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Calvin vs. Wesley

Bringing Belief in Line with Practice
Bringing Belief in Line with Practice
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When we stand at the Pearly Gates, God will not ask us what we believed but how we lived.

The theology "de jour" originates with John Calvin, with an emphasis on “the elect” and "sovereign will of God.”  So much Calvinism saturates our air that Christians may not know there is another way of thinking about their faith, one well represented by Wesley. But no matter what people think, many act in ways that promise to change the world by offering grace and hope but also by helping to provide food and shelter to hurting people. In other words, they believe like Calvinists but they live like Wesleyans.

This book is not intended to put down Calvin but to point to significant differences between Calvin and Wesley. Each wrote about major tenets of the church: who God is and what God's will is for us; the place of Scripture; the atonement of Christ; the role of human responsibility; the work of God’s grace, the relation of the church and world; and how these beliefs can connect to how people practice their faith. But Calvin and Wesley were different, and following their prescriptions will lead us down different paths.

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When we stand at the Pearly Gates, God will not ask us what we believe. God will ask us how we lived.

Congregations are made up of people with all sorts of theologies. Pastor Mike Slaughter even says that these can stand in the way of the church’s mission of social and personal holiness. But most people do not adopt a theology on purpose, mostly they merely breathe in the prevailing cultural air. The theology "de jour" seems to be Calvinist, with its emphasis on “the elect” and “other worldly salvation.”  In fact, there is so much Calvinism saturating the culture, that some do not even know there is an alternative way of thinking about their faith. They don’t know where to go to find a viable option; they don’t even know the key words to search Google. So people are left thinking like Calvinists but living with a desire to change the world, offering grace and hope to hurting people in mission and ministry—loving the least, the last, and the lost. In other words, they are living like Wesleyans. This book shows what Calvinist and Wesleyans actually believe about human responsibility, salvation, the universality of God’s grace, holy living through service, and the benefits of small group accountability--and how that connects to how people can live. Calvinists and Wesleyans are different, and by knowing the difference, people will not only see the other benefits of Wesleyan theology but will be inspired to learn more. By knowing who they are as faithful people of God, they will be motivated to reach out in mission with renewed vigor. And they won’t be obstacles to grace and holiness, but they can be better disciples and advocates for Christ through service in this world.

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9781426743351
    • Manufacturer: Abingdon Press
    • Binding Type: Adhesive - Perfect Binding
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9781426743351
    • Publication Date: 10/15/2013
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Don Thorsen
    • Page Count: 158
    • Width: 6.00 inches
    • Height: 0.50 inches
    • Length: 9.00 inches
    • Weight: 0.62 pounds
    • SKU: 9781426775062
    • Manufacturer: Abingdon Press
    • ISBN 13: 9781426775062
    • Publication Date: 10/15/2013
    • Format: Electronic Media
    • Author: Don Thorsen
    • Width: 1.00 inches
    • Height: 1.00 inches
    • Length: 1.00 inches
    • Weight: 1.00 pounds
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