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United Methodist Beliefs: A Brief IntroductionUnited Methodist Beliefs: A Brief Introduction
William H. Willimon
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This brief introduction to the United Methodist Church spells out the major beliefs of the Church in a clear, nontechnical style. William Willimon, the beloved United Methodist author, teacher, and bishop, discusses the great theological themes that United Methodists share in common with all Christians as well as the particular accents and emphases that characterize United Methodist understandings of Christian doctrines.
In this engaging style, Willimon opens the door for further study, challenging the readers to move toward a continuing reflection on their faith. This guide will be of great value to those who are beginning their study of United Methodist beliefs as well as those who have long been in the church and want a helpful way to refresh their understandings of the distinctiveness of United Methodist doctrine.

William H. Willimon is a prominent author and a bishop in the United Methodist Church.
     


 
This Holy Mystery: A United Methodist Understanding of Holy CommunionThis Holy Mystery: A United Methodist Understanding of Holy Communion
Gayle Carlton Felton
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This Holy Mystery is a study guide for the official United Methodist position on Holy Communion that was adopted by the 2004 General Conference. The official document is included in the book in a running sidebar, with commentary study helps in a second column on each page. Each session includes a section of "Leader Helps" that provides a session plan.
     

 
Being United Methodist in the Bible Belt: A Theological Survival Guide for Youth, Parents, and Other Confused United MethodistsBeing United Methodist in the Bible Belt: A Theological Survival Guide for Youth, Parents, and Other Confused United Methodists
F. Belton Joyner Jr.
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Written in a humorous, accessible style, this book is an easy-to-understand guide to the kinds of theological questions that many United Methodist youth and others are asking today. Being United Methodist in the Bible Belt will help any United Methodist better understand their unique brand of Christianity in light of the understandings of those from the evangelical tradition. Not written only for United Methodists, others outside of the denomination can gain a better understanding of the United Methodist perspective from a personal point of view. With helpful sidebars explaining United Methodist history and polity and questions after each chapter for reflection and action, this book is ideal for Christian education courses for youth and adults, new member classes in United Methodist churches, as well as personal reading.


     

 
United Methodist Questions, United Methodist Answers: Exploring Christian FaithUnited Methodist Questions, United Methodist Answers: Exploring Christian Faith
F. Belton Joyner Jr.
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With its question-and-answer format and clear, jargon-free writing, this book is an excellent resource for learning about the United Methodist Church. Belton Joyner, a veteran pastor and popular author, introduces the reader to key United Methodist beliefs and practices through seventy-eight questions and answers, He does so clearly and understandably, with liberal doses of humor. He also draws on hymns from the Methodist tradition to illustrate key theological points. Church groups, those new to the United Methodist church, and United Methodists with inquiring minds will find this a wonderful resource for the study of their church.
Questions include: How do we know God? What is the meaning of the resurrection of Jesus? What is original sin? What the prevenient, justifying, and sanctifying graces? Who can be saved? How do United Methodists worship? Is the bible infallible? Who was John Wesley? What are the different types of Methodists? Why do the preachers move so often?

F. Belton Joyner, Jr. is a United Methodist pastor who teaches courses in Methodist history and Wesleyan theology at Duke Divinity School.
     


 
United Methodists and the SacramentsUnited Methodists and the Sacraments
Gayle Carlton Felton
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United Methodists and the Sacraments is designed for use with any group of adults interested in learning more about how United Methodists understand and practice the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. Writer Gayle Felton, guides us through the rituals and practices of both these sacraments in order to help us understand their life-enriching value.

She reminds us that our lives in Christ are grounded in baptism and sustained by holy communion. In baptism God claims us and makes us members of Christ's body, the church. In Holy Communion God offers grace and strength for our spiritual journey. We are truly called to live the sacraments of baptism and holy communion, as well as to receive them.

Each chapter offers a comprehensive look at what United Methodists believe and how United Methodists practice the sacraments. Questions for discussion and reflection with helps for how to use the book in small group settings are provided.

Gayle Carlton Felton is an elder in the North Carolina Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. She has served on the faculties of Meredith College and Duke Divinity School and was the principal writer for the committees that developed "By Water and the Spirit: A United Methodist Understanding of Baptism" and "This Holy Mystery: A United Methodist Understanding of Holy Communion." These documents were approved by the 1996 and 2004 General Conferences as the denomination's official interpretive positions on the sacraments.
     


 

 
The Deacon's Heart: The New United Methodist DiaconateThe Deacon's Heart: The New United Methodist Diaconate
Jack Seymour, Margaret Crain
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A Deacon's Heart is a significant gift not only to The United Methodist Church but also to the larger ecumenical community. The diaconate is growing at a tremendous pace in many denominations around the world. In all communions that have chosen to establish a permanent diaconate, emphasis has been exerted in interpreting the meaning and influence of the new orders and offices to the total ministry of the Church. This book will take its place as an interpretive resource on the new deacon in The United Methodist Church. It will assist in understanding not only the vision of the deacon, but how the very nature of the diaconate can lead the Church in renewal.
     

 
Living Grace: An Outline Of United Methodist TheologyLiving Grace: An Outline Of United Methodist Theology
Walter Klaiber, Manfred Marquardt
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Living Grace offers readers a clear exposition of Methodism's theology, founded as it is upon the biblical witness and enriched by the traditions of the apostolic fathers, the Prostestant Revival, and the Wesleyan revival. It will be helpful both to the Methodist constituency and to its partners in ecumenical dialogue.
     

 
Prayer and Devotional Life of United MethodistsPrayer and Devotional Life of United Methodists
Steve Harper
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This volume in the United Methodist Studies series challenges United Methodist to engage in life-transforming practices. The author explains a theme and underscores major emphases within the United Methodist denomination. This adult study is divided into four sections with suggestions for groug discussion, and can be completed in 4 to 8 sessions. No leaders guide is needed.
     

 
Doctrines and Discipline: Methodist Theology and PracticeDoctrines and Discipline: Methodist Theology and Practice
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The latest research done by highly respected United Methodist scholars, exploring the distinctive doctrines and disciplines of the denominations.
     

 
How United Methodists Share Their FaithHow United Methodists Share Their Faith
Rodney E. Wilmoth
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The author believes that United Methodists are sometimes reluctant to bring up the subject of religion with their friends and next-door neighbors. They doubt that their acquantances would be interested and feel it would be inappropriate to inquire about their personal faith. They know, however, that they should witness to United Methodist beliefs. How do United Methodists share their faith?
     

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