Legacy: The Revolutionary John Wesley

United Methodists were truly methodical from the very beginning. The denomination started as a small group of college students at Oxford University who wanted a stronger life of faith. They met weekly to challenge one another in pursuit of this goal. They began to meet several times a week, then daily. When John Wesley, who was a part of the initial group, began his revival movement and large crowds came to hear him preach he wanted a way for people to step into a life of faith, not simply hear a good sermon and then go home. Wesley began his class meetings with 10-12 new Methodists gathering each week. Their purpose was to intentionally build a life in God. The experience was positively transformative. Lives were changed. People’s problems, sins and bad behavior were addressed. Those struggling were helped. So how does all that happen for you, building a life in God? I think it is a bit different for each of us, but God invites us to construct a life of faith, layered with grace, build upon our experience of God and our spiritual practices that help us to notice and receive the presence of God.

Wesley also believed in sanctification, on becoming more holy. In his own distinctive twist on this, he called it Christian Perfection, that we could become mature in love and grow continually in the image of Jesus Christ. This is the way we become more like God, which is a goal of the Christian life. God is always taking initiative in our lives. The question is, will we come to see and grasp what God is doing for us? Will we respond to what God is offering to us? Sunday we worship God who invites us to build a life of faith, one that is strong and durable, a living relationship with God that helps us navigate any difficulty life can throw at us.

Rev. Dr. Dave Summers
Senior Pastor
pastordave@pvumc.org
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.”

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