This week we start a new study: “Being United Methodist” Who are Methodists? How are we like other churches? How are we different? What difference does it make? This week, we will look at a little background and history, and then zero in on the Wesleyan Quadrilateral. We will come to the conclusion that Methodists are Christians who seek to practically live out their faith as they understand it. Methodists understanding of their faith is shaped by Scripture, reason, experience, and tradition.
Notes for the Sermon “What Is A United Methodist?”
A FEW MAIN IDEAS
A-John Wesley did not start out to launch a new denomination.
B-Wesley was concerned with people actually living out their faith. How can we organize and systematize our faith so that WE are changed and so that our WORLD is changed?
C-Methodist doctrine is middle of the road Christian doctrine.
WHAT IS THE AUTHORITY IN THE METHODIST CHURCH?
Theologian Albert Outler systematized Wesley’s approach into the Wesleyan Quadrilateral.
“While Luther and Calvin are more noted for their intellectual contributions to the history of Christian doctrine, John and Charles Wesley synthesized the writings of others. There is nothing distinctive within Christianity about Methodist beliefs. Methodism is a movement nourished by the Catholic, Anglican, Protestant, and Evangelical traditions, seeking to integrate faith and life, love of God, and love of neighbor. Today there are approximately seventy-five million Methodists throughout the world. The influence of the Wesleys can also be found in the Wesleyan and Nazarene Churches. There are eight million United Methodists in the United States…”