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In Elaine A. Heath's book, Five Means of Grace, she takes an in-depth look at John Wesley's published works about a shared Christian life together, which is possible through five indispensable spiritual practices.
This Leader Guide offers facilitators and participants guidance in navigating the means of grace and provides excellent small-group resources for studying the book and discussing the author's video conversations with onscreen host Joerg Rieger.
Number of Pages: 64
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2017
Series: Wesley Discipleship Path
The Wesley Challenge: 21 Days to a More Authentic Faith, DVDChris FolmsbeeAbingdon Press / 2017 / DVD$20.99 Retail:
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A Plain Account of Christian Perfection, Hendrickson Christian ClassicsJohn WesleyHendrickson Publishers / 2007 / Hardcover$7.99 Retail:
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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 Gods people to make One Faithful Promise: The Wesleyan Covenant for Renewal. The study by Heath turns to the practices at the center of Wesleys 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 Wesleys 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:
2. Searching Scripture
3. Receiving the Lords Supper
5. Conferencing (communion, fellowship)
"Surely John Wesley wanted his teachings to be presented in clear and understandable ways. Elaine Heaths teaching on the Five Means of Grace are simple and engaging with deep truths. Your group will love it!" - Jennifer Cowart (Executive pastor at Harvest Church, a United Methodist congregation in Warner Robins, GA, near Macon.) She co-preaches and directs Discipleship and Emerging Ministries at Harvest UMC.
"Elaine Heath is one of the churchs great teachers and prophets. With engaging stories and clear understanding of Scripture she invites us to experience Gods love through ancient practices that we desperately need. I will be using Five Means of Grace with my congregation as an invitation for those seeking a deeper pathway into discipleship." - Rev. Jacob Armstrong, Providence United Methodist Church, Mount Juliet TN.
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.