Profiles in faith 4

Profiles in Faith

John Wesley-4

July 12, 2020

Hebrews 12:13-15 The Voice 13 Make straight paths for your feet so that what is lame in you wont be put out of joint, but will heal. 14 Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness, since no one will see God without it. 15 Watch carefully that no one falls short of God’s favor, that no well of bitterness springs up to trouble you and throw many others off the path.

Ezekiel 36:25-27 The Voice 25 I will sprinkle you with clean water, and you will be clean. I will wash away all of your dirtiness, and you will be clean and pure, free from the taint of idols. 26 I will plant a new heart and new spirit inside of you. I will take out your stubborn, stony heart and give you a willing, tender heart of flesh. 27 And I will put My Spirit inside of you and inspire you to live by My statutes and follow My laws.

Our last lesson discovered Wesley’s conversion experience moved him from ‘striving to relying’ on God’s grace and forgiveness through the Blood of Jesus.  In Wesley’s sermon, The Circumcision of the Heart, he concluded the sermon with “Here is the sum of the perfect law, circumcision of the heart.  Let the spirit return to God that gave it, with the whole train of its affections…Let it(heart) be continually offered up to God through Christ, in flames of holy love.”  The holiness call has always established Pentecostal Holiness Church’s standard for theology.  Holiness is linked with the work of Sanctification.  Luke 3:9 English Standard Version reads,”Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”  At the Fall, our inner life developed roots of sin such as; anger, bitterness, envy, lust, foul speech, greed, and other vices, thus, the work of Sanctification is a one time experience cutting these sinful roots off at the ground.  As we yield to the Spirit’s work, these vices are considered dead and controlling our daily life no more.  This will lead to a greater love of God, His Word, and His Creation.  Wesley wrote, “Before when an evil thought came in, they looked up, and it vanished away.  But now it does not come in, there being no room for this in the soul full of God.  They are free from wanderings in prayer.”  This is a high standard for Christian living and the Pentecostal Holiness Church desires this standard.  Our early preachers used to say, “It takes out of you the things that make you mad.”

G. F. Taylor’s last years found him correcting personal mistakes in his relationships as growth towards perfect love.  He wrote, “When I feel any anger grow inside, I run to God as chicks run to the hen for protection.”  May our church reconnect with these foundational truths in our theology.  A final warning begs explanation, do not make Holiness and Sanctification a law, but a life lived in grace!

Blessings!  Pastor Stan

Profiles in Faith 3

Profiles in Faith

John Wesley-3

July 5, 2020

Hebrews 12:14 KJV  Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.

World English Bible  Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man will see the Lord.

The Voice  Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness, since no one will see God without it.

The work of Salvation is so beautiful as God through His Son, Jesus Christ, cleanses and begins a work to restore the Image of God lost in the Fall.  Salvation aids our understanding of God as a jealous God (Deuteronomy 4:24 “The Eternal your God burns with jealousy when you’re not completely loyal to Him.”, Romans 1:23 “only a fool would trade the splendor and beauty of the immortal God to worship images of the common man or woman, bird or reptile or the next beast the tromps along.”)  Just as earthy parents desire the best for their children, so God our Creator desires to restore His Image lost in Creation. Yet Salvation begins with the forgiveness of sins or an inner work on the soul.  Man attempts to cover the shame of sin by outward works, some of these works may be moral and just, yet this is a righteousness by law not by faith.


Profiles in Faith 2

Profiles in Faith

John Wesley-2

June 28, 2020

Galatians 2:19-20 The Voice  1The law has provided the means to end my dependence on it for righteousness, and so I died to the law. Now I have found the freedom to truly live for God. 20 I have been crucified with the Anointed One—I am no longer alive—but the Anointed is living in me; and whatever life I have left in this failing body I live by the faithfulness of Gods Son, the One who loves me and gave His body on the cross for me. 

Our last lesson ended with John Wesley’s understanding the meaning of the real Gospel.  Wesley’s Rules for Holy Living finally received life for him as he now received the witness of the Spirit that Christ died for him.  He practiced spiritual disciplines (fasting, care and provisions for the poor, visits to prisons and jails, partaking of the Sacraments, spiritual reading) when suddenly he realized without Christ, he attempted to justify his salvation by works of the law.  Isn’t it wonderful to see his failure in ministry (Georgia, answers for the Moravians’ questions, his empty moments in his spirit) was the greatest event for God to awaken him to “Christ died for me, even me!”  So how does a failure become the major focus for our theological heritage?  How does the ministry from May 24, 1738, till his life’s final day impact the Pentecostal Holiness Church?


Profiles In Faith: John Wesley

Profile in Faith

John Wesley

June 21, 2020

Romans 5:1-2 The Voice   1 Since we have been acquitted and made right through faith, we are able to experience true and lasting peace with God through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, the Liberating King. 2 Jesus leads us into a place of radical grace where we are able to celebrate the hope of experiencing God’s glory.

Have you personally ever experienced a life failure that led to a radical change in your life?  Please welcome a brief biographical introduction to John Wesley.  Some are saying, “Isn’t he the founder of the Methodist Church?”  Yes, some are recalling that the term, Methodist, is related to established daily Scriptural principles.  Isn’t he the one rescued from a fire? Yes, he claimed to be “a brand plucked from the fire at the Epworth Manor.”  Lastly, didn’t Wesley led a revival in England?  Yes, this revival lasted over fifty years and said to prevented England from a revolution bloodier than France.”


Profiles In Faith: learning Our History pt.2

Profiles in Faith

Introduction-Learning Our History-2

June 14, 2020

Romans 15:4 The Voice You see, everything written in the days of old was recorded to give us instructions for living. We find encouragement through the Scriptures and a call to perseverance that will produce hopeful living.

History is a complete recording of world events that involves people, places, events, and ideologies (a system of thinking).  History really is ‘His-story’, a recording of God’s actions in Creation.  God has enabled certain men and women to work towards His ultimate goal of Full Salvation and Redemption of His Creation from the effects of the Fall.  Our Scripture reveals a key to historical recording ‘to give us instructions for hopeful living.’  This is the reason to provide several historical musings that seek to provide understanding for the creation of the Pentecostal Holiness Church.


Profiles In Faith,Introduction

Profiles in Faith

Introduction: Learning Our History

June 7, 2020

Why record the works of our forefathers and foremothers in the founding of a denomination? Kenneth Scott Latourette wrote, “The history of Christianity, therefore, must be of concern to all who are interested in the record of man and particularly to all who seek to understand the contemporary human scene.” I talk to folks about their reading habits and their major reading interest is history. Yes, we have an unquenchable interest to know the real story. Therefore, I will endeavor to compose short insights weekly as we need to know ‘who the Pentecostal Holiness Church is and what are our theological roots.’