Don’t be a Christian enthusiast (like a bull-horn corner preacher), or a rational reductionist (like an enlightenment scholar), but allow the Spirit of God and your own Spirit testify that you are a child of God.
Paul says that those who are in Christ Jesus have no condemnation. What does he mean? Who are they that are in Christ Jesus? How is it they have no condemnation? John Wesley explains in his sermon, “The First Fruits of the Spirit.”
There is an ancient debate in the religious community that pits the law against God’s grace. Which is more important? Is the law still important given Christ’s sacrifice? John Wesley tackles these hard questions in this sermon.
We should not blame God for Adam’s sin; instead, we should bless God for using that singular act to lay the framework for the witness of truth and love through the sacrifice of the Son of God.
In re-preaching John Wesley’s sermon, one is able to see that becoming justified to God is the foundation of our hope. Truly no person can be at peace or have joy if they are not reconciled to God.
Pentecost is Christ’s way of calling us out. It’s Christ’s way of putting us on notice. Leave your shut and locked doors, in which you hide in times of fear and uncertainty, and let the power of the Spirit lead you.
The disciples are given a purpose, they are given a mission, but Christ tells them to wait, for they do not yet have the power from on high. Sometimes waiting is a necessary thing.
Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin is, in short, not only absent from the Biblical word, it’s antithetical to faithful living according to the teachings of Scripture, and it should be expunged from our vocabulary.
Saying to another, God won’t give you more than you can handle seeks to write off each person as an individual who must bear such hardships on their own. There is no Biblical foundation to this.
Can we stop saying, “God helps those who help themselves”? At surface level it’s not sufficient, and at the theological core it’s a lie. God is in the business of, and calls us to join in, helping those who cannot help themselves.