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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
Number of Pages: 40
Vendor: Abingdon Press
|Publication Date: 2016|
Five Marks of a Methodist: Participant Character GuideMagrey R. deVegaAbingdon Press / 2016 / Trade Paperback$3.99 Retail:
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Five Marks of a Methodist: Leader Guide: Also includes Participant Character GuideSteve HarperAbingdon Press / 2016 / Trade Paperback$7.99 Retail:
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Songs for the Waiting: Devotions Inspired by the Hymns of AdventMagrey R. deVegaWestminster John Knox Press / 2016 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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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 Wesleys 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 Years Eve the Watch Night Service as a service of renewal of the individuals covenant with God for the coming year. More recently many churches have found other opportunities to provide this opportunity for the congregation.
Wesleys 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 Years 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 Saints 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).
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: Wesleys 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 Preachers 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.