Profiles in Faith 6

Profiles in Faith

John Wesley-6

July 26, 2020

The Character of a Methodist (Pentecostal Holiness)

Loves God with all his heart, soul, mind, and strength

In everything gives thanks

Heart lifted to God at all times

Loves every man as his own soul

Pure in heart

God reigns alone

Keeps all the commandments

Does all to the glory of God

Adorns the doctrine of God in all things.

Ephesians 3:16-19 The Voice 16 Father, out of Your honorable and glorious riches, strengthen Your people. Fill their souls with the power of Your Spirit 17 so that through faith the Anointed One will reside in their hearts. May love be the rich soil where their lives take root. May it be the bedrock where their lives are founded so that together 18-19 with all of Your people they will have the power to understand that the love of the Anointed is infinitely long, wide, high, and deep, surpassing everything anyone previously experienced. God, may Your fullness flood through their entire beings.

Personal character is extremely important for our holiness life. Methodist Character is taken from Wesley’s first tract describing the Methodist movement. Our Scripture passage provides the insight in living solely for God by John Fletcher, the heir to lead the Methodist movement and the key is “power of Your Spirit.”

Wesley understood Scripture as the outline for holy living. Thus, the line of “Adorns the doctrine of God in all thing” is a key to unlock our Scriptural understanding. Wesley was a primitivist or one who saw the Holy Spirit’s work directing to formation of the early church. At points Wesley used a phrase “I have searched the writings of our Early Church Fathers for interpretation of Scriptural passages and doctrine. This leads us to look at the Wesleyan Quadrilateral.

The Quadrilateral is (1) Scripture, (2) Traditionn, (3) Resaon, and (4) Experience. From Wesley’s sermons we have, I want to know one thing, – the way to heaven; how to land safe on that happy shore. God himself has condescended to teach the way: For this very end he came from heaven. He hath written it down in a book. O give me that book! At any price, give me the book of God! I have it: Here is knowledge enough for me. Let me be homo unius libri (” a man of one book”). Tradition is, Wesley states, it supplies a link through 1,700 years of history with Jesus and the apostles. The witness to justification and sanctification is an unbroken chain drawing us into fellowship with those who have finished the race, fought the fight, and who now reign with God in his glory and might. Reason is, He states quite clearly that without reason we cannot understand the essential truths of Scripture. Reason, however, is not a mere human invention. It must be assisted by the Holy Spirit if we are to understand the mysteries of God. Experience is, although traditional proof is complex, experience is simple: “One thing I know; I was blind, but now I see.” Although tradition establishes the evidence a long way off, experience makes it present to all persons. As for the proof of justification and sanctification Wesley states that Christianity is an experience of holiness and happiness, the image of God impressed on a created spirit, a fountain of peace and love springing up into everlasting life. (From Wesley’s Works)

Here we locate our Scriptural description for Holiness/Pentecostal people. It is a balanced approach as Scripture builds faith to believe and appropriate our doctrines. Blessings! Pastor