Faith Once Delivered: A Wesleyan Witness

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.
 
You are invited to read it and join in the discussion as we go. Here is an excerpt from the introduction:
 
4. Methodism is no stranger to division. The history of Methodism in the U.S., for example, is one of both division and growth. Some forms of Methodism have now entered a season of decline. Others are growing. The hope underlying this document is that a vital and growing Methodism will be founded on the truth of the Christian faith as it has been received. We believe that Methodism was intended to find its secure footing in “the faith once delivered” (Jude 3) and only on this foundation can the experiential emphasis of the tradition be justified. The historic faith and the experience of the believer are not at odds with one another when experience is guided by the wisdom of divine revelation and communal accountability. Or put differently, the Spirit who inspired the Scripture will not guide the believer away from a scriptural faith.
 
Dear Heavenly Father, grant us your Word, wisdom, and way for this day. Strengthen us to follow your call.  May we who follow Jesus as Methodists find unity in our love and discipleship. Thank you for your many blessings poured out to us and to our neighbors. Give us eyes to see your love abounding and holy work spreading until they close in weary slumber. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

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