Why the Church Needs Methodism

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The Methodist church was birthed as an awakening movement to call nominal Christians into the full breadth of life as a child of God. This means moving beyond justification, or forgiveness by sins, and into an ever-deepening relationship with God in which we are conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. This is called sanctification, or being made holy. The founder of Methodism, John Wesley, was convinced that anything short of this pursuit would cause this budding new church to become a dead sect—a form of religion without its power.

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This is Session Two from Kevin Watson’s latest book and video series, Perfect Love: Recovering Entire Sanctification—The Lost Power of the Methodist Movement. This book calls all Methodists—the spiritual descendants of the Wesleyan revival, regardless of contemporary denominational expression—back to who we have been at our best, in times when we have been a growing, vibrant, and Spirit-filled movement. It is time to retrieve Methodism’s lost treasure, the doctrine of entire sanctification. This doctrine speaks to the radical optimism that through the work of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, we can move from struggling to survive as Christians to thriving! Perfect Love provides an in-depth explanation of entire sanctification and helps readers pursue all that God has for us.

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Kevin M. Watson has been in the academy for the past thirteen years. In that context, he has studied, taught, and written six books. After earning tenure at Emory University, Candler School of Theology, Kevin is returning to the local church to practice what he has preached. He will serve as Associate Pastor of Discipleship at First Methodist Church, Waco, Texas. Watson writes at kevinmwatson.com

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