Taken together, the Methodist family of denominations remains a powerful influence on the nation's religious culture. The success and popularity of Methodism stems from two mutually reinforcing factors. First, Methodists learned to foster a range of powerful religious experiences that they put at the center of their worship. Second, they learned to channel the religious enthusiasm that came from these experiences into a tightly structured organization. This combination proved peculiarly well suited to reaching out to the newly rising class of British industrial workers, who had been largely ignored by the established church.
In order to gain a full understanding of the United Methodist Church’s practices and doctrines, it is important to compare and contrast the modern tradition of the Methodist Church to Wesley’s original tradition; by considering Wesleyan-influenced worship specifically relating to Methodist preaching, the Methodist sacraments, order of worship, significance and meaning of various baptism ceremonies, open communion, and the nature of the early Methodist worship service. The Methodist tradition and it’s future has been significantly transformed from its original theology because of controversial challenges, such as: interpretation of scripture, abortion, evolutionary theory, sexism, racial issues, and homosexuality. As the founder of the Methodist movement, and later the Methodist Church, it is important to examine John Wesley’s influence and worship within the church. Before the establishment of the Methodist Church, John Wesley frequented the scholars of his local university and realized there was more to Christianity than what he was receiving through the Anglican Church. He pondered what worship meant to him, what he believed, and in what capacity those two things should be undertaken.
THE FIRST GREAT AWAKENING The First Great Awakening was an extremely important religious revival that moved through the American colonies. This spiritual revival took place in the American colonies around 1730 to 1760. The First Great Awakening was able to gain a lot of momentum because of the influential preaching that taught the citizens of these colonies that the only way to salvation was by accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior. Many of the colonists believed that they lived proper and just lives by attending church and doing good deeds. It was by the strong influential preaching that took place during the Great Awakening that preachers informed these believers that their works and good deeds would not save them; only salvation through
The Methodist Church has three basic principles: do no harm, such as fighting or uncharitable conversation, doing good, such as being merciful and following what God tells us, and using the means of grace, such as receiving the lord's supper and also Abstinence. John Wesley led the movement of the Methodist church in 1738 in England. At first they would preach in homes, farms, barns, open fields, and wherever they found an audience. John Wesley had only planned to make faith restoration groups. John Wesley had not set out to create a new church but eventually he did and now is the founding father to a denomination that has over 7.7 million members and growing.
Wesley was influenced by a lot of other scholarly Christians at Oxford, their group “became known as the ‘Holy Club,’ ‘Bible Moths,’ or ‘Methodist’” (Cross 1446). It was also at a meeting on May 24 1783, that Wesley “experienced a conversion during Martin Luther’s Preface to the Epistles to the Romans. Wesley’s professed object was to promote as far as ‘I am able vital practical religion and by the grace of God to beget, preserve, and increase the life of God in the souls of men’” (Cross 1446). The topic of this paper is theological information about salvation from John Wesley’s point of view. Salvation is one being saved from his or her sin by the act of God’s grace.
The influence of Calvinist, Mystics, New Age, Atheisms, and other religious faith has caused confusion among our cognation as to what they believe in. By studying this text with our congregations we can provide them with an understanding of where Methodism came from and where we are heading. I am looking forward in gaining a better understanding of where we came from to become Methodist so that I can better chart a course of where we are heading as a congregation, denomination and a people of faith. Let the journey begin. Works Cited 1.
Reverend Jonathan Edwards, a Great Awakening revivalist, emphasized seeking salvation by recognizing one’s own moral corruption and surrendering to God’s will. Although the Great Awakening challenged religious, social and political orthodoxy, the Enlightenment had a greater impact on colonial America and vastly influenced future decisions. The Great Awakening reached a large quantity of people because of the traveling orators that preached the evangelical word. Although Enlightenment learning was limited to the wealthy, educated colonists, the movement’s influence was still stronger because the well-to-do ruled the land. Enlightenment philosophers began questioning corrupt governments and the combination of church and state.
He is not as big as Spencer but his ideas were bold enough to be recognized. He played three important roles in the development of American thought, he was a great Puritan preacher, an exponent of the Classical pessimism of Ricardo and Malthus, and an assimilator and popularizer of evolution. He was able to build a bridge between the economic ethic set in motion by the Reformation and the thought of the nineteenth century. William Graham Sumner came from a hard working family. He grew up in the environment where he was taught to respect Protestant economic virtues.
This growth gave considerable influence and wealth to Protestant leaders, who could not only heavily support a variety of causes, but also throw their congregations behind them as well. These observations raise the question: Who was the most effective leader in bringing Protestantism into the modern era without completely sacrificing the core Protestant values? Though several Protestant leaders made significant contributions to the growth of mass worship in the modern era, Rick Warren was the most effective leader because he modernized his church and spread its influence without sacrificing the core Protestant values. The Core Values of Protestantism and... ... middle of paper ... ...hurch-to-pluralism-a-protestant-interpretation>. "Protestantism."
As stated, settlers set out to convert others towards Christianity because they believed freedom was found in worshiping God. Socially, if a person identified as a Christian they automatically were placed higher on the hierarchy. In the same respect, religion and politics at this time were delicately intertwined. Being Christian also meant the government heavily favored you and your peoples since you were to be considered influential in society. In the Maryland Act Concerning Religion (1644), John Winthrop’s Speech to the Massachusetts General Court (1645), the Trial of Anne Hutchinson (1637) and Roger Williams Letter to the Town of Providence (1655) one can notice the striking role religion plays both socially and