Wesley and the Vocation of Ministry

I’m reading a book called The Recovery of a Contagious Methodist Movement by George G. Hunter III, a book that my friend and colleague Len Wilson helped to publish while at Abingdon.

There were a couple of good snapshots from John Wesley’s ministry framework that I wanted to capture.

Wesley told his leaders regularly, “You have nothing to do but save souls,” meaning, “By salvation I mean, not barely, according to the vulgar notion, deliverance from hell, or going to heaven; but a present deliverance from sin, a restoration of the soul to its primitive health, its original purity; a recovery of the divine nature; the renewal of our souls after the image of God, in righteousness and true holiness, in justice, mercy and truth.”

Wesley, reflecting on the book of Acts, said, “Scriptural Christianity, as beginning to exist in individuals; as spreading from one to another; as covering the earth.”

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