God who cares so deeply about our world, our relationships with each other and how we make God’s kingdom happen on earth as in heaven.
Rev. Dr. Dave Summers
Office: 602-840-8360 Ext 131
“We invite you to join us on a shared journey of life and faith, open to all, regardless of age, ability, economics, color, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, politics, theology or anything else that might separate us from each other. Whoever you are and wherever you may be on your spiritual journey, you’re invited to walk with Christ in community with all of God’s children, and embrace the endless possibilities of God’s unconditional love.”