Five Means of Grace: DVD

Experience God's Love the Wesleyan Way

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Five Means of Grace: DVD
Video - DVD ISBN: 9781501835575
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Published September 2017

Wesley showed us ways to reorder our lives through the “means of grace.”

John Wesley gave the Methodist movement (and all Christians in general) a discipleship pathway to follow. Wesley began with Three Simple Rules (or “General Rules”), and followed this instruction a year later with the Five Marks of a Methodist (or “Character of a Methodist”). Wesley observed the need for continuous renewal of relationships with God and others, so he established a recurring annual process for God’s people to make One Faithful Promise: The Wesleyan Covenant for Renewal. The study by Heath turns to the practices at the center of Wesley’s understanding of spiritual growth: the means of grace.

This book/study guides readers through the five means of grace that John Wesley called “instituted,” meaning these are spiritual practices in which Jesus himself participated and which he encouraged his followers to do. One of the beautiful aspects of Wesley’s theology is that spiritual practices are seamlessly integrated with practices of loving our neighbors well. This is why Wesley said there is no holiness but social holiness. A life of genuine prayer inevitably leads to a life of hospitality, mercy, and justice.

Through this book/study participants will consider how each of the five means of grace help us as communities of faith to pray more deeply and live more missionally as followers of Jesus Christ. These means are the ordinary channels that God uses to draw us into a fruitful relationship. These five means or channels are:

-    Session 1: The Means of Grace Are Spiritual Practices (16:37)
-    Session 2: One—Prayer (18:53)
-    Session 3: Two—Searching the Scriptures (14:26)
-    Session 4: Three—The Lord’s Supper (15:33)
-    Session 5: Four—Fasting (14:11)
-    Session 6: Five—Christian Conferencing (14:30)

Sessions are closed captioned.

About the Author

Elaine A. Heath

Elaine A. Heath is Professor of Missional and Pastoral Theology and former Dean of the Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. Previously she was the McCreeless professor of evangelism at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas. She cofounded the Missional Wisdom Foundation, which administers networks of missional and new congregations through a training program for church planters who work beyond the walls of the traditional church. She is a highly sought-after preacher and teacher. She lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina.