Faith Once Delivered: A Wesleyan Witness Part 4

Recently, 50 plus scholars, theologians, and pastors from varied Methodist/Wesleyan backgrounds gathered for an event called the Next Methodism. There they produced a document called the Faith Once Delivered: A Wesleyan Witness. In the coming weeks, we will cover parts of their work in this blog. 

Paragraphs 41-49…JESUS!

Jesus loves you.  Jesus loves me.  The stories we tell about him, the words he offers through Scripture – they have become the fabric of our lives as Christians.  Yet, how often do we back up and try to synthesize all that we know about our Lord and Savior.  How does Scripture come together in a unified portrait of the second person of the Trinity.  This is what we discover in these paragraphs.

Jesus is the Word, first born from the dead,  Prophet, Priest, and King. His incarnation, life, death, resurrection, and ascension have fundamentally altered the universe and has ratified a new way of being with God.  Jesus, the Son, establishes peace, justice, joy, and love and gives us new community as we accept His Lordship in our lives.

Jesus has shown us the good way.  May our minds be conformed to it and our feet eager to follow it.  May our love be His.

This section ends with the Covenant Renewal Prayer.  May that prayer be our prayer in this season:

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thou art mine and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

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