An emphasis on and an intricate development of the concept of grace may be the one doctrinal distinctive in the United Methodist Church.
Here is a good article about Wesley and grace.
Notes for the Sermon “Wesley Thought Grace Was Amazing!”
The video we watched from “LOST” at the end of the message is here.
The story of God in the Bible is that the world and the human race were GOOD when created by God. But humans rebelled. Sin entered the world. And now the world and the human race are broken—in need of fixing (salvation). This is the plot of God’s work in the world: to restore the world and the human race to wholeness and to relationship with God. How does God intend to do this? How does God relate to us? THROUGH GRACE!
Wesleyan theologians describe different ways grace works in our lives:
PREVENIENT GRACE: God make the first move. God draws us. John 3.16, Psalm 139
CONVINCING GRACE: “If sin is a disease that disfigures the image of God in us, then convincing grace is the diagnosis that tells us what is wrong.” -Scott Jones The Wesleyan Way
JUSTIFYING GRACE: This happens when we accept a new identity; followers of Jesus. Ephesians 2.8-9 This acceptance is called faith. Faith include belief and trust.
SANCTIFYING GRACE: this is for next week.
“In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.” from The Journal of John Wesley