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?

Several theological terms influence our ministry today.  These terms are witness of the Spirit, holiness, sanctification, and emphasis on the fullness of the Holy Spirit.  In Wesley’s Fifty Standard Sermons it is safe to say that each sermon is a response to his walk with Jesus pre-salvation and post-salvation.  In Scriptural Christianity Wesley uses Acts 2 to communicate that Scriptural Christianity is primitive Christianity or a return to the gifts and fruits of the Spirit.  The Holy Spirit was given to them (people assembled in Acts 2) and all future ages to form the mind of Christ to express Christianity; not as a set of opinions, a system of doctrines, but it refers to men’s hearts and lives.  How is this to happen?

  1. Preaching leading to repentance and remission of sins,
  2. Conviction of the heart for the work of Christ to change folks from the inside out,
  3. Working joy unspeakable in each new believer, the witness of God’s Spirit with our spirit that we are a child of God,
  4. The Spirit works in us that God becomes the desire of our eyes and joy of our heart,
  5. This joy develops a love for all folks so our words and actions do no evil to our neighbors.

Closely study these points and it becomes evident of a kinship of the Pentecostal Holiness Church with Wesleyan theology. Senior members please recall the messages and work of the Holy Spirit in your early life.  Younger members allow the Holy Spirit’s shaping you as a biblical Christian.  Blessings!  Pastor Stan