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Wesleyan Core Values / Beliefs
Zoe and matt got hitched!
August 29th, 2015
And in the naked light I saw Ten thousand people, maybe more. People talking without speaking, People hearing without listening, People writing songs that voices never share And no one dared disturb the sound of silence. "Fools," said I, "You do not know. Silence like a cancer grows. Hear my words that I might teach you. Take my arms that I might reach you." But my words like silent raindrops fell And echoed in the wells of silence
in one God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and the Savior of all who put their faith in Him alone for eternal life.
We’re Called to be Holy
We believe that those who are made new in Christ are called to be holy in character and conduct, and can only live this way by being filled with the Lord's Spirit.
We believe in the Bible and its sufficiency to establish our faith and conduct.
We believe God wills for people everywhere to know Him and be made new in Christ.
We believe that the purpose of the Church is to worship God in spirit and in truth, and to reach a lost and fallen world with the gospel of Jesus Christ through its worship, witness, and loving deeds.
The following are terms descriptive of who Wesleyans are and why they do what they do. They describe the "soul of the Church"
The Bible is God’s holy Word. It uniquely and infallibly reveals God's plan for His people and how to live out that plan, individually and corporately. Beliefs, practices, priorities, and our mission are to be anchored in clear biblical teachings.
Jesus Christ is the defining feature of God's will and relationship with all humankind. In Christ is found both newness of life and the highest and clearest example for godliness.
People made new in Christ find Him to be the source of faith, hope, and love in both the inner life and in our outward actions engaging a world desperate for hope and life.
Making disciples is a clear mandate from Christ. This requires a strong missional focus on evangelism and training in spiritual growth and holy living. Done effectively, this will produce and promote growth and health in and among the churches.
LOCAL CHURCH CENTERED:
The denomination exists to help local congregations grow and multiply, be more healthy, and more authentically reflect God’s plan.
Local churches are the most fundamental and strategic points of evangelism and discipleship. The challenge of the denomination is to keep finding the best ways to serve, strengthen, and multiply congregations.
Wesleyans respect leadership that is placed over them, while realizing that the authority and effectiveness of spiritual leadership is not primarily bestowed, but earned, and is characterized by a loving and willing heart of obedience that serves God and mankind gladly.
Wesleyans desire to be leaders in serving.
UNITY IN DIVERSITY:
There is intrinsic value in every person. Biblical unity becomes all the more important and beautiful in the light of the wide-ranging differences in personalities, cultures, races, languages, talents, and perspectives. Finding unity and mutual love in Christ eliminates devaluation and deprivation of life to one another.
Salvation Wesleyans believe
The books of the Bible and the New Testament contain all things necessary to salvation; so that whatever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man or woman that it should be believed as an article of faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation.
Salvation denotes a work of God on behalf of mankind not the other way around.
John Wesley believed salvation did not consist of merely “going to heaven” because it is not an after-death experience but “a present thing”
(The Scripture Way of Salvation, 44).
Wesley called salvation a “present thing.” Not meaning that “all this salvation is given at once. Rather, it is ‘presently occurring’, for salvation is “the entire work of God from the first dawning of grace in the soul, till it is consummated in glory” (SW-44).
Wesley understood salvation to “consist of two parts, justification and sanctification”(SW-44).
*Justification is that instantaneous forgiveness of sins that happens at the moment of faith (SW-45). Acts 13:38-39 : Romans 3:28
*Sanctification is the process whereby the justified becomes holy. This real change to holiness is additional to the relative change of justification. It is a process that begins at conversion and generally entails years of gradual change but happens substantially in an instantaneous gift of God, often just before death. Matthew 5:8 : 1 John 1:7
Wesleyan Arminians believe that “it comes before” faith: it enables, but does not ensure, personal acceptance of the gift of salvation.
It is divine grace that precedes human decision.
It exists prior to and without reference to anything humans may have done. As humans are corrupted by the effects of sin, prevenient grace allows persons to engage their God-given free will to choose the salvation offered by God in Jesus Christ or to reject that saving offer.
ld with the gospel of Jesus Christ through its worship, witness, and loving deeds.
Wesley called salvation a “present thing.” Not meaning that “all this salvation is given at once. Rather, it is ‘presently occurring’, for salvation is “the entire work o