One Faithful Promise: The Wesleyan Covenant for Renewal - Leader Guide
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This concise leader guide and companion to Magrey R. deVega's book and video-based small group study One Faithful Promise: The Wesleyan Covenant for Renewal helps small groups understand and respond to John Wesley's blueprint for a vibrant faith. Offering group facilitators guidance in navigating Wesley's five steps for covenant renewal, each lesson includes questions for discussion and group exercises. Contents include:

  • How to Use This Leader Guide
  • Preparation: A Case for Covenant Renewal
  • Step One: Confide in God
  • Step Two: Compose Your Spirit
  • Step Three: Claim the Covenant
  • Step Four: Choose Faithfulness
  • Step Five: Connect to God in Prayer
  • An Order of Service for Covenant Renewal in the Wesleyan Tradition

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 40
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 1501824961
ISBN-13: 9781501824968

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By makingi Three Smple Rules  and Five Marks of a Methodist accessible for a current United Methodist and Wesleyan audience, Abingdon Press has reintroduced Wesley’s formative identity and boosted our way of Christian living in thousands of congregations.

The next most important document that Wesley delivered to the rapidly expanding societies and congregations was The Wesley Covenant Prayer and Renewal Service from 1755, which are crucial to Methodist identity. This service, a liturgical event in 1755, was preceded by several mornings of teaching from John Wesley about "the means of increasing serious religion." Charles Wesley also wrote a hymn supporting the prayer – "Come, Let Us Use the Grace Divine."

Over the millennia since 1755, many Methodists have used this liturgy on New Year’s Eve – the Watch Night Service – as a service of renewal of the individual’s covenant with God for the coming year.  More recently many churches have found other opportunities to provide this opportunity for the congregation.

Wesley’s covenant renewal can function now as an accessible church-wide campaign that culminates in the liturgical affirmation and faithful promise to love God and neighbor faithfully. The campaign could be:

1) Used during Advent and culminate on New Year’s Eve with the Covenant prayer committed to memory and resolve.
2) Used from mid-September, with emphasis on homecoming and harvest, and culminated with the liturgical event on All Saint’s Day.
3) Used prior to Lent and culminate on Ash Wednesday, or
4) Used during Lent and culminate on during holy week (read prior to the passion of Jesus).

Author Bio

Magrey R. deVega is a United Methodist Elder of the Florida Annual Conference serving as the Senior Pastor at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, Florida. He is the Leadership Editor for Covenant Bible Study by Abingdon Press, overseeing the weekly small group classroom experience. He is the author of Awaiting the Already: An Advent Journey Through the Gospels; One Faithful Promise: Wesley’s Covenant for Renewal; Songs for the Waiting; and Embracing the Uncertain: A Lenten Study for Unsteady Times (Abingdon Press, 2017). He has developed numerous small group materials for such books as Five Marks of a Christian, Earn. Save. Give, and Counterfeit Christianities. He is a contributor to A Preacher’s Guide to Lectionary Sermon Series, the Abingdon Preaching Annual 2016, and Feasting on the Gospels. He is a graduate of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the father of two daughters, Grace and Madelyn.

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